Idea window closing for SI Camp Asia
By Digital News Asia October 9, 2012
- Social Innovation Camp set to hit Asia for the first time come Nov 9-11
- Call for Ideas closes on Oct 19
THE Social Innovation (SI) Camp will be in Kuala Lumpur from Nov 9-11, marking the event’s first visit to Asia.
The original SI Camp was started in the United Kingdom in 2008 to help catalyze and start technology-based social ventures that leverage good design. It matches experts of a social problem to solution enablers such as software developers, designers and business-minded people.
For a 48-hour period, these minds come together to build a technology-based solution to a social problem. They will hack together wireframes, code, work out a business and marketing plan, and more.
The first phase of the event is a Call for Ideas, where anyone who has a particular social issue and might have a technology-based idea or solution for it, submits his or her raw idea for consideration. (Click on image below to enlarge)
After which, six ideas will be selected by mentors and judges and teams will be built around them to help grow and nurture the idea. The make-up of teams will be holistic and comprise technologists, marketers, strategists and business people.
After the camp ends, the SI Camp team, sponsors and mentors will provide additional support to the weekend’s winning and runner-up teams. This includes month-long Social Innovation immersion program in Singapore, hosted at co-working space Hub Singapore.
Mentors involved include Teddy Zmrhal of innovation and design firm IDEO, Vinnie Lauria of Golden Gate Ventures, Calvin Chu of management consultancy Eden Strategy Institute, Raiyo Nariman of Angels Den and Glen Mehn the founder of Social Innovation Camp.
According to SI Camp Asia organizer Andrew Tan, any simple idea that uses the web or mobile technology to create change that matters -- be it in education, healthcare or the environment -- will do.
“Though we're looking for ideas that could change some of our most pressing social issues like poverty, we're equally and in fact, very excited to receive ideas that are less complex,” he said.
He pointed to one example, 'The Good Gym', which simply connects people who want to get some exercise with isolated, elderly people in a local community who need an errand run, some shopping delivered, or just a bit of company on a regular basis.
The Call for Ideas phase is open until Oct 19. For more information, click here.