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In case you missed our latest blogs, here’s a recap of some of the top stories published on UNICEF Innovation’s blog during June. Click away.
On the 29th June 2017, the Government of Malawi and UNICEF has launched an air corridor to test the potential humanitarian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. The corridor is the first in Africa and one of the first globally with a focus on humanitarian and development use. Find out more.
UNICEF Ventures Lead, Chris Fabian shares his thoughts on the recent launch of Malawi’s Drone Corridor. He starts by sharing how this drone corridor will allow global companies to work with Malawian engineers, students, and aviation experts to test, build, and document the use of drones for the good of humanity. Read more.
On the 14th of June 2017, The Vanuatu Government with the support of UNICEF launched what may be the first-ever trial in the Pacific to test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to deliver lifesaving vaccines to inaccessible remote communities in Vanuatu. Find out more.
To understand the need for better transport vaccine delivery, Shirley Mabon shares her experience bringing her six-month-old baby, Matan for a health check and immunisation from the east of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, to Tsingbwege Dispensary in the central area. Read her story here.
Seasonal flooding is a perpetual challenge for the people of Cambodia, a country consistently ranked as one of the most vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters. In order to deliver timely & potentially life-saving information to people in disaster prone areas, People in Need Cambodia has developed an Early Warning System ‘EWS 1294’ utilizing RapidPro, an open-source platform to manage registrations and Somleng, an interactive voice response platform to connect important services like the early warning systems through to mobile phone carriers. Find out more here.
Through July 15th, the Innovation Fund is accepting proposals from startups developing augmentative and alternative communication technologies which employ a pan-disability and/or universal design approach and leverage frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality and data science. To learn more, UNICEF invited experts to a roundtable to discuss the potential opportunities around AAC technologies. Find out here.
On June 7 to 9, 2017, United Nations agencies like UNICEF together with AI experts, policymakers, and industrialists are met at the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss how AI and Robot, can help address humanity’s most enduring problems such as poverty, malnutrition, and inequality. Read more here.
The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was celebrated on 17 May 2017. The theme for this year’s day was “Big Data for Big Impact” and focused on the power of Big Data for development. To commemorate the day, Mohammad Ilham Akbar Junior, a United Nations (UN) Youth Volunteer with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Indonesia, shared his views on how Big Data can be used to inform the work of governments so that youth can better participate in policy-making. Read his full interview here.