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UNICEF Innovation

UNICEF Futures

While many of UNICEF’s achievements in implementing technologies at scale for positive social impact have focused on the public sector, there is tremendous opportunity to contribute to the corporate bottom line while delivering essential services for disadvantaged communities. UNICEF and our partners on the ground need innovative solutions to some of the key barriers we face – such as geographical remoteness of constituents, limited infrastructure, slow data collection and ensuring that the most vulnerable populations have access to critical information and services.

UNICEF Futures looks at the two-to-five-year horizon to evaluate emerging and trending technologies to see how UNICEF can work with the private sector to find shared value in this future space – for companies to do better business while improving access to essential services for children. Future investment areas include: transportation and mobility; identity; learning; mobile financial services and digital currencies; and wearable and sensor technology.

Wearables for Good

In May of 2015 UNICEF partnered with ARM and frog design to launch the Wearables for Good challenge where we asked innovators around the world to consider how might we expand the definition of ‘wearables’ to envision their potential positive impact for communities in need? We put out a global call-to-action to join us to develop innovative, affordable solutions to make wearables and sensor technology a game-changer for women and children across the world. We received hundreds of submissions from 46 countries on 6 continents. At this stage, we have two finalists whose winning ideas are going from paper to prototype.  


 

 

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