School for Justice wins the Spindle Award for Best Innovation 2017

The winners of The Spindle Awards were announced @ Partos Innovation Festival

agenda October 16, 2017

Out of three nominated teams, Arjan Erkel’s pitch for School for Justice appealed the most to The Spindle Jury. Yapili stole the hearts of the crowd with their innovation Health@Hand and won the Public Award with 784 votes. ZINC, participant in The Spindle Summer Labs, won the Award for Best Idea.

The Spindle Innovation Awards are the awards for innovative concepts in development cooperation. Every year, awards for Best Innovation (a Public and Jury prize) and Best Idea (following participation in The Spindle Summer Labs) are granted to teams that work on new solutions in development cooperation. The winners for Best Innovation and Best Idea both win 5.000 euro and consultancy support in resource mobilization sponsored by Han Valk Fundraising Consultancy. This year, the jury really had a hard time deciding who should win. That is why, last Thursday, they decided to also grant prize money (2.500 and 1.000 euro’s respectively) to both 2nd and 3rd place teams (with thanks to Triodos Foundation and Stichting Haella)!

Best Innovation
In the category ‘Best Innovation’, three teams were battling for the award: School for Justice (educating victims of child prostitution to become lawyers and prosecutors), Pezesha (a platform that enables individuals and institutions to lend to microbusinesses) and Momala (a smartphone application that delivers Malaria diagnostics). Out of 29 applications the jury selected a shortlist of ten that proceeded to the Accenture Jury Event, where the three nominees were selected. The jury rated all applications’ ability to set up connections and their sustainable and inclusive proposition. In the end, School for Justice was picked because of its original but powerful concept.

Public Award
The Public Award went to Health@Hand, an application that connects African people to licensed physicians, both locally and internationally. Out of almost 3000 casted votes, Health@Hand just beat Pere Pere Internet in receiving the most votes (784). Health@Hand also won resource mobilization support by Han Valk Fundraising Concultancy.


(photo: Rebke Klokke)

Best Idea
The Award for ‘Best Idea’ was a final appreciation of a summer of hard work: all teams competing for this title started already in June in The Spindle Summer Labs. In this incubator, ten teams worked on their ideas to get them into testable project propositions. In five intensive Fridays the design agencies of Marieke van Dijk, And the People and STBY worked closely with the teams to get as much progress. In September, the teams of Online Echoes (using user browsing data to connect for postive change), ZINC (create interoperable digital identities using Blockchain technology) and SkinApp (an app that supports healthcare workers to diagnose and treat skin diseases) were the last three standing. In the end, after intense deliberations, the jury picked ZINC because of the potential of its impact.

The Spindle will keep following all awarded and nominated applications. Please let us know if you want to connect with either one of them. We wish them the best of luck!

Have a look at all the photos of Partos Innovation Festival.

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