UNICEF & ARM: Innovate For Impact

UNICEF & ARM: Innovate For Impact

  • Overview

    Project objectives

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BRING TOGETHER: UNICEF, A LEADING CHILDREN’S ORGANIZATION & ARM, A LEADING SEMICONDUCTOR IP COMPANY?

    1. You challenge innovators to dream up simple and affordable solutions to make technology work for poor women and children. Harnessing the potential of technology for business innovation that enables children access to basic services, ARM partnered with UNICEF to create the Wearables for Good Challenge: a competition establishing a unique social impact incubator to help develop new products and guide them to market.

    Winners of the Wearables for Good Challenge:
    - Khushi Baby: A digital necklace for storing infant health and vaccination records.
    - SoaPen: A pen-shaped soap designed to encourage children to wash their hands.

    2. You scale impactful solutions that are already demonstrating results to help reach more vulnerable children. U-Report, an SMS message platform with over 2.3 million users in 24 countries, encourages young people to speak up about issues affecting them. Together, ARM and UNICEF are working to make U-Report available via a mobile application for the first time. This is the first in a range of solutions the partnership will scale up.

    3. You shine a spotlight on opportunities to use technology to tackle some of the world’s most stubborn development challenges.
    Through market research in several key areas, ARM and UNICEF are encouraging the technology industry to innovate to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.

    Partnership Type: Innovation Partnership

    Business Driver: Innovation partnerships can create opportunities to invest in new technologies in emerging markets while also driving social impact.

    Learning: The partners are sharing their experiences to demonstrate to others in the tech industry how to drive social impact and business success. The challenge website is being repurposed as a learning platform to catalyse further innovation.

    Project URL

    http://www.wearablesforgood.com

    Sustainable Development Goals

    3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Partnership types of interest

    Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

    Issue areas

    Child Labour; Children's Rights; Education; Forced Labour; Health; Labour; Migrant Workers; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Social Enterprise; Water and Sanitation; Youth

    Partners

    Existing partners

    UNICEF, ARM