Hi there UNICEFStories Readers. We’ve ended the year strong.

In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during December. Click away.

UNICEF Innovation Fund

The Fund’s 5 Start-ups Share – “Why Open Source?”

We asked UNICEF Innovation Fund’s first five open source technology start-ups one key question, “What value do you see in being open source?”. Read their answers here.

The first UNICEF Innovation Fund 2-day mentorship workshop was held in Dubai’s Innovation City on the 11th – 12th of December 2016.

UNICEF Innovation fund’s portfolio companies met in Dubai on December 12 – 13, 2016, to receive bespoke mentorship and technical assistance from a variety of experts. Hosted by Her Excellency, Shamma Bint Suhail Faris al Mazrui and the Ministry of Youth in Dubai, this 2-day mentorship discussed pitfalls, red flags, strengths, and value propositions. Read the key takeaways here.

The first humanitarian drone testing corridor in Africa

Explore use of drones to deliver faster aid in crises, The Government of Malawi and UNICEF have established the first humanitarian drone testing corridor in Africa

Interested in using this testing corridor? Read the UNICEF Humanitarian Drone Testing Corridor FAQ.

Companies and individuals can register their interest here.

How Facebook statuses informed the Zika response in Brazil

The Facebook & UNICEF partnership is one of a growing number of examples of how public-private partnerships can work together to address rapidly evolving challenges we face, globally. First up, read how real-time data is used better understand disease epidemics such as Zika.

How innovation in data generation can contribute to social good

UNICEF Innovation’s Futures Lead, Erica kochi shares how innovation in a data generation can contribute to social good.

Team SoaPen: From Paper to Prototype

SoaPen, one of the winners of the Wearables for Good Challenge shares their journey of how an idea on paper can lead to creating solutions that can help improve the lives of children, globally. Read it here.

Colour-coded Labels Improve UNICEF’s Supply Response

Feedback received from local communities highlighted the need for kit labeling improvements. In response, UNICEF with Danmarks Tekniske Universitet – DTU designed a new label system using colours and symbols. Find out how these colour-coded labels has helped optimized kit handling procedures here.

Can we know if water is safe in real time?

UNICEF Supply Division together with the world’s water experts met in Copenhagen to take on this challenge – designing solutions that can help improve existing water monitoring tools and systems. Here’s the highlights.

Designing Field Trial Protocols in Ethiopia for Pneumonia Diagnostic Devices

A recent ARIDA mission to Ethiopia focused on designing field test protocols for pneumonia diagnostic devices. Read the highlights here.

The 4th Global Innovation Center Advisory Committee Meeting: Shaping More Effective Services and Solutions on the Ground

The 4th Global Innovation Centre Advisory Committee Meeting in Jordan explored how UNICEF facilitates and applies innovation in delivering results for children.

RapidCon 2016 brings RapidPro tech development community together

Annually, RapidCon brings together technology vendors, and partners to discuss developments around UNICEF’s RapidPro architecture. Read the highlights and outcomes of RapidCon 2016 here.

A team of innovators, a UNICEF staff member, and an NGO walk into a hackathon . . .

Over 100 participants gathered together at a ‘Startup Weekend Hackathon’ in the Zain Innovation Campus – ZINC in Amman, Jordan, to ideate innovative solutions addressing both global & local challenges. UNICEF’s Emma Ohana shares her reflections joining the event.

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Guillaume Michels

Meet UNICEF’s Guillaume Michels, our global product manager for the Internet of Good Things (IoGT) as he shares both the challenging and the fulfilling aspects of his work.

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