At Votem we believe we can dramatically increase the voter turnout in the United States and the World by making voting convenient, accessible, safer, and more secure than any means utilized currently. Our goal over the next 10 years is to enable 1 billion voters to regularly participate in the democratic process. To achieve this, we are developing a platform for mobile voting that the world’s election bodies will recognize and certify for use in political and governmental elections. By entering this Challenge, you will play a big part in helping to give democracy back to the people in every country by allowing them to more easily participate in the electoral process.

In this Challenge, we are asking Solvers for help in overcoming the significant obstacles that stand in the way of bringing safe, secure, and easy voting to people worldwide. These obstacles fall into three main categories that may be addressed individually or together: a.) security, b.) identification / authentication, and c.) end-to-end voter verifiability (E2EVV). We are not seeking software or computer code, but rather detailed White Papers / Blueprints / Specification documents that detail the programmatic manner and architecture of a system that overcomes these obstacles in the best way possible.This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by Votem.

Up to $230,000 in awards will be paid to Solvers. The best solutions that meet the specified Technical Requirements in each of the three primary areas will be eligible for $50,000 per area. In addition, awards of $20,000 each may be made to runner-up solutions in each primary area and to the solution that has the best overall platform integration. For truly exceptional submissions, Votem may be interested in having you be part of the organization that develops the final solution and/or a potential equity stake in the company in return for full IP ownership of the solution.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to use their solutions.


10th July 2015 Challenge Open for Applications
22nd September 2015  Challenge Deadline - Closes For Applications
20th November 2015* Expected Decision of Winners

* Please note the above timeline was updated on 6th November 2015

If you have any questions or queries about this Challenge, please email