B The media & Kalabash
Magamba is a youth and cultural activist network using the arts since 2007 as a vehicle for expression under the highly restrictive conditions current in Zimbabwe. Magamba started the B the Media campaign in 2011, to promote free expression and demand accountability through new forms of media activism. Through workshops, young people gain skills in blogging, podcasts, video blogging, and newsletter writing, to cover both events that they organize themselves, as well as other social, cultural and political events. By providing a space where young Zimbabweans can express themselves, B the...
A belief that citizens’ voice can be harnessed as a resource led to the invention of Social Cops, a technology platform that crowd-sources citizen reports regarding civic issues and forwards them to relevant authorities. Google maps integration & GPS tracking allows to identify the relevant authority in a given case and to forward the complaint to the authority involved via a customized dashboard with automated daily/weekly analytics. The institution involved in the project can easily engage with citizens by sending notifications, emails, SMS directly via the dashboard. Social Cops uses...
YES AYV Creative Youth Media Project
The Yes AYV Creative youth media project was launched in 2011 with the support of UNHABITAT and Adobe Youth Voices. Over one hundred under-served youth were trained in digital media creation. Yes AYV has been a telling success, polishing young people’s skills in teamwork, self-expression, interactive dialogue and digital journalism so that they are able to report on issues relevant to their lives. By learning to create and publish digital media on interactive social platforms, once deprived youth have turned into active participants addressing the public interest of their community, country...
Launched in spring, 2013, Viadedo is the first carpooling platform in Paraguay that offers car owners with a spare seat a place to post their planned routes, so that passengers can join them. People gain another means of transportation and car owners save money on fuel.
Considered to be dangerous, carpooling was once a controversial topic in Paraguay. To overcome this perception, Vialedo targeted safety as the major priority in the project’s development, allowing users to check drivers’ credentials on Facebook. Car owners can alsopost a route that is only visible to their Facebook friends or...
Book for Book
The Book for Book website provides high school students with the possibility of matching requests and exchanging books of particular interest. In the spirit of solidarity and environmental awareness, the platform aspires to host young students and parents who wish to find books online for free, quickly and easily. Platform users can offer or search for specific textbooks that other users living close to them may have already offered. A meeting can easily be arranged for the book exchange to take place. School principals or even students within a specific neighbourhood can organize a meeting...
Wiithaa, the upcycling network
The Wiithaa website is an upcycling network. Upcycling is a way of recycling by adding value or new use to objects or materials thanks to design, helping companies to give new life to their waste. The Wiithaa Lab invites designers, engineers and other specialists to evaluate excess production and to offer local synergies, to find new partners, and especially, develop prototypes of new products or new services. Wiithaa accompanies users in the implementation of these new processes. By applying design thinking to the problem of waste, businesses and communities can use the proposed solutions to...
You Are What You Post
“You Are What You Post” (“Eres lo que publicas”) is a social campaign aimed to reduce the negative consequences of inappropriate use of digital social networks. The website focuses on a strategy for young people, advocating the proper use of social networks to turn them into platforms for personal well-being, and offering protection against cyber-crime.
The project encourages moderation in the use of online networks, in order to avoid social isolation and computer addiction, and raises awareness of the personal and professional consequences of posting inappropriate or discriminatory content,...
Lendabook is a social networking site, where anyone can facilitate the mutual borrowing and lending of books wherever they are. Lendabook lets people make friends, share books they own and borrow them from each other. Lendabook is becoming a giant digital library scattered in various regions of Indonesia with diverse collections of books. As the value of books increases with growing ease of access, Lendabook is bound to promote the culture of reading.
Member registration is simple: all it takes is information including residence, email address, facebook, and twitter accounts. Members’...
Jerry Do It Together
Jerry Do It Together is an open-knowledge project that focuses on the building process of IT infrastructures. It brings together citizens that decided to build a more inclusive digital society. A Jerry is a customized computer inside of a plastic jerry can, built together with its end users. Made out of end of life materials, they are the low cost solution for digital empowerment. The project compiles open-source building manuals and free tutorials assisting everyone to create a Jerry of his own.
The initiative is spread through the Jerry Clan, a global community of users and builders, that...
Get Water! is the first mobile game developed by Decode Global launched on March 22, 2013 for World Water Day. Get Water! is a story-driven, gesture controlled, endless runner-game for mobile touch screen devices. The social impact game tells an engaging tale about the protagonist Maya, a brave young teenage girl who gets pulled out of school to fetch clean water for her family. The purpose of Get Water! is to raise awareness of water scarcity and how it directly affects girls’ education. The player’s role is to help Maya in her task, by guiding her through a 2D world full of obstacles. The...
Connecting for my health
Connecting for my health is an SMS system that aims to empower young women and girl adolescents in rural areas of Guatemala with information regarding the prevention of child and teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and HIV. Through messages, the girls receive free weekly information for seven months but can also ask educators directly about how to take care of themselves. The platform targets youth in thirteen rural municipalities using educational games and mobile phones to transmit knowledge and inspire users to become disseminators who will reach even more girls. Access to...
The African Queens Project
The African Queens Project is an interactive website sharing the stories of women around Africa. The platform highlights struggles, triumphs, and victories of African women of every generation and the steps they are taking to make a difference in their communities and nations and so as to motivate and inspire other women who want to do the same or partner with them. The website content includes blog entries, videos, podcasts and pictures. Regular updates with content and the interactivity with social media is essential to the project. Each month there is an “African queen of the month” who is...
The LISTA Initiative
The LISTA Initiative is the world’s first tablet-based financial education program It is designed to help poor women living in rural areas to access information and training that will help them make more informed decisions, all from the comfort of their own homes. This self-teaching platform, pilot-tested in rural Colombia as a tablet-based app, teaches users how to navigate the formal financial system, receive tips on managing their household finances, and access a wide range of information despite geographic barriers. The app and its complementary distribution methodology have been designed...
Challenge:Youth (C:Y), a Global Youth Think-DO-Tank, engages, fosters and supports young local talents in creating collective environmental, social and economic initiatives, helping them become the global citizens of tomorrow. With an international online youth community of over 35,000 members from 242 countries and 1,802 schools across world, C:Y is impacting thousands of lives every second. C:Y works to fuel change makers learn sustainable development, igniting young minds to generate innovative ideas for solving pressing global issues via web-based competitions. Supported by the online...
iScuela is a self-learning platform for school kids. The project is based on an Android platform, which provides children with learning material for an entire year without the need of an internet connection. The creators of iScuela are aiming at tackling problems in the education sector such as affordability of education, internet availability, the gap between the level of education in cities and rural areas and the lack of qualified teachers. iScuela combines images, audio, video, 3D animations and other interactive methods to deliver complicated content matter that is not just interesting...
Yomken.com is the first social platform that offers a hybrid model between open-innovation and crowd-funding platform in the Arabic-speaking world. It tries to bridge the gap between the challenges faced by micro- and small entrepreneurs (MSE) working mainly in low-tech and informal manufacturing industries and the innovative ideas and skills of potential problem solvers.
As a non-profit online platform Yomken.com is providing an innovative channel to market new products, enable entrepreneurs to develop their ideas through “crowd-funding” and connect people.
Yomken is mainly a youth-based...
Diabetes.bh is the first online platform that is targeted at diabetes in Bahrain. Through it, stakeholders in the diabetes ecosystem - specialists, hospitals, clinics, universities, etc. - can contribute to create a collaborative environment for this disease. The platform is designed to be an open-source initiative where the Diabetes.bh team actively targets partners in the area of diabetes in Bahrain to become content providers and collaborators to the website. Besides the key services and content, it provides news and a blog section, a directory of contacts, an event calendar, a media...
Friends2Support (F2S) is an Indian voluntary blood donation organization. It brings together voluntary blood donors and those in need of blood onto a common platform. F2S was founded as an effort to tackle the problem of blood unavailability at hospitals. The organization’s main aim is to change the society towards stronger solidarity regardless of caste, creed or religion. By organizing rallies, events and other activities the team promotes their concept and raise awareness.
Essential tools for their work is the website and the new mobile applications which are connecting all stakeholders...
Keepo is a digital platform; purposely designed to help small medias, journalists, writers or others in developing their existences. Keepo elimininates all difficulties; since it's free and has the features needed to manage and develop medias. Keepo offers opportunities for people who wants to speak out to have their own medias. From the spot to create, easy ways to post and manage informations, monitoring and interacting with viewers.
OpinionNigeria.com is Nigeria’s number one public opinion platform, where today’s topical issues are brought, analyzed and draw up lines between success and failure. The concept of Opinion Nigeria is to give voice to the people through the web. It is dedicated to informing and educating people, as well as allowing individuals in there various areas of interest to take part in contributing through there structured analysis.
GreenЯ is a mobile app that wants to form an awareness of economical driving. This is achieved by a visual feedback of the current driving behavior, which is represented in the form of a color change of the road. When the driver has an economic driving it appears green, blue for non-economic. So the driver immediately receives direct feedback on his current ride. In addition to that, GreenЯ determines an average value of all driving behaviors of all participants. So, the more people drive economically on a specific road section, the higher the probability that it will appear on the map in...
RecoFood is a composting system intended for a condominium. As a project is intended to solve the organic waste disposal problem in a very easy way. Composting really represents a cost-effective alternative to reduce those large amounts of waste coming from different situations. Each condominium will register to the RecoFood website by city, street and house number (thus creating a community for that specific block of flats), in this way it will be possible to give birth to two different types of tasks: those to be carried out by the single flat owners and those to be carried out by the...
VolunTEENnation.org, an online youth volunteer platform, addresses the challenge of limited volunteer opportunities for youth under the age of 18 due to safety, security, and liability issues. The mission of volunTEENnation.org is to engage all youth throughout the world inservice-learning and volunteer service. They are a non-profit that organizes and promotes youth volunteer opportunities and events. Cultivating and fostering empathy is the goal of our organization. They mobilize youth to volunteer through their website, international youth ambassador program, social media postings,...
Incredibox is an original idea created by the French graphic design & mixed media studio So Far So Good. Between creation and entertainment, the Incredibox site gives you the possibility of becoming the conductor of a human beatbox group. The application enables everybody to express their musicality through a fun and easy to use interface. The application enables everybody to express their musicality through a fun and easy to use interface, and to share original compositions to friends!
I Am Proud Campaign
The I Am Proud campaign boldly declares that the media is wrong. Women and girls need to be reminded that they are beautiful the way they are-with eccentricities, “imperfections,” and all; it asks women to realize their intrinsic worth. The goal of the project is to provide a safe haven for women, away from the harmful effects that the media has on womens self esteem. In todays world entertainment, music, and advertising over-sexualize women and preach that all women should conform to one standard in order to be considered “beautiful.” As a result, women learn from a very early age in order...
Sentinel smartphone application can automatically call your friends and family with your location in case of danger, on the press of a button. The intelligent application can send out alerts even if the attacker forcefully destroys the phone. With all emergency actions locked onto a single aesthetically designed button, Sentinel makes multiple alerts with critical data as simple as a button-press. The app has already more than 70,000 users on various mediums including SMS and smartphone platforms.
YouBridge was founded in 2009 with the aim to bridge the digital divide between North and South. The organization donates laptops to youngsters in developing countries – linked to schools, universities or NGO’s – offering them a window to the world. For their studies and future work this digital communication is an important first step. Through their online platform YouBridge connects the donors and receivers of the laptops with one another. Moreover they aim to connect changemakers all over the world.
WHATCHADO is a combination of storytelling handbook and standardized format of short films on real-life job descriptions that it was developed and refined in the past years in Vienna, Austria. It was initiated and founded by former class fellows and longtime friends who loved to probe people on their lives and backgrounds. That is why they started to develop WHATCHADO and eventually went public in 2012.
Started by teens in 2012, FoodSync is a food recovery program that tackles the interrelated problems of hunger and waste. Our world faces a substantial food distribution problem; at the same time as 870 million people suffer from hunger, between 30-50% of food goes to waste. To address this, this youth team rescues safe, leftover food from vendors and redistributes this food to homeless shelters and programs in need. In the process, they reduce hunger and mitigate potential waste. Critical to othis unique program is the use of open-source mapping technology, which enables participants to...
Open Journal Project
The Open Journal Project is an innovative program that applies technology to make humanitarian information universally accessible. Researchers around the world are exploring ways to improve water quality, provide power to remote areas, improve educational outcomes, raise incomes and develop partnerships to improve quality of life. If this information is locked up and not made available to communities experiencing poverty, and those working to make a positive impact, then it might as well as never happened.