Virtuous Reality: Is there a place for VR and AR in the ‘for good’ space?
Networks, Airbnb, and the United Nations

By Angelica Gustilo Ong

Hi there UNICEFStories Readers. In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during September. Click away:

I went to Estonia, and saw the future

A study trip to Estonia uncovered how the country facilitates citizen interactions with the state through using electronic solutions. These digital services present a vital look at what can be, if we build technology that is smart and at the service of people. Chris Fabian shares, “I went to Estonia, and saw the future.”

A Trip to the Amazonas: A disconnected community within a connected world

Participating in a study trip to the Amazonas, our female data scientist, Naroa Zurutuza explores ‘infopoverty’ and how much access to information children need to be ‘information healthy.’

Exponential thinking: A revolutionary mindset for development?

Addressing issues of urbanization, migration, climate change, pandemics, and disenfranchised youth require thinking exponentially. Learn how UNICEF’s Office of Innovation applies exponential thinking to their work on improving the lives of children.

Can big data be used as a social good in the fight against disease epidemics?

The increase in epidemics such as Yellow Fever and experiences with the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the ongoing Zika epidemic presents a new global risk. International organizations need to be able to know and act more quickly than ever. UNICEF combats this challenge by analyzing big data and collaborating with private sector partners to develop data-driven prototypes such a Magic box that predict and map how epidemics spread.

We know more about epidemics than ever before. Now, what?

Analyzing big data can help improve epidemic response through providing real-time information about where a disease is spreading, who’s affected, and what control methods are most effective. Find out how UNICEF expands their informational resources to tackle epidemics here.

Networks, Airbnb, and the United Nations

Our female data scientist, Suad Al Darra shares her personal reflections working with UNICEF’s Office of Innovation data research team where she’s tasked with analyzing heterogeneous sources of data and applying data science methodologies to develop data-driven prototypes in emergency response, infectious disease modeling and real-time monitoring of displaced persons.

RapidPro and U-Report at the World Humanitarian Summit

You may be wondering how a real-time information platform and youth engagement platform can be used in an emergency? In the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, Kalee McFadden and Stuart Campo share how U-Report and RapidPro can provide real-time data to rapidly and effectively respond to the needs of the communities affected.

Meet our summer fellows 2016

This summer, we welcomed three talented fellows who lend their expertise to support us on current and future projects. Instead of keeping them all to ourselves, we’d like to introduce them to the world. For they have all the capabilities to make significant contributions to the areas of design, educational technology, UAVs (drones) and our work for children. So, world, watch out for Karina, Naphish, and Fatima.

Using mobile phone technology for development

Read how U-Report, a social messaging tool, provides a safe space for young people globally to engage on issues that affect their lives, connect with their leaders and help change the conditions that shape their future.

Our voice counts. Senegalese youth gather to be heard.

500 young people from all regions of Senegal and U-Reporters from Guinee, Cameron and Burkina Faso gathered in Dakar to emphasize the importance of voicing their opinion on issues that affect them. Find out how Senegal’s youth encouraged their decision makers to listen here.

Ban Ki-Moon engages with young people in Myanmar on peace and reconciliation

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked Myanmar’s youth for sharing through U-Report, a social messaging tool, their views on what matters most in their lives. In response, he assured that education, employment, peace, youth empowerment and youth participation would all be given importance in all his meetings during his visit to Myanmar. Read how U-Report enabled Myanmar’s young people to communicate to their world leaders here.

U-Report aims to give youth a voice in policy draft

Myanmar’s Department of Social Welfare director general U Soe Kyi shares, we need the voices of young people.” Myanmar’s youth can help the shape government policies by voicing out their opinions on U-Report about the issues that affect them.

Virtuous Reality: Is there a place for VR and AR in the ‘for good’ space?
Networks, Airbnb, and the United Nations