Save the Children Launches Digital Innovation Challenge in Kenya, Offering Cash Prizes and Collaboration Opportunities for Young Innovators

Save the Children, the superhero non-profit organization dedicated to making children’s lives better, has launched its first-ever digital innovation challenge in Kenya. It’s like a quest for young heroes to come up with brilliant solutions to tackle the challenges faced by children and young people in communities across the country.

Calling all young guns aged 18 to 35 and students from higher learning institutions! This challenge is your chance to shine. You have the opportunity to submit your digital masterpieces, whether it’s a solution or a prototype, addressing the following challenges: feedback mechanisms at the organizational level, leveraging scientific or indigenous technology to boost community resilience, and improving access to quality education for children in nomadic communities, out-of-school children, and those in informal settlements. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with original, creative, viable, and impactful ideas.

Listen up, students from universities, TVET institutions, and all you awesome Kenyan youth. This is your chance to make a difference and earn some serious cash. The winners of the challenge will be announced in March 2023 and will receive a generous cash prize of up to 500,000 Kenyan shillings. But wait, there’s more! The winners will also have the opportunity to team up with Save the Children to customize and scale up their digital innovations. It’s like a dream come true for budding tech wizards. And if that’s not enough, there’s a 12-month fellowship program waiting for you to further develop and implement your solution. It’s like the golden ticket to innovation stardom!

Save the Children knows that digital transformation is the way forward. They’re all about using the power of technology to ensure that all children not only survive but also thrive and learn by 2030. It’s like unleashing a digital revolution to make the world a better place for children. By harnessing digital technology, Save the Children can reach more children, measure progress, and address inequalities in access to technology. It’s like giving every child a fair shot at a brighter future.

Yvonne Arunga, the amazing Country Director of Save the Children Kenya and Madagascar, knows that young people hold the key to solving global challenges. She’s super passionate about engaging with youth and their innovative ideas. “We believe in the power of young people and the incredible ideas they have to tackle the problems of our world,” she said. This innovation challenge is all about tapping into those remarkable ideas and turning them into reality. Let’s join forces and create a better tomorrow!

Hellen Owiti, the Director of Program Development and Quality, is here to rally the troops. She’s urging all young warriors who are up for the challenge to submit their digital solutions or prototypes before the deadline on the 31st of January. Remember, the evaluation will be based on indicators like originality, creativity, viability, impact, and conformity to the principles of digital development. It’s time to unleash your inner genius and show the world what you’re made of!

So, fellow innovators, let’s rise to the challenge and make a lasting impact on the lives of children in Kenya. Together, we can create a future where every child has access to quality education and a chance to thrive. Get those creative gears turning and submit your digital masterpieces. The world is waiting for your brilliance!


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