06 July 2021

UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Tech Startups

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity. , If you’ve got a startup using machine learning (ML), data science (DS), or artificial intelligence (AI), registered in one of  UNICEF’s programme countries , and have a working, open source prototype (or you are willing to make it open source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you.   , To apply, click  here ., *Female-founded startups are encouraged to apply.  Application Deadline: 2 August 2021, The Challenge, The support will ensure the continuity of core health, child protection and educational services for children and their families Nearly 4 billion people (29% of whom are 18-24 year-olds) remain unconnected from the internet, and by extension unconnected to digital products that could dramatically improve their lives. COVID-19 has put a spotlight…, What we're looking for, We are currently looking to invest in companies that are using machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), or data science (DS) technologies to build software solutions that respond to the following questions:  Area 1: Are you creating platforms for personalized services? Or are you providing tools to automate processes and decision-…, Background,   UNICEF’s Innovation Fund  has been specifically designed to finance early stage, Open Source technology that can benefit children. The core motivation of the Innovation Fund is to identify “clusters” or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology - so that UNICEF can both share markets and also learn about and guide these technologies…
23 October 2020

We must get children back to learning – but business as usual is not an option

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” These words by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai could not ring more true. Making sure girls and boys all over the world get good quality education is how we will build a more sustainable, more equal and more peaceful world. Global school closures in response to the COVID-19…, In these most difficult of circumstances, can we still win the battle to educate our children? The answer is a resounding “yes”. But for this, like model students, we will need to work even harder to get the results we want., Deca moraju da se vrate u škole – ali ne može sve biti po starom UNICEF Deca moraju da se vrate u škole – ali ne može sve biti po starom UNICEF Display caption Hide Caption Display caption Hide Caption In response to global pandemic, the European Union and its Member States – Team Europe – have demonstrated the power of working together for better…, Education is essential to human development, which underlies all EU investments in international cooperation and this will be boosted in our development financing for the upcoming period., Deca moraju da se vrate u škole – ali ne može sve biti po starom UNICEF Deca moraju da se vrate u škole – ali ne može sve biti po starom UNICEF Display caption Hide Caption Display caption Hide Caption Indeed, education budgets must be protected from cuts as the global economic crisis bites. Education must be seen as part of the COVID-19 recovery…, Embarking on this huge undertaking means realising that business as usual is not an option. If we learn the right lessons now, we can truly build back better – for our children and their children.
21 October 2020

The long-awaited first word

Pancevo, Serbia - Four-year-old Srna Staic is sitting on the living room sofa, surrounded by toys and a blue device that looks like a tablet. She keeps tapping on it determinedly and then turns to her mom smiling. This “blue device” is a Cboard Communicator that helped her start pronouncing understandable syllables for the first time. After using…, “ At one point she was upset, and I handed her the communicator and asked, ‘what do you want?’   Until then, Srna has never asked to eat. Those are huge things for children with a [ developmental ] problem ,” Ivana says emotionally. “ Every mother of a child with developmental disabilities can't wait for her child to start speaking and when it…, Srna Staic, 4, with the Cboard Communicator The Cboard Communicator, is a free app that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and installed on any Android tablet. It is used by children and adults with speech and language impairments, aiding communication with symbols and text-to-speech, in this case, into Serbian. Each family, together…, "Using assistive technology can be very useful and important for children at an early age. [Srna’s] parents were very successful in using the communicator because they used it, not only when working with experts during their sessions, but at home, every day, all day. [They used the communicator] when they were engaged in daily routines, during…, Srna and Natasa, her speech therapist, are working together. During a break in their game, Srna is clearly telling her mom words such as "moon", "baby", "to eat". Ivana says that she is quite sure that what helped Srna was starting to use the Communicator at an early age., “I think the right moment is crucial when it comes to children with developmental disabilities. But with them, sometimes, you don’t know what the right moment is. And sometimes it doesn't hurt to start something even much earlier because that right moment might come earlier”, Ivana believes., Ivana Marković, Srna's mom, with Srna while they are using the communicator Many children like Srna have difficulties developing communication and speaking skills. That is why UNICEF Serbia, in cooperation with partners, is developing and piloting the first Communicator in the Serbian language to support children. The Cboard Communicator, with…