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The Shield in the Cloud Innovation Challenge the global anti-corruption innovation competition is currently accepting applications for its second annual award, which was launched on 13th July 2018 (read our press release here).

The challenge aims to use the power of innovation to meet Goal 16 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: Peace, justice and strong institutions. Like the UN, we recognise that “Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law – we cannot hope for sustainable development.” Innovation can only thrive when corruption is challenged.

The Shield in the Cloud Innovation Challenge will reward and recognise, all while greatly improving the scalability, of the leading and emerging startups who are harnessing the power of technology and innovation to fight corruption and improve transparency worldwide.

The competition will be judged by leading experts from across the cybersecurity, technology, government, banking, and investment community.

Winners were recognised at an awards gala in Washington D.C. on 20 March 2019. At the gala, Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank, US Trade Representative, and Deputy Secretary of State, gave a speech on how open data, transparency, and technology can help fight corruption.

Congratulations to this year’s Winners: 

  1. Dream Big Shield :  4iQ, an identity intelligence company on a mission to empower identity protection providers, intel analysts, security researchers, and criminal investigators with capabilities to discover, uncover, and disrupt adversaries and prevent fraud, identify theft, account takeover and cyber espionage.
  2. NFP Shield: The Governance Lab at New York University, a not-for-profit with a goal of helping institutions to govern more effectively and legitimately through technology.
  3. Government Shield: The Government of Estonia, for its best practices and leading innovations in the implementation of the National Cloud that enables digital democracy through the provision of services online thereby adding transparency and accountability across Estonian political life.
  4. Special Recognition – Bold Leadership: This was awarded to two people, Lord Robin Renwick, and the Hon. Chester A. Crocker, in recognition of their bold leadership in good governance and of their work fighting corruption in post conflict societies. Lord Renwick said: “I was very pleased to participate in the Shield in the Cloud award ceremony and to congratulate the organisers, sponsors and C5 on the contribution they are making to better governance and the fight against corruption.”
  5. Special Recognition– Most Impactful Program: The McCain Institute

Want to Get Involved?
We will be hosting a number of dinners, roundtable, and mentorship sessions to discuss innovation in the accountability and transparency arena. Please reach out to Zach Beecher at if you are interested in supporting the work of the Shield in the Cloud.

Applications will again open up in Summer 2019 for the following categories:

1. Dream Big: This is the prize for the most innovative startup that uses cloud to enable anti-corruption compliance. Open to all newly-emerged (within past 5 years) and fast-growing For Profit businesses and all For Profit businesses with a technology-based product or service

2. Non Profit: This is the prize for the Not For Profit that uses cloud in the most innovative way to do anti-corruption work. Open to all Not For Profits of all sizes and from any region

3. Government Enabler / Government Initiative: This is the prize for the government department or multilateral organization with the best programme to drive innovation in anti-corruption using cloud. Open to all official government departments or multilateral organizations of all sizes

We will also be searching for two recipients of our special recognition awards for:

1. Bold Leadership
2. Most impactful programme or initiative

If you would like to recommend a person or organisation which is making a difference in the collective fight against corruption, please email

To learn more about the inaugural competition, download the 2017 Shield in the Cloud Whitepaper here. 

// Apply today

How can I apply?
This is a global competition, and all organisations of all sizes who are using innovative technology to challenge corruption can apply on F6s.

To nominate another organisation or to give your application direct to us, please fill out this form or contact

February 25, 2019
Applications Close

// News

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