An uplifting evening took place, yesterday at the Humanity Hub, The Hague. For a lot of the nominees an exciting moment: the Semi-finals of the NOW-Us! and Best Innovation for Development Award. For both categories 10 teams made it to this round, and what an accomplishment that is since we received more than 300 applications. Therefore, we congratulate all nominees once again with this achievement. And a special congratulations to those who made it to the next round: the finals at the Partos Innovation Festival.
The Semi-finals started for both categories with a one-on-one Q&A with the jury. During these 10-minute conversations, all jury members were able to fire away! For the teams a good possibility to explain their innovations and inclusive initiatives more in-depth. Maybe A bit tense, but since the teams were highly prepared it was also a moment to shine. Meanwhile, the teams who finished the Q&A were able to practice the final obstacle: a two-minute pitch in front of an audience and the juries.
This pitch-event was hosted by Bart Romijn, director of Partos, and multitalent Nidhi Goyal – Nidhi is a disabled feminist and activist from India. Both Bart and Nidhi are members of the Voice advisory board. It was no surprise that all the nominated innovative and inclusive frontrunners impressed and inspired the audience. Yes, they nailed it! After, it was time for the juries to withdraw and discuss this difficult decision. Which three nominees will continue this journey and stay in the running for winning the Awards?
NOW-Us! Award (a collaboration with Voice)
These are the 3 NOW-Us! teams that made it to the finals:
- Ca nous Concerne Tous – An Bè Koungo (Coalition Anti SIDA)
- Empowering the blinds in all spheres of life through inclusion (Jyothirgamaya Foundation)
- Voices of Hope and Action: A fistula survivor’s movement (Women and Development Against Distress in Africa)
The Best Innovation for Development Award
These projects from the Best Innovation for Development category made it to the final top 3:
Congratulations to all of you and wishing you all the best tomorrow at …
The Grande Finale at the Partos Innovation Festival
Tomorrow will be a special day for these finalists. At the Partos Innovation Festival in Amsterdam, the juries will announce who will become third, second and first! During a festive Award ceremony, we will know who takes home the Awards as well as other valuable prizes.
Good news! The Award ceremony will be streamed live at Partos’ Facebook page. Around 16.00 PM (CEST). So, stay tuned!
More information about the Partos Innovation Festival
The Partos Innovation Festival (organised by Partos and The Spindle) on October 11 is a day on which we celebrate innovation in development cooperation. With a programme that is jam-packed with inspiring sessions and workshops, we’ll dive into this year’s theme: inclusion. Together with NGOs, civil society leaders, researchers, social entrepreneurs, funders, government and private sector we come together to share ideas, inspiration & new trends. it will be a day full of inspiration, learning by doing and networking. A festival to obtain new insights, with a very diverse audience to participate and get inspired.