Ventures

Virtual Reality Check: Making VR/AR Work for Everyone

Virtual Reality Check: Making VR/AR Work for Everyone

Written by: Chris Szymczak, Events, and Virtual Reality Lead, UNICEF Office of Innovation. Follow: @theentreflaneur Last year UNICEF Innovation asked a question: is there a place for Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in the ‘for good’ space? Today we’re taking a significant step to verify this. The UNICEF Innovation […]

UNICEF Ventures: Exploring Smart Contracts

UNICEF Ventures: Exploring Smart Contracts

One way to re-shape online transactions is in lowering the “cost of trust”; in effect, improving how parties transfer assets across the Internet. For UNICEF Ventures – where we assess and prototype emerging technology that can provide a portfolio of solutions to our organization as early-stage tech matures – this […]

"Community awareness at Vaemali Health Center, Epi Island, Vanuatu"
July 27, 2017: Dr. Ridwan Gustiana from UNICEF (cold supply chain planning expert) talking to health workers and the community about vaccine delivery tests (photo: Christian Vazquez)

Drones For Good – Participants in Vanuatu Drone Trial Take Vaccines to the Skies

In a first for the Pacific region, a trial is underway to test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to deliver lifesaving vaccines to remote communities in Vanuatu.  The humanitarian application of ‘drones-for-good’ is a compelling use-case, and the trial aims to assess technologies and operators that can help […]

Making Technology Work For Everyone: An Interview with Entrepreneur Fred Ouko

Making Technology Work For Everyone: An Interview with Entrepreneur Fred Ouko

By Ariam Mogos – Learning Lead, Ventures Team, UNICEF Office of Innovation. Twitter: @aamogos Last week, the Global Disability Innovation Hub held the first ever Disability Innovation Summit in London, UK. The sold-out event brought together academics, practitioners, international organizations, corporations, people with disabilities and other actors to explore the […]

ilhasoft – Push, building a multi-lingual interactive chatbot

ilhasoft – Push, building a multi-lingual interactive chatbot

On 12 July 2017, the UNICEF Innovation Fund announces another set of investments in open source technology solutions – Ilhasoft is among the companies to receive investment. The UNICEF Innovation Fund invests in technology start-ups from developing markets that are working on open source solutions to improve children’s lives. The […]

eKitabu – an open source, cross-platform e-reading system

eKitabu – an open source, cross-platform e-reading system

On 12 July 2017, the UNICEF Innovation Fund announces another set of investments in open source technology solutions – eKitabu, is among one of three new portfolio companies to receive investment. The UNICEF Innovation Fund invests in technology start-ups from developing markets that are working on open source solutions to […]

Children outside a flood affected school library in 2013. Cambodia is among one of the most disaster prone countries in the world
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New innovations protecting lives in flood-prone Cambodia

By James Happell, Technology for Development Manager – People in Need, Cambodia 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. Floods in 2013 covered almost half the country and affected nearly 1.7 […]