Frequently Asked Questions 

The Challenge is designed to draw from the perspectives of a wide cross-section of society actors to shape the Hub and incentivize entrepreneurs to bring their energies and ideas to create it.

Track 1 - Create a Hub

Is this Hub a 6 month project? What is the long term expectation of applicants from Track 1? 

No, it is not a 6 month project. We envision the Hub becoming a big initiative (hosted in an organization or as a separate one) that continues to grow over the next several years. We expect applicants to be committed to be entrepreneurs leading, growing and evolving the Hub for the next several years. And as entrepreneurs we trust you to come up with processes and design that will enable the Hub’s success. As Agami, we are outlining the goals and curating its launch.

Does Track 1 include only technology solution?

No. Technology forms a necessary component of this Track to build the infrastructure and tools required to enable all of us to share, build upon and co-create datasets. Technology should enable hosting, comparison, search and analysis of data to an extent. In addition, it includes:

  • Processes and tools to facilitate users to share, including designing incentives, processes to ensure credibility etc

  • Community curation to ensure the Hub is being utilized to its fullest potential and thereby constantly expanding in scope and reach, 

  • Envisioning and strategising the Hub with short, medium and long-term goals

Will the Hub have to mine datasets? 

We are primarily envisioning the Hub to only attract and host users to share their datasets. It would have to create the tools, frameworks and processes to support and enable users to share and co-create datasets. In addition to other datasets, it can launch with datasets among others from those selected for Track 2 of the Challenge. Later, the Hub could also request users to ask for datasets that they want and mine those for them, in return for a fee or other incentives. This can evolve as a service if and when needed and found viable. 

Should the Hub provide datasets free for all?

We are looking for ideas on how the Hub can be designed to act as a public good so that a wide user community can have access and ownership to. Much like a road, museum or historical site, the Hub’s governance, structure and model needs to be designed as public good. This does not mean there cannot be services on top of it that can be charged for (like a toll for a road or an entry fee for a museum). We expect you as entrepreneurs to tell us how you will achieve that. You can propose different and creative financial models including nominal charges, a cross-subsidy model or a fully free model. We will assess based on the merits of the proposal and the track record of the applicants to be able to achieve it.

Is there any prescription for intellectual property assignment for the datasets created and shared on the Hub?

We are expecting you to share what form of IP licensing can help incentivize sharing of datasets while enabling wide access. Some form of Creative Commons License is a good start and you can give us a broad indication of how you are seeing this in response to question 1 in the Vision & Strategy section of the Application. We will go into details with shortlisted applicants during Stage 2 of the Application process.

How will the Hub ensure data credibility?

We expect you to share what processes you will put in place. Process could range from random sampling, auditing, peer review process or a combination of them.  We trust your entrepreneurial spirit to decide on the many aspects of the solution, rather than being prescriptive.

Does the Hub have to be in operation mode by September?

No. The Hub does not have to be operational by September. By September, we are going to select the team(s) that will create the Hub under Track 1.  By April 2020, we expect the winning team to launch an alpha version of the Hub. 

How will the Hub be measured for success?

Typically, No. of users, downloads of datasets, visitors etc. from usage point of view. Other mechanisms like credibility and trustworthiness etc. Based on the solution you propose, please feel free to specify any additional success factors in the Vision & Strategy section of your application. 

What is the funding available for Track 1?

Bifurcation of the Fund between the two tracks will be based on the proposals received. For example, some applicants may leverage existing platforms or build a new platform from scratch. There could be other similar factors and variations that can affect the budget to be anything from INR 20-40 lakhs to get the Hub launched.  Hence, we want the applicants to come up with their plan and budget for their proposed solution. We will assess the most competitive and credible proposals to earmark a component of INR I crore budget.

Should the community curation for Hub target only legal community eg: law students, professors or practitioners etc.?

We are very keen that this Hub goes beyond just the legal community to include users from different fields - universities, legal tech/service companies, CSOs, students, data journalists, people from other sectors like education, health, etc.. This is what will help unleash the full potential of the Hub and the power of sharing and co-creating. 

Track 2 - Create Datasets

Datasets proposed as a project in Track 2 of the Challenge, may need updates in the future to keep them relevant.  How do we make updates if we submit the first dataset on the Hub?

The Hub will enable the continuous updation of datasets. You will still be able to access, update, build upon existing datasets and co-create new datasets in the future.  Hub will be designed and built in such a way as to provide users with the necessary tools and processes (such as version control).

Do the datasets proposed in Track 2 need to be generated afresh in the 6 months time frame after being selected or can existing datasets be proposed as datasets?

You need to generate datasets if you get selected as winners in Track 2.  Your proposed project could be an extended version of an existing project or a new project altogether but the “generation” should happen in the next 6 months after getting selected as winners. Track 1 winners will compliment you (if you are a Track 2 winner) to ensure the necessary technology, processes, community, ecosystem is in place for your datasets to be shared on the Hub.

Do the proposed datasets have to relate to law and justice or can they be any other public  data eg: pollution data or urban governance related?

The focus is on the systems of Law and Justice.  Any data that can connect to the Law and Justice sector becomes an eligible candidate to be proposed in Track 2. If you can find a connection between any public dataset with the law and justice sector it makes a good candidate, eg: in pollution data - licenses or approvals or environmental cases related datasets can be considered but not air quality datasets that have nothing to with legal sector.  

Is there an existing model for Track 2?

Not really. The research approach will depend upon who is using what data for what purpose. Projects could look different from Universities, CSOs, law firms to legal tech companies, Journalists etc and involve a combination of qualitative, quantitative and statistical methods. Consider these data driven projects as the showcase of possible applications of data.

What is the funding available for Track 2?

Bifurcation of the Fund between the two tracks will be based on the proposals received. For Track 2, two to three promising projects will be chosen. Again, most competitive and compelling projects will be selected with a maximum funding support of INR 20 lakhs. 

Who can apply?

Who can apply?

We believe the leadership for such a Hub can come from anywhere. Technologists, students, lawyers, universities, social entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers, business entrepreneurs or even companies committed to the vision of the Hub can apply individually or as a consortium.  It is, however, essential to have legal presence in India. If you are an individual, you need to have a PAN card in India. If you are an organization, or applying in collaboration with an organization, you need to be incorporated in India. 

 Are joint applications possible?

Yes. Individuals or organizations can team up to complement each others skill sets.  You can already team up with them and apply. Or if you are not able to do so immediately, you can mention in your application that you are looking to build partnerships with those organizations.

Is a For profit / Profit making organization eligible to apply?

An individual, a group of individuals, For profit, Not for profit or a Hybrid organization, Foundations, Academic institutions, Companies all are eligible (with presence in India). More than the nature of the organization, we care about how you intend to come forward, structure this in this context and the long term vision you have for this initiative.

Is the application form available in pdf format?

The filled in form is downloadable in a PDF format from the same Award Force platform where you fill in the application.  Blank unfilled application form is not available in PDF format. There are only a few questions on the application. You can start an application on the platform, continue to update it there n number of times until you decide to submit.  The last date for submitting the application is Aug 10, 2019. After submission, you can still edit the Application form until Aug 10.

Evaluation Process Related

What are the selection criteria?

Teams will compete in a multi-stage process that tests for specific criteria:

  • Commitment to the vision and credibility 

  • Track record of entrepreneurial capability and creativity

  • Strategy to ensure the adoption and growth of the Hub 

Roadmap Timeline mentions ''public comments'' process - what does it mean?

The launch and framing of this Challenge has been collaborative since its inception. Inputs and insights from a wide cross-section of actors have enriched our own understanding of what is needed and how it must be designed to ensure success. We believe our collective wisdom will inform this initiative in emerging ways of being relevant, impactful and sustainable in the long run.  This is why the applications of those shortlisted for Stage 2 will be open for public comments: anyone can read, review and provide comments that can enrich both our and the applicants perspective. Please note, it is not a voting process, but to increase transparency and feedback for all. We will not be bound by comments received. 

While evaluating, will the Hub have more value than the datasets?

Not really. It is not an either or. One fuels the other. Infrastructure and processes should be in place for the users to start sharing and also more users starting to share makes the hub more meaningful and effective.


What is Agami’s role apart from committing the Fund?

Agami will be the launchpad to kick off the creation of this Hub and initiate conversations with early adopters who are willing to share their datasets. We will act as thought partners and work closely with the winning team to build the solution. We will also leverage our network, community and the key advisors, keeping them engaged in shaping the solution.

How has Agami supported people in the past?

Last year, Agami Prize was conducted and it entailed a one-time monetary award of Rs. 10 lakhs for the winners. Early this year, E-ADR challenge was conducted and a carefully vetted out team has emerged as a winner.  Agami is currently incubating and working very closely with the winning team and helping them set up a separate dispute resolution organization, build the solution to scale and take it forward. Data for Justice Challenge that Agami is conducting currently is the second Challenge. Apart from the Funding support, the winning teams of this Challenge will be supported by Agami at least for 6 months to leverage our networks to create the Hub and datasets.

What is the Challenge Oversight?

Technical Jury: Agami will convene a high caliber Technical Jury that has legal and technological expertise to support the evaluation process. 

Jury: Agami will recruit a high caliber entrepreneurial jury with a track record of leading change. Agami will seek to ensure that the jury is diverse enough to fairly evaluate the approaches applicants will propose and develop through the course of the Challenge. The jury will convene, meet the shortlisted applicants in person, enquire to arrive at a fair judgment.