The call for idea submission at the beginning of this year led to an overwhelming response. The IIDEA/IRTF team received 54 application. Out of these, 35 passed the basic eligibility criteria and are now being pre-selected by the technical experts from the EAC Secretariat and EAC-GIZ. The 12 top-scored ideas will take part in a virtual Hackathon. This will further improve and sharpen their projects ideas before the final selection by the jury that will choose the final winners.