UNICEF Nicaragua, a partner of Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, presented the Sociopreneur Initiative at the first festival of public innovation, FINDEMO, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the end of March 2014.
The event consisted of 48 hours of hack-a-thon with over 150 entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and academics united to tackle five problems in public policy. The Sociopreneur Initiative was the only challenge from the social sector and the only one from outside South America. The pressure was on to present a challenge exciting enough to attract as many brains as possible from this busy crowd.
Official video of FINDEMO: hacking public policy in a non-conventional way
With smoke machines, AC/DC, and a killer presentation our UNICEF chicas didn’t disappoint… We drew in the largest and most creative minds at FINDEMO, who worked tirelessly on an exciting proposal amid circus performances, inspiring talks, and lots of dancing.
In fact, our group ended up winning the prize for best integration of Human Centered Design in their final proposal. And they continue their support and follow-up from afar. The result was our proposal to build the first hackerspace in Nicaragua!
Creating a hackerspace was also our idea to take advantage of the tourism value chain as an integral component of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. It’s about having a physical and self-sustainable place, where locals and tourists come together to create concrete things that have a social impact.
Results in less than 100 days
Meanwhile, our determined sociopreneurs from the first cohort have been busy implementing their 100-day results-oriented plans. Some highlights:
Coaches in action
It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a world of amazing coaches to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem. So far, we’ve had the honor of working with a group of fantastic innovators from Argentina, Colombia, the United States, and Chile.
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Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF Nicaragua