Blockchain Pioneers Hackathon
Blockchain4Good – Shaping Smart Sustainable Cities for the Future
Bratislava –> Berlin –> Shanghai
Blockchain Pioneers 2018 is coming to Berlin! Join the hackathon to build a blockchain solution from scratch that shapes cities of tomorrow! Win 20.000 DCT, mentoring as well as a trip to join the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 (SIBW) in Shanghai!
You have 2.5 day to hack, meet pioneers, entrepreneurs, techies and changemakers, learn from experts in the field of blockchain and social innovation and receive one-on-one mentoring to create your blockchain solutions that shapes smart sustainable cities.
We will focus on the following tracks:
Government | Mobility & Logistics | Energy | Finance | Health
- 20.000 DCT, mentoring & collaboration with DECENT to implement the solution
- Compete with the winners from all global DECENT hackathons
- 4x ticket + trip to the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 in Shanghai (tickets + flight tickets + accommodation)
- 1x ticket + trip to the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 in Shanghai (tickets + flight tickets + accommodation)
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Global Sustainability Trend Report
How can we access grass-route innovators to understand emerging trends and innovation that will affect business strategies in the future?
Europe, Middle East & Africa, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific
- Scouted +150 sustainable experts & pioneers via our global Impact Hub network to gain insights into industries such as: Agriculture, Automotive, Transportation, Electronics, Energy, Consumer, Goods, Food, Health and Construction
- Identified stakeholders and insights from different fields such as industry, regulations, NGO, investors, start-up / Entrepreneurs, Academia, science, digital experts, multipliers, opinion leaders, pioneers to conduct one-on-one interviews as well as a global survey
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Accelerating Green Start-ups in Peru & Empowering the Local Ecosystem
How can we build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem for green start-ups? How can we empower Start-ups in Biodiversity to realise the potential of their impact?
- Leading a Workshop with key stakeholders in Lima to share knowledge on how to grow a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem
- Impact Bootcamp to support Biostart-up Finalists to identify and leverage their impact
- Educating Start-up Usil in running a bootcamp focused on Impact
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GIZ Lab of Tomorrow – Human-centered research to access emerging markets
How can you create new business ventures in emerging markets and establish strong local partnerships?
Zambia, Kenya, Uganda
- Define the challenge and select cross-sector partners
- Human-centered Research & Stakeholder Mapping to identify core needs, challenges and potentials
- Ideation & Prototyping Workshop to design new solutions and strengthen partnerships
- Test and Pilot new solutions in the field
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Empower women and girls in tech from Accra, Manila, Odessa and Sao Paulo
How can we empower women in tech globally to close the gender digital divide?
Philippines (Manila), Ukraine (Odessa), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Germany (Berlin), Ghana (Accra)
- we ran local workshops in Manila, Odessa, Sao Paulo and Accra to connect and enable female leaders running ventures that empower women. After a pitch session the two most promising ventures were selected from each location
- Eight teams were invited to a one-week hackathon and pitch event in Berlin
- The winning teams presented on stage at the G20 Summit; with Chancellor Angela Merkel in attendance
Challenges women in tech face are universal
During the local workshops across four continents we wanted to understand the barriers and potential of women and girls in tech. The insights were surprising: each young female leader working in tech faces very similar challenges.
Barriers – what prevents women and girls from participating in tech, as users, content creators, employees, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders?
- Stereotypes, culture doesn’t see women in tech roles
- Social inequality, violence and disrespect
- Poor educational systems, lack of ambitions & confidence
- Lack of information, lack of access to funding, lack of role models
Potentials – What are the potentials of digital technologies for women and girls in our country?
- Break boundaries and give access to knowledge and information; include marginalized groups
- Leverage entrepreneurship and empower female Womanpreneurs
- Portray more female techies as role models
- Increase diversity and inclusion at the workplace
Uniting forces to show
To foster local innovation and to support initiatives that empower women and girls in tech, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Google and Impact Hub Berlin organised a hackathon to develop solutions that address the gender digital divide. The challenge started with local exploration workshops that took place on 4 different continents in 4 different cities (Accra, Manila, Odessa and Sao Paulo) in March 2017. Around 50 young female leaders were gathered to discuss how women and girls can be actively supported to overcome the barriers in the digital world. After a local pitch event the most promising ventures were selected by a local jury. Four finalists were invited to Berlin where they took part in a hackathon. The winning teams presented on stage at the G20 Germany Summit 2017 and managed to score a selfie with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Every team received 6 months of mentoring to further improve their business and skills. They all became role models of women who empower women and girls in tech.
Local solutions are already making a global impact
Eight powerful initiatives from four continents rocked our world big time! While everyone is still in the process of realizing the devastating gender gap in tech, these young female leaders are already making a difference. With their work they fight for inclusion, confidence and becoming role models to inspire other women and girls to follow. Check out what they’re doing:
WORLD MAP IMPACT WITH LIZ + INFO OF TABLE BELOW IN THE MAP
Empower Marta, Sao Paulo – Empowerment of older women in tech in order to socially include them
InfoPreta, Sao Paulo – A project founded by transgenders to empower black women in computer skills and tech
Chasopys Share4Scale, Odessa – Coworking space, and community to raise awareness, break stereotypes between women and men in their job opportunities. Through education and mentorship, women get empowered to dare to lean in and become role models for other women.
It2School, Odessa – Tech education for girls to empower them to feel confident in a digital society
Jeepneed Tiny Labs, Manila – Encourage curiosity. Providing schools with hands-on science activity labs in order to get kids off the screens, encourage creativity and new innovative ideas which change the world
Aurelia & Amelia, Manila – An accessory-retailer that offers multi-style and multi-purpose fashion accessories using an online platform through which they seek improving market positions and incomes of female entrepreneurs
<Developers in Vogue/>, Accra – Building a community of highly skilled female developers who are passionate about using technology to revolutionize Africa and beyond. Training and mentorship in software development, data science and real time projects
DiFEP, Accra – Empowerment of women to get access to tech careers. Hands on training and assistance in getting certifications and internships in digital marketing
At the G20 Summit
When the magnitude of a project hits you: All eight teams managed to squeeze onto a selfie with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel 🙂
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How can we empower and connect the local entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tunis and Amman and help them create new solution to improve sustainable production & consumption as well as create a better future for renewable energy?
Countries: Jordan, Tunisia, Germany
- Hosting of local Bootcamps in Amman and Tunis to inspire and empower people to become entrepreneurs and develop ideas
- Selection of most promising solutions in each location
- Bootcamp in Berlin to bring together teams from both countries, connect them to the Berlin ecosystem and help them further develop their solution
Accelerate MENA was a bilingual program (English – French) developed to inspire, build and connect social innovation ecosystems in the MENA region. Kicking off the program in Jordan and Tunisia, the project consisted of:
- Identifying key stakeholders and building an outreach network in Jordan and Tunisia including universities, existing projects, support institutions and innovation formats.
- 2.5-day ideation bootcamps in Amman and Tunis in English and French, in which solutions addressing SDG 12 and 7 were developed using Design Thinking.
- Impact Week in Berlin with the winning teams of each bootcamp to refine their solution developed and to connect them with each other as well as to the German social innovation ecosystem.
- Online mentoring for the winning teams.
We believe that the best approach to address today’s challenges is to build and support local and global ecosystems of motivated people who want drive change. Innovation is not always Silicon Valley – Anyone can come up with new ideas that solve problems we face. Topped with inspiration, guidance, the right tools and skill set, these ideas can quickly turn into real projects with real impact.
Accelerate MENA equipped our participants with the tools to develop responsible and inclusive business models around challenges that matter – be it Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG 12) in Jordan or Renewable Energy (SDG 7) in Tunisia – and connected them to the right stakeholders. By running two-day Design Thinking innovation bootcamps in Amman and Tunis as well as an acceleration training in Berlin, Accelerate MENA aimed to strengthen the MENA social entrepreneurship scene through three core elements:
- Inspire – Inspire individuals to get active and create solutions that have a positive impact
- Enable – Enable an entrepreneurial mindset to create sustainable business solutions using Design Thinking
- Connect – Connect the local ecosystems within and between Jordan, Tunisia, and Germany to scale
The participants developed several ideas ranging from using biomass to empower small towns in Tunisia by producing and selling their own energy, to building a co-creation space for artists upcycling plastic, or designing energy-efficient housing in the dead sea regions.
Design Thinking can unleash creativity in Jordan
There are a lot of highly motivated people in Jordan, especially young students, who are eager and motivated to get involved in starting an impact project. However, there are not enough creative offers that encourage ideation yet, and Design Thinking is still a new concept. Closely connected to that, Design Thinking experts and trainers are quite rare. During the workshop we were amazed to see how open the bootcamp participants were to the process and how much energy they put into the team and project work. The final pitches at the end of the workshop in front of a jury pushed the participants to develop their idea further – they were on fire!
Creative Workshops are nice; but follow-ups make the difference
Apart from the high energy of the participants, we were overwhelmed to see that many existing projects had an implicit impact focus already, especially in Amman and the surrounding areas. While there are existing support opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Amman, such as the Zain campus where our bootcamp took place, enpact or Oasis 500, follow-up support opportunities for early stage ideas are still rare. Although the level of motivation was high, participants who came to our bootcamp with an idea often struggled to create a business model making their project or startup financially sustainable. There is a big demand for developing a skill set to push ideas further.
Need for more business modelling to make ideas come alive
Concluding, especially in the early project stages ranging from ideation to follow-up support for projects that have not turned into a business yet, support and funding is lacking. We had the feeling that many good ideas were not followed up upon, as incubation or mentoring opportunities to work on the business side were missing. Design Thinking and co-working are slowly arriving in Jordan, but were not common buzzwords yet.
Similar to Jordan, we loved how many female participants came to our workshop. The teams were very gender-inclusive and collaboration was highly encouraged. Although gender inclusivity and rights is of course still a big topic in the region, within the small context of our workshop and probably also within the younger age group it felt very natural to have diverse teams.
Strengthening Tunisia’s early-stage entrepreneurship ecosystem
Feedback we received from several ends indicated that the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tunisia is still very early-stage with few players, support institutions and co-working spaces in the field. Especially amongst the older generation, becoming a founder is not yet as accepted as working for bigger corporates. Consequently, funding and investment is still a big topic and so is bureaucracy.
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F-LANE – The Vodafone Institute Accelerator for Female Empowerment
How can we accelerate social ventures that utilise technology to empower women worldwide?
- Global trendscouting
- Selection funnel to identify top five ventures
- Hosting a 7 week accelerator program for high-potential digital impact ventures focusing on female empowerment
Many women are still excluded from the workforce, especially when it comes to technology and business. F-LANE’s objective is to ensure that women play a leading role in shaping the future. It is an urgent need to create gender-inclusive technology and promote women’s participation in education, workforce, entrepreneurship, leadership, and, ultimately, digitalization. Technology offers a huge potential to overcome gender inequalities.
- 7 week accelerator – how we build companies without shares
- Tailored curriculum to teach hard skills
Led by the leading competence center for education for societal change, the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, the startups benefit from a curriculum specifically designed to meet their individual needs. Consisting of team sessions and individual coachings, the curriculum builds key competences around business, impact and financial models.
- Experience program to individually match ventures to high-potentials
Connections are key for young entrepreneurs to accelerate growth – the experience program aims at ingraining the startups into the Berlin ecosystem of social entrepreneurs, industry partners, impact investors and individually matches them with experienced mentors
- Tailored curriculum to teach hard skills
- Global Trend-scouting of new ventures that use tech to empower women
- Over 90% of applications have female co-founders or board members
- Over 6 million EUR raised in funding
- Matched 15 finalists with handpicked mentors
- General Trends we’ve spotted
- Businesses using emerging technologies in developing countries seem to be more assured about their business model, compared to their equivalents in developing countries
- Applications from developing countries are typically in the sector of healthcare and education, whereas applications from developed countries are spread across a wide variety of industries
The power of Peer2Peer learning
Across all cohorts we have seen great learning potential among the startups as they are typically confronted with similar problems in the early stages of setting up a business. We facilitate this exchange through a variety of formats including skill sharing and interactive expert sessions, team building exercises and a shared living experience.
Ventures Class I
- Securella, Marocco – A smart wearable that ensures women’s safety and sense of security
- Ask without shame, Uganda – An app-based service to provide answers to questions around reproductive health
- Lensational UK – Empowering women in developing countries to tell their story through photography
- DigiSitter, Germany – An app to help parents coordinate work and childcare
- Wazi Vision, Uganda – Affordable eye care for children in low-income families
Ventures Class II
- Gapsquare, UK – A software that allows companies to measure and narrow their gender pay gap
- Good On You, Australia – A global brand rating app for ethical fashion brands
- Kaaro Health, Uganda – Bringing health care to remote areas through containerized clinics and telehealth solutions
- Mowoza, Mozambique – Supply chain management solutions for micro entrepreneurs
- SouSou, Tanzania – Crowdbanking software to bridge the access to capital gap for women
Ventures Class III
- breast IT, Uganda – a portable, ultrasound glove for breast cancer screening
- Doctory, Pakistan – online directory of doctors and patient management for health centers
- FinMarie, Germany – online wealth management platform for and by women
- Free-D, UK / India – empowering disadvantaged women with 3D printing and CAD skills
- MamaBird, Malawi / US – last mile healthcare through drones
What happened after F-LANE?
- In total over 500 applications from over 80 countries, spread across all continents
- Batch One
- Ruth, founder of Ask Without Shame, met the Queen of England as „Young Leader…xxx“
- Securella, Wazi Vision and Ask Without Shame scored + X.XXX.XXX,00 EUR of investment
- Batch Two
- 4 out of 5 teams participated in follow up acceleration tracks: Good On You became a finalist of the Fashion for Good Accelerator, SouSou, Mowoza and Kaaro Health were part of the Make IT in Africa Accelerator.
- Within 3 months after the accelerator, strategic partnerships with corporations were formed (Good On You delivering data on ethical brands to Zalando in Europe)