Social-Digital Innovation Initiative

Hungary, 2017

Cloudess: inspiring undergraduate and also recently graduated women to build a successful career in the technology and business sectors and help break the glass ceiling.

Envienta is a next generation sharing economy model, a DIY maker movement, a community-based solution package and ultimately a sustainable, cost effective and decentralized socioeconomic framework for the 21st century.

LifeBot, a remote-controlled rescue robot that helps rescue teams to safely find survivors and apply on-site medical treatments.

MET3R is a smart energy service that gives personalised advice on how to lower energy use in homes, avoiding unnecessary costs and emissions.

Berlin, 2017

LensShift is a resource platform aimed at addressing misguided development and social impact work, creating a space that facilitates learning, critical reflection and discourse on social change by providing in-depth historical, political and cultural contexts on a wide spectrum of related subjects.

Fintech for the UnBanked is a mobile savings account that nudges people into managing money better with the vision that the unbanked (low income, migrants, and homeless) will have a better financial future.

Free the Data is an initiative to produce/develop a suite of free and open-source software to enable users to cross-channel their data into user-managed, distributed and blockchain-secured database(s), questioning whether we want the technology to be profit-driven or human-driven.

Menstrual Health Hub is a global and interdisciplinary Community of Practice for menstrual health actors and organizations, seeking to overcome geographical and thematic barriers to help professionalize a fragmented field, and strengthen collective impact at the local, national, regional and global level.

GIZ Make-It

West Africa, November 2017

Gebeya aims to build a-self-sustained ecosystem that trains, hires and incubates the best of African talent, focusing on Ethiopia and Kenya.

Fashpa, a Nigerian vertically integrated platform that combines ecommerce and on demand manufacturing to provide fashion at scale.

Riby provides a platform to manage community-based access to finance, savings, lending and investment, from peer-to-peer, to groups and individuals in Nigeria. They ensure that people can save, lend, borrow and invest their money transparently and securely with more control.

GoMetro from South Africa, a a Flexible Mobility Platform that produces actionable business intelligence on the transport network of a city.

ClinicMaster is an integrated healthcare information management and medical billing software from Uganda. It automates patients’ transactions in the clinic or hospital on a visit basis and daily procedures.

Truuscore is a credit information service which uses a person-centered algorithm to enable credit scoring for the financially excluded populace in Ghana.

LifeBank helps Nigerian hospitals discover essential medical products and delivers to the hospital in the right condition.

Mamalette is a social enterprise that connects pregnant women and new mothers to proven and evidence based life-saving information through our network of Mamalette groups all across Nigeria.

Prepclass is a hyperlocal marketplace that connects learners who need help with vetted and trusted independent tutors looking to offer their services.

TradeDepot’s B2B marketplace connects consumer goods brands directly to millions of small and mid-sized FMCG retailers in emerging markets.

Firefly, based in Senegal, uses digital technologies to empower, connect and build urban transportation in Africa.

Golix uses digital currencies such as bitcoin to help people in Africa make international payments.

IbuHub, a Zimbabwean startup identifies and brings together Africa’s young entrepreneurs into a support ecosystem that grows technology and diverse innovation centric start-up ideas into commercially viable ventures.

Happierco, based in Benin is a modern solution that helps companies improve employees’ performance and engagement. It helps an entire company stay aligned and focused on priorities by setting clear goals and monitoring daily actions to achieve them effectively.

Young at Heart Ghana is empowering the next generation of digital innovators by providing children and youth with digital literacy training and platforms that incorporate Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) and problem solving skills.

ITU Young Innovators Competition

Last-mile communities are often excluded from physical access to health care. Two women decided to combine geographic and health data help NGOs and other organisations take smarter, data-driven decisions, thanks to Broad Street Maps.


Chipsafer was designed to facilitate full transparency on foot and mouth disease and other anomalies in kettle. It has the potential of saving Uruguay and other countries from economic crises using sensors and satellite technology.


The Slovakian team of Excalibur revolutionises authentication and trust in the digital world by removing the weakest link: no more usernames, no more passwords.


Foodring fights food waste and supporting low-income families by creating easy access to food just before end of shelf-life at low prices.


Gradberry-Tara is a career and courses hybrid platform designed to tackle youth unemployment in the Middle-East using smart algorithms to avoid skills mismatch and link freshly graduated job seekers with companies.


Recognising the difficulties of fishermen working along the coastline of Vietnam, Land-Sea Digital Bridge designed a reliable tablet-based digital radio system connecting fishing boats and shore stations.

Soko is a Kenyan e-commerce platform that connects craftswomen in developing countries to the global marketplace using simply a mobile phone.


Solar installations at zero upfront cost with a microcontroller and sensors communicate continuously educating users with insight into and control over their system performance all over Nigeria.


Switotwins uses digital storytelling in peace building, mediation, intercultural communication and conflict transformation in the Philippines by inspiring people to become culturally conscientious individuals.


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