Digital Innovations

Young Entrepreneurs

Technology has aided massively in enhancing access to vast amounts of information and has supported changes which have changed our lives for the better. The innovative ability of young people, merged with technological power technology, is already showing to be a vital force on the road to realising the Sustainable Development Goals.

Young people, today actively take part in the creation of new jobs, economic empowerment of susceptible groups, the promotion of improved health systems, and access to inclusive and quality education.

Here are five stories where creative ideas, modern technology, and young and enthusiastic visionaries collaborate to give life to enhancement initiatives that are changing the globe.

Thinking Green

The smart way of recycling is a project developed called Rea Leb, is a project by Khalil,  -year-old electrical and computer engineer, aiming to the high levels of pollution in Lebanon resulting from improper waste management.

RecLeb will assist residents group their solid waste via a mobile web platform, hence promoting “green thinking” among the community and creating a safe and healthy environment for young people.

Enterprising solutions

A 19-year-old Tunisian by the name Hayfa Sdiri, a blogger, social activist, and founder of Entr@crush. It is an online platform created for young entrepreneurs, where people with like ideas and interests meet: young entrepreneurs, sponsors, and investors.

Five members initially developed this non-profit initiative almost with no seed capital,  now promotes innovation, entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8, which drives inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for everyone.

The platform has converged young entrepreneurs who are willing to provide their knowledge without charge, teaching practical learning courses on different topics that benefit future entrepreneurs.  This medium is a way to gain new skills for women who live in rural areas. It will also help in setting up businesses, not necessarily needing to travel to the cities.

Preventing violence

Putting an end to physical and verbal abuse and sexual harassment in commercial establishments in Brazil, alongside reducing the gender gap in information technology, was the purpose of the creators of the application Não me calo which in English mean ‘ I will not shut up.’

This app group commercial environment according to the number of incidents reported by users and classifies those areas of higher risk of being assaulted or harassed.

Não me calo also inspires diners to make complaints and ask the owner of the locations and representatives of government to take measures to enhance security in such areas.

Robot-assisted participation

Badia is a messaging robot made to reduce the communication gap that exists between citizens and government authorities. It was built by Montassar, a 25-year-old university professor and architect in Tunisia.

This entrepreneur has introduced an innovative solution to curb the absence of the participation of citizens in his hometown of Sidi Bouzid. It answers questions from residents on issues relating to the local budget, enhancing the flow of information and involvement of citizens.

Multi-sided thinking

Taking part the entrance of youth who have been victims of disability during migratory processes, as a result of violence in the labor market was the aim of the engineers, industrial designers and young doctors in Honduras who gave life to an orthopedic prosthesis model made with 3D printing technology.

These are a few of the millions of young individuals who are assisting in bringing about global changes. Promoting the comfort of the most vulnerable people and communities is a challenge that young people have taken on with passion and commitment. They need support and opportunities from governments, civil society and the private sector, and the involvement of their communities.

Granting access to financing and education, enhancing their creativity and innovation, and simply adopting their ideas will assist them in realizing their project and vision. With such support, youth can play a significant part in attaining our desired world of peace, prosperity, and inclusion with no one excluded by 2030.

Unconference, in Kigali Rwanda,  with the theme of “Create Your Opportunity,” involved workshops led by youth which aimed at barriers to digital opportunities, and what are the roles of youth in addressing those challenges. A number of these young people showed the way gender and culture plays into access and education around technology.

More than a single workshop discussed the digital gender divide and explained the significance of involving female in ICT as early as possible — and how to continue encouraging them as they get older.

Some young person presented some innovative ideas as well as some product designed to promote the better well-being of the human population.  A  young man produced menstruation pads, produced from shredded banana leaf fiber, that sells for half the cost of standard pads allowing more young girls to stay in school when they otherwise would have to stay home. Another young woman produces and sells solar lamps to communities without power.