3 Ideas That Might Get Seed Funding At Social Innovation Camp
This week at the first Social Innovation Camp in Africa to be held in Lagos, Nigeria, a total of 6 ideas out of 46 submitted will be given attention.
The launch48-like event will hold between 13th – 15th January, 2011.
The top 3 ideas to be decided by a panel of credible judges will be awarded seed funding from Google, Opera and in-kind business support to get their ideas off the ground.
Here are my picks of the best ideas to come out of the social innovation camp.
3. Gyno-Trip by Sandra Chiefe
A virtual presence for the promotion of women’s health both maternal and gynaecological, nationwide locations on testings and screenings for diseases that could be at free or reduced rates, weekly tips and news on women’s health and fitness, problem areas in Nigeria for women, causes and how to solve it collectively as women and a 24-hour Q&A on women’s health issues: everything via mobile.
2. m-Wanted by Tosin Agboola
A mobile technology that puts the faces of wanted criminals in the hands of millions of Nigerians. The often use of newspapers has not effectively solved the problem. Instead of publicising the faces and names of the wanted persons or missing persons in the newspapers which is way out of the reach of the average Nigerians, we can put this information to the public through their mobile phones. This will lead to quick results.
1. e-Mandators by Segun Fodeke
An independent performance monitoring platform for government officials.
Governments in Africa have been berated so much for their lack of concern and attitude towards infrastructure development and economic growth. Instead of just complaining and spreading rumors about how certain governments are performing or not performing, the performance of governments across the continent at their different tiers can be improved by identifying, displaying and keeping track of their performance publicly in terms of projects executed successfully and areas they have raised the standards above expectations.
What makes it tick?
It offers an opportunity to seek-out public opinions about governance using an organized and seamless method which can be stored, easily retrieved and processed timelessly in a format that makes it publicly accessible.
Especially in an election year, after which elected government officials can be held accountable, it would be interesting to see a mobile app or web platform that monitors their activities on a local, state, national and international level.
Perhaps this is something the #enoughisenough campaign should have done. That way, Nigerians can #RSVP.
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