Problem Statements

1.    Traffic Jam


Traffic congestion is one of many serious problems in our country. Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh has an experience in population growth and mismanagement of traffic which results into severe traffic congestion .

Dhaka Metropolitan Police has installed some state of the art intelligent camera and devices for tracking the vehicle and monitoring traffic at the end part of Dhaka metro area. Now they will move on to install the facility in entire metro area. At this juncture they need some apps that will inform citizens the status of the traffic jam, provide custom media reports, let them receive and update situation reports from crowdsourced platforms or any other innovative solutions that can be provided to eradicate traffic jams.

The office concerning this problem statement is the Dhaka Metropolitan Police under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and the Roads and Highways Department (RHD)

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2.    Question Paper Leak


Exam paper leaking has been one of the major scandals in recent years. Though it is true that in a country where resources are scarce and transportation is difficult, we must rely on the honesty and judgement of individual people to disseminate the question papers and that in itself bears the kea to the problem. However, mobile and telecommunications have provided us a virtual infrastructure where we now can move information much faster than physical amenities. So, using that queue, the Education Board under the Ministry of Education wants a solution where using any innovative methods including QR code based encoding, mobile monitoring and verification system, enhanced security solutions or even crowd-sourced whistle-blower solutions are welcome. The solution needs to be practical and easy to implement in a national scale.

The offices concerning this problem statement are the Education Boards under the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education

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3.    Sanitation Behavioral Change


According to UNDP the total economic impact of inadequate sanitation in Bangladesh amounts to an estimated loss of about $ 4.2 billion each year. The DPHE along with other International organizations over the years have designed cheaper and safer latrines, provided sustainable financial options to install latrines for the citizens and have invested in small and medium enterprises in the sanitation industry to make these solutions available to the public.

However, a major barrier in solving the sanitation issue is the mindset of people. Unless we initiate a behavioral change in the way our general population. The DPHE and DWASA wants an public awareness solution promoting behavior change through participatory hygiene leading to sanitation transformation. They are looking for fun and innovative approaches to improving water and sanitation practices through peer education for the public and specially for children. Through hygiene-related activity-oriented learning methods, children become more knowledgeable and develop into agents of change in their local environment with other children, their families and the community. Any innovative solutions to further raise awareness on the importance of proper water and sanitation practices are welcome.

The offices concerning this problem statement are Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) and Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA)

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4.    Cyclone Center Management


Bangladesh is one of the top most flood prone deltas in the world. Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre and Bangladesh Water Development Board have cyclone shelters all over the country. They already have a cyclone center management system in place to manage their shelters. They also have a central damage & loss assessment system.

In times of emergency where faced with power outage and communication disruption, they need a swift and easy to use system to complement their existing system. They are looking for an easier to update, user friendly mobile solution for their cyclone center management system and central damage & loss assessment system. In addition, any innovative features that will support dissemination of early warning and coordination of resource mobilization is needed.

The office concerning this problem statement is the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre in Bangladesh Water Development Board.

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5.    Sexual Harassment


Sexual harassment in Bangladesh is so intensive, so pervasive and so overwhelming that young girls are committing suicide to escape it. A study by BNWLA shows 91% of the girls aged 10-18 years have experienced sexual harassment. It does not matter whether females/girls at work, in school, on the street, they in Bangladesh are often groped, flashed, taunted, rubbed, beaten and raped.

Total number of reported victims from violence against women from January to September 2014 alone is 210. Studies show that due to social oppression and fear of retaliation the reported number is far less than the real number. This is a silent but awful crime. Due to social stigma and lack of awareness, the victims of this crime do not raise their voice against it. But sexual harassment happens to be such a debilitating crime which eats up the very core of a human being. It hurts her dignity, makes her feel powerless, helpless and often she may think herself responsible and deserving of such treatment.

The Department of Women Affairs need a solution where victims of sexual harassment can safely report the crimes committed against them, they also welcome solutions that can ensure personal safety, connects women to safety networks, crowd sourced complain system and can raise awareness for violence against women.

The office concerning this problem statement is the Department of Women Affairs under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs

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6.    Rise of Non Communicable Diseases


Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are not passed from person to person. They are of long duration and generally slow progression. They include heart disease, stroke, most cancers, asthma, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and more. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports NCDs to be by far the leading cause of death in the world, representing over 60% of all deaths.

A recent study by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare shows that the burden of NCDs now surpasses infectious diseases in the country and now account for 61% of all adult deaths in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh NCD risk factor survey 2010 showed 60 million people in the country consume less than the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables,16 million leads sedentary lives and 33 million people use tobacco. 2010 National NCD risk factor survey showed 99% of those surveyed had at least one NCD risk factor and 29% had more than 3 risk factors.

The office concerning this problem statement is the Directorate General of Health under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

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7.    Water Transport Safety


Inland Water Transport (IWT) plays a very significant role in the transportation system of Bangladesh. Its low expenses and high accessibility, as compared with other alternatives, amplifies a great demand for carrying goods and passengers within the country. Although water transportation sector in Bangladesh possess geographical advantage but there are deficiencies in the safety aspect.

With the increase in population in the country the waterways are getting very congested. Consequently, the number of accidents in the waterways are also uprising and causing serious socio-economic problems. Some recent investigations show that at least 4,420 people died, 520 people injured and 400 people remained missing in more than 550 passenger launch accidents that took place in last 38 years.

Many of the accidents happened either because the launches were unfit or overloaded or due to collision with other vessels or structures. According to the Department of Shipping in December 2012, there were around 8,668 registered vessels, where 984 of them were passenger carriers. There are lack of human resource in terms of surveyors and the newly instilled Shipping Police.

In this context they need efficient solutions on crowd sourced complain management, cheaper vehicular tracking solution, safety awareness solutions or any other solution that can reduce the ghastly number of accidents.

The office concerning this problem statement are the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority and Department of Shipping

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8.    Corruption


Bangladesh routinely finds itself among the most corrupt countries in the world, according to all major ranking institutions. The amendment of the Criminal Procedure Code Ordinance separated the judiciary from the executive branch of the government, securing the legal framework for an independent judiciary. Administrative efficiency of public services was improved drastically, and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was reinforced as the main institutional watchdog.

Corruption is rampant in public procurement, in tax and customs collection and in regulatory authorities. Companies report being subjected to costly and unnecessary licence and permit requirements, while e-governance is just being developed in Bangladesh. Face-to-face encounters with public officials are therefore inevitable and facilitate the solicitation of bribes. Awards of public and private tenders are frequently marred by corruption allegations.

The authorities need crowdsourced solutions that go beyond the scope of whistle blowing and can bring in the culprits under proper inspection. Also solutions that provide information related to corruption-prone transaction to make the public aware of the pitfalls is also welcome.

The office concerning this problem statement are the The Anti-Corruption Commission, National Coordination Committee, Anti Money Laundering Department, Auditor General and Bangladesh Public Service Commission.

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9.    Sexual and Reproductive Health


Bangladesh’s girls and boys are not in a position to exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights. They lack reliable and timely information and life skills. This does not only cause considerable stress and avoidable violence and health risks, but also is the major cause for the high maternal mortality rates. Girls marry and have children at too early an age and do not practice effective contraception methods. Their parents and teachers are silent and act more on taboos than on the need to protect their children’s health. These taboos are fed by customary traditions and far-reaching gender discrimination.

About 3.9 million pregnancies occur in Bangladesh annually out of which 1.3 million are unwanted. Further, maternal malnutrition, infections during pregnancy, anaemia and repeated pregnancies contri­bute to low birth weight babies and thus, also, to a high maternal mortality rates. Also, 14% of pregnant women’s deaths are associated with violence and injuries. Virtually all deliveries (77%) take place at home without any assistance. A skilled birth attendant is present in about 27%.

Increasing awareness about sexuality and reproduction key to enable youth to make the right and informed decisions and enjoy harmonious relations safe from health risks and psychological trauma. It is, however, hampered by low levels of education. The average literacy rate is 48%, and the female adolescent literacy rate in rural areas is deplorable. High dropout rates and poor quality teaching are serious problems for primary schools. Only 46% of boys and 53% of girls attend secondary school. The current curriculum contains only minimal information about SRHR and often teachers are reluctant to even teach this content.

In this context there is need for sexual and reproductive health awareness solutions – from games to information apps and health related query solutions any innovative solution which is easy to understand and can reach the young adolescents.

The office concerning this problem statement is the Department of Women Affairs in Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and DG health, DGFP in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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10.    Road Safety


Road is a major mode of transport in Bangladesh. Over 70 percent of passengers travel and much of our goods movement occur over the highways. There is no doubt that road transportation is vitally important to our economic and social welfare and must be maintained and continually improved with due consideration for safety, minimizing accident hazards and risks. However, each year thousands of people are killed and injured on our roads. These terrible losses of lives and injuries affect us personally, socially and economically.

Statistics from the Road Safety Cell (RSC) of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) show the annual fatality rate in road accident in Bangladesh is 85.6 per 10,000 vehicles. This number stands in stark contrast to the below 3 per 10,000 vehicles rate in most developed countries.

The cause of road traffic accidents are, however, multi-faceted and will take years of concerted and coordinated effort to address. Overloaded or un-roadworthy vehicles, worsening road condition, blind contortions, lack of awareness of safe road use, poor traffic management and poor driver training are among many reasons for the high levels of road traffic accidents.

In this situation, they need solutions regarding traffic safety awareness, GPS enabled accident reporting app, black-spot mapping, crowd-sourced complain app against bad drivers, personal accident safety apps for drivers like snooze detection from eyelid movement, black-spot alarm, route declaration app or any kind of innovative solution to mitigate this problem would be appreciated.

The office concerning this problem statement is Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) in Ministry of Communication.

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1 Comment

  1. Arafat007

    I want to work with the problem statement number #2 first. what will need to do by me for that? Specifically i want to know the further process.

    #An additional problem
    I just register with my email(arafat.ict.mbstu@gmail.com) for the 5 day training, but for the verification certificate it says that “Its not the valid email”, but i am sure it is.

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