The call for the 30 Most Inspiring Digital Innovations is closed since last Friday (July 10). We’ve received a fantastic number of wonderful and inspiring Digital Innovations. Now it’s time for the Expert Group to score these great innovations. Who are the members of the Expert Group and will be doing the scoring? Let’s meet them!
This year, The Spindle, the innovation platform of Partos, provides the opportunity for inspiring digital innovations in the field of development cooperation to be listed on both The Spindle and Partos website, known for its broad reach amongst Dutch NGOs. The 30 Most Inspiring Digital Innovations will win a professional pitch video created by our video maker and the opportunity to participate in a digital co-creation session to tackle a specific challenge in their road to success.
We’ve received a fantastic number of wonderful and inspiring Digital Innovations. From these innovations, a group of digital experts from, for example, Kenya, Uganda and Bangladesh will select the 30 Most Inspiring Digital Innovations (MIDIs). The Expert Group has co-created a scorecard to score all 61 applications of the Most Inspiring Digital Innovations fairly. In three weeks, they will work independently on reading and scoring all the great innovations. On the 4th of August, they will announce the 30 Most Inspiring Digital Innovations. Meet the Expert Group Members here!
Stayce Nimusiima recently transitioned into a career as a Social designer using her experience coordinating and implementing innovation, marketing and communication projects that have the ultimate goal for behavioural change, inclusive development and social impact. She’s also a serial problem solver experimenting with multiple social businesses in her spare. She has previous experience in the youth training, education, marketing, impact investment, mental health and entrepreneurship sectors. She graduated in Human Geography, BA (Honors) in Design and Innovation and is currently pursuing an MBA in Technology Management.
Minhaz, Chief StoryTeller at BetterStories Limited, is an active innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder in Asia. He has delivered several platforms and competitions like the Seedstars Dhaka and Mapping Private Sector Interest in Inclusive Business Survey for Asian Development Bank (2011-12). Minhaz is currently the Head of Startup Ecosystem of Grameenphone in Dhaka, Global Ambassador with the International Business Innovation Association and Founding Director with the Bangladesh Angel Network. He has over 10,000 hours in advisory services to startups, 14 accelerator batches delivered, and over 487 startups on his portfolio.
Anand Sheombar holds a PhD degree in Information Systems and has researched the use of social media in the context of international development. His 25-year track record as an IT business consultant covers fields such as ICT for education, healthcare and research among other uses or societal impact of ICTs, particularly ICT for development. He is working as a researcher and lecturer at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands, and is involved with research on digital transformation and leadership. His teaching focuses on areas related to business & IT alignment, and (digital) business models in a changing world.
Hamzat Lawal (Hamzy!) is an activist who has successfully led grassroots campaigns in over 40 African countries with over nine years’ experience in the non-profit sector and specializes in practical issues associated with Climate Change, Open Data, advocacy campaigns and development policies. He is currently the Founder/CEO of Connected Development and leading Follow The Money movement. Hamzat was honoured and recognized on the 2018 and 2019 list of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical. Hamzat’s Follow The Money won the United Nations SDG Action Award as Mobilizer 2019.
Mark Kamau is a Human Centred Designer with a multidisciplinary design background with experience practising in Berlin and Amsterdam and across the African continent. He specializes in designing for Africa and emerging markets. Mark is the Executive director of BRCK foundation, the non-profit side of BRCK, a technology company awarded to 50 most innovative companies by Forbes. He uses a Human-Centred Design approach to solve complex socio-economic challenges affecting the emerging markets, particularly Africa.
Benedetta (Bena) Kyengo originally from Kenya but now living in the Netherlands. She is the founder of Ghetto Smart, an organisation that is setting up living labs in the slums and rural communities to experiments with local and outsourced innovations to create local solutions. She has an MSc in Sustainable business and innovations and has over ten years of experience working on community development projects. She fascinated by how people living in poverty find creative ways to cope with their challenges. If given the right tools, platforms and knowledge, it is possible to discontinue the circle of poverty in many communities.
Rahel Boon-Dejene is a proud mother of five and a social entrepreneur who aims to bring positive impact to talents by developing their skills to utilize their untapped potential as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur. She is passionate about creating a system which allows individuals to become a contributor to their destiny through education, job opportunities and entrepreneurship. She is the founder and CEO of R&D Group, a BPO company, RBD Consultancy, a social venture developer and business partner of ORTEC Sport, a data analytics company. Throughout her career, she has directly created job opportunities for +250 young professionals and assisted +100 SMEs in Ethiopia.
Julio Garcia – Martinez
Julio Garcia -Martinez is born and raised in Mexico, with a background in International Relations and a Masters in Environmental Management. His working experience started with finance and expanded to consulting in environmental processes in oil and gas companies and ended up in the world of humanitarian aid. He speaks six languages and loves intercultural environments. His work is about enabling change and innovation into our ways of working either through changes in processes, systems, approaches, gadgets or partnerships. He has experience in process design, change management and systems implementation.
Rahmin Bender-Salazar, Ph.D., is an Entrepreneur, Social Psychologist, and Academic focusing on the application of design research and creativity on innovation, business, and policy. He is the founder of Creativo Design, a design thinking consultancy, which works at crossroads of management consulting, policymaking, social psychology, and design. He is also a researcher and lecturer at Wageningen University & Research and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. His passion is learning and working with diverse people around the world and elevating the voices of unrepresented populations.