UGANDA, 2013. Unaccompanied refugee children who run from their homes alone are registered by Red Cross officials at the Bubukwanga transit Centre using the RapidFTR system. © UNICEF/UGDA201300412/ISAAC KASAMANI

Entrepreneurs often talk about the “pain points” their new app or service will ease, but as it has been repeatedly pointed out, the problems they solve are more often than not the problems of affluent and hyper-connected 20-somethings in cities with great cell service and ample Wi-Fi. The problem and pain encountered by a lost child in the developing world, though — someone with maybe no parents and no last name, and almost certainly no cellphone — are tended to less often.

But for Jorge Just, a student in a class called “Design for UNICEF,” at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, it was exactly the kind of problem he wanted to tackle — and one in which he though a little technology could make a real difference for people suffering under tremendous emotional distress.”

Read the full article in The New York Times here.

Read more:

Rapid route to reuniting Congolese refugee children in Uganda with their families: here

A tour of RapidFTR in Uganda: here

Wired UK’s coverage of RapidFTR: here

UNICEF Encourages the Use of Educational Technology
UNICEF Innovation Unit Annual Report