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Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving

How can Design Thinking help to identify challenges and support innovation in SMEs and NGOs?

#CommunityBuilding #designthinking #Hackathon #Innovation #technology

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Barriers – what prevents women and girls from participating in tech, as users, content creators, employees, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders?

Potentials – What are the potentials of digital technologies for women and girls in our country?

 

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:

 

Empower Marta, Sao Paulo – Empowerment of older women in tech in order to socially include them
InfoPretaSao 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
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Blockchain Pioneers Hackathon

Blockchain4Good – Shaping Smart Sustainable Cities for the Future

#ecosystem #empowerment #Hackathon #Ideation #Innovation #SDG11 #SDG12 #SDG7 EMPOWERED BY

Locations
Bratislava –> Berlin –> Shanghai

 

Hackathon

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 | HealthPrizes

Anna Lässer

Co Founder of Impact Hub Berlin

Mentorship: Failing ForwardAnton Zur 

Head of ECA Finance at Sberbank of Russia

Blockchain4GoodClemens Pompey

Head of Innovations at amatus

Mentorship: Governance

Gabriel Maličký

QA Analyst at DECENT

Mentorship: QA Engineering & AnalysisJan Schröder

ImpactN, Social Innovator & Systems Changer

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: Finance

Juraj Škorvánek

Android Developer at DECENT

Mentorship: Android DevelopmentMajka Baur

Design for Behaviour Change Project Manager at Scaling4Good

Mentorship: Impact Ventures

Mário Kapusta

Senior Software Engineer at DECENT

Mentorship: Software DevelopmentMaz Cohen

Founder at Wisher and Marketing & Strategy at metamorph

Kick Off: Blockchain4Good

Michal Géci

Head of Innovations at DECENT

Challenge Definition & Framing

Michal Grman

Senior Software Developer at DECENT

Mentorship: Software Development

Michal Markovic

API Consultant

Mentorship: APITobias Oliver Khan

Senior Engineer & Co-Initiator at LVLX

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: Mobility & Logistics

Patrik Csókás

IT Manager at DECENT

Mentorship: Tech

Richard Rožnovják

Core Developer at DECENT

Mentorship: Tech

Sam Liban

Validator Business & Operations at TheSunProtocol

Ignition Talk & Mentoring: EnergySoline Bonnel

Founder & Managing Partner at BE.ive

Mentorship: SustainabilitySophie Münzberg

Head of Events at Impact Hub Berlin

Hackathon ModerationThimo Schmitt-Lord

CEO at Bayer Foundations

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: Health

Viktor Peter

Blockchain Governance Expert at GIZ Blockchain Lab

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: GovernanceYaser Hammadi

Project Management at Impact Hub Berlin

Workshop: Pitch Perfect

Project Partners

This hackathon is hosted by DECENT, Impact Hub Berlin, and the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018, empowered by Wanxiang Blockchain Lab.

/// Register now ///Future cities need radical ideas, today. We believe decentralized solutions can add to creating smart sustainable cities.

DECENT’s open-source blockchain solution “DCore” is a great opportunity to explore new types of solutions to create impact. The hackathon enables both techies and non-techies to experience and explore what it takes to turn a real-world challenge into a blockchain solution.Register individually or as a team of 2 to 5 people. We’ll select a diverse group of participants from various sectors, professional background and project ideas. If you’d like to attend and don’t have your own idea or team we will help you find new peers.

/// Register now ///The solution you & your team comes up with will be developed on DCORE.

Find more information here: dcore.decent.ch

Technical documentation

We highly recommend for the participants to study tech details before the Hack:

Web SDK

dcorejs examples

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018

14:30 – 15:00 Registration

15:00 – 15:30 Welcome by DECENT & Impat Hub Berlin

15:30 – 16:00 Keynote on Blockchain4Good by Maz Cohen, Wisher & Metamorph

16:00 – 16:50 The Challenge by Michal Geci, DECENT

16:50 – 17:20 Who is who

17:20 – 18:30 Presentation of Ideas & Team Building

18:30 – 19:00 Community WineDown & Team Huddle

19:00 – 19:30 Team Action Plan

19:30 – 20:30 Dinner

20:30 – 23:30 Get hacking or go home

 

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018

09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast & Arrival

10:00 – 10:10 Morning Check in

10:10 – 10:30 Ignition Talk: Governance by Viktor Peter, GIZ

10:30 – 10:50 Ignition Talk: Mobility & Logistics by Oliver Kahn, Exxeta

10:50 – 11:10 Ignition Talk: Finance by Jan Schröder, ImpactN

11:10 – 11:30 Ignition Talk: Energy by Sam Liban, The Sun Protocol

11:30 – 11:50 Ignition Talk: Health by Thimon v. Schmitt-Lord

11:50 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 19:00 Hacking & One-on-One Mentoring (see mentors above)

19:00 – 20:30 Bergfest: Dinner & Drinks

20:30 – 00 Hacking continues…

 

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018

09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast & Arrival

10:00 – 10:15 Morning Check in

10:15 – 12:00 Wrap up the Hack

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:15 Input: Pitch Perfect, Yaser Hammadi

13:15 – 14:30 Wrap up the Hack  & Pitch Prep

14:30 – 15:00 Final Submission of Pitches

15:00 – 16:00 Pitches Part 1 (5min presentation + 3min Q&A)

16:00 – 16:10 Break

16:10 – 16:50 Pitches Part 2 (5min presentation + 3min Q&A)

16:50 – 17:20 Jury Debrief

17:20 – 17:50 Award Ceremony

17:50 – 18:00 Team Check Out

18:00 – 18:30 Goodbye Drinks & SnacksPrizes for the winning teams

 The winning team will partner with DECENT and receive 20.000 DCT support to implement the solution.

Additionally the winning teams (#1, #2 and #3) will be invited to take part in the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 (SIBW) in Shanghai for which travel arrangements will be made.

The second and third placed teams as well as all other teams are welcome to continue working on their ideas individually, or explore collaboration opportunities with DECENT if both parties are interested.The event will take place at Impact Hub Berlin, Friedrichstraße 246, 10969 Berlin, from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, 2018.All projects will be judged by DECENT and Impact Hub Berlin for their viability and impact. Specifically, this includes execution (demo from technical POV), business use case and the quality of the pitch. Each pitch should be 5 min presentation + 3 min Q&A.

 

Members of the jury:

Ronald Filo, Head of Research at DECENT

Michal Géci, Head of Innovation at DECENT

Tomáš Varga, Head of Strategy at DECENT

Peter Študent, Head of Software Development at DECENT

Anton Zur, Head of ECA Finance at Sberbank of Russia

and Nele Kapretz, Managing Director at Impact Hub Berlin

Teams and individuals coming from outside Berlin are eligible for travel reimbursement. Please apply for reimbursement of 150€ per person during the application process. Please bring your travel documents and invoices to the event for reimbursement.Powered by DECENT, Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018, and  Impact Hub Berlin

 

DECENT is a non-profit foundation that has developed an open source blockchain ecosystem focused on helping businesses adapt to a decentralized future. With their proprietary technology and platform called DCore, DECENT can improve a wide range of real-world applications, especially content distribution networks.

 

DCore is the blockchain you can actually build on. Developed by DECENT, this platform is set to revolutionize the way digital data is exchanged by providing simplified, decentralized and borderless content and data distribution for applications (dApps). DCore is an open-source solution for companies looking to fast-track their own blockchain-based ideas.

 

Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 (SIBW) takes place from 19-24th September 2016, Wanxiang Blockchain Labs and the Ethereum Foundation co-hosted a one-week-long Shanghai Blockchain festival. The event included DevCon2, Demo Day, and the 2nd Global Blockchain Summit, attracting tens of speakers and 1000+ participants from around the world, and bringing the development and status of the blockchain industry in China to a whole new level.

SIBW is funded by China Wanxiang Holdings, Wanxiang Blockchain Labs is the first non-profit research institution focusing on Blockchain technology.  Wanxiang Blockchain Labs gathers industry professionals to provide support for the research, entrepreneurship, developments and applications in the industry, and also provide reference information for regulatory bodies, dedicating itself to the promotion and application of Blockchain industry, and to explore how the technology will be contributing to the development of the economy and the society.

 

Impact Hub Berlin is the catalyst for social innovation. We are a community, a consultancy and a creative space. We provide access to training and support, workspaces, training workshops, community events and incubation programs. Moreover we create professional programs for local & global companies, organizations and institutions from diverse sectors; working on the intersection of society, economy and politics. Uniting people from every profession, background and culture, the Impact Hub network includes over 100 hubs in more than 54 countries with +18000 members.

 

Media Partners: Coin Idol

Network Partners: Blockchain Lab, LXVXDecent Website

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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:


Impact:

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:

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.


Insights:

>> Jordan


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.


>> Tunisia


Female power!

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.

 

>> Want to know more about this hackathon? Contact Sophie Münzberg!

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Hack4Climate

How might we use Blockchain to alleviate on of the most pressing challenges of our time – Climate Change?

#Global Community #Hackathon #PrepWorkshop #SDG13 Partners

Countries
Germany, India, South Africa, Argentina, UK, Australia, Russia, US, Brazil, South Korea, Shanghai, Singapore, Suriname, Austria


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Africa FinTech Challenge

How might we support local entrepreneurs in Africa to ensure economic growth and financial security?

#DesignSprint #designthinking #DigitalPrototype #Hackathon #SDG1 #SDG10 #SDG8 #SDG9 Partners

Countries:
Ghana, Kamerun, Germany

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#eSkills4Girls
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? 

#Accelerator #CommunityBuilding #giz #Hackathon #impacthub #Innovation #Mentoring #nobullshit #SDG12 #SDG7 #technology #women

Countries:

Philippines (Manila), Ukraine (Odessa), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Germany (Berlin), Ghana (Accra)

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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?

Potentials – What are the potentials of digital technologies for women and girls in our country?

 

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
InfoPretaSao 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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