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UNICEF’S “Innovation for Children in the Urban World” hackathon at Astana EXPO-2017: Fostering Urban Tech Solutions For Urban Challenges

UNICEF’S “Innovation for Children in the Urban World” hackathon at Astana EXPO-2017: Fostering Urban Tech Solutions For Urban Challenges

UNICEF in Kazakhstan together with the International IT University have held three hackathons to inspire young programmers to come up with solutions to issues specific to children. The UNICEF Innovations lab director in Almaty, Aizhan Altaibek, and winning team, Insaai share their thoughts on the third hackathon that took place […]

On 19 January 2017 in Jordan, (foreground) Bashar, 11, grins while using a laptop computer at a UNICEF supported Makani centre in the Zaíatari camp for Syrian refugees, in Mafraq Governorate, near the Syrian border. ìI love watching cartoons, and want to learn to make animations one day,î says Bashar, who regularly visits the centre. More than 80,000 people currently shelter in the Zaíatari camp. Over half of them are children.

Primero is an open source technology platform enabling governments, aid agencies and social service workers to provide life-saving services and conduct case management for most vulnerable children was launched by key players in the humanitarian sector including UNFPA, UNHCR, the International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, and UNICEF in February 2017. Primero was created as a case management tool that enables social workers in the field to manage children displaced by conflict and provide them with a means to access basic services including family reunification in their host communities. 

Children represent a disproportionate and growing proportion of those who have sought refuge outside their countries of birth. 28 million children have been driven from their homes by violence and conflict within and across borders, including 10 million child refugees; 1 million asylum-seekers whose refugee status has not yet been determined; and an estimated 17 million children displaced within their own countries ñ they are in dire need of humanitarian assistance and access to critical services. 

In response to humanitarian crisis Primero is preparing for scale in humanitarian settings in host communities Lebanon, Jordan and the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Primero is also being adapted and deployed for the case management of most vulnerable children in non-humanitarian contexts, more broadly. It is a highly configurable web application and mobile app that can run on a laptop, a privately-hosted server, or in a managed cloud

August 2017 Recap: Must-Read Stories

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 August. Click away. Hurricane Irma: U-Report works to protect children A truly global effort. Within 24 hours of receiving the warning about Hurricane Irma, […]

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 Innovation Team Spotlight: Chris Szymczak

UNICEF Innovation Team Spotlight: Chris Szymczak

Chris Szymczak, Event & VR Lead, UNICEF Office of Innovation, NYHQ. Follow him on Twitter: @theentreflaneur Tell us a bit about your background. Right now? It’s the Hudson River on New York’s West Side – as I am writing this from the Hudson River pier. Also, I graduated from law […]

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 […]