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Meet the 35 participants and mentors who attended the Social Innovation Camp Kosovo earlier in May 2013.

Social Innovation Camp brings together ideas, people and digital tools to build web and mobile-based solutions to social problems – all in just 48 hours. It is a method for social innovation; using the online world which has huge potential, to change the offline one.

Social Innovation Camp Kosovo draws on the experience of UK’s Social Innovation Camp to create an event tailored for the Kosovo context. This is the second time the Innovations Lab Kosovo will team up with Social Innovation Camp experts to bring together local and international software developers, designers, and issue experts, along with young people who have first-hand knowledge of Kosovo`s social challenges.

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Dr. Dan McQuillan – co-founder and director of Social Innovation Camp UK briefing to the young participants during the second edition of Social Innovation Camp Kosovo.

Kosovo has one of the youngest population’s in Europe and the potential for social innovation and entrepreneurship is big. Hence, the idea behind the Social Innovation Camp Kosovo is to bring the cutting-edge events along with pool of international and national experts, in order to create affordances for Kosovo`s young people who could potentially influence positive change by harnessing social web and new emerging technologies.

The participants attend a 48-hour event where their prototypes are scrutinised by a panel of judges before picking the winners who receive a seed of funding and mentorship from the Innovations Lab Kosovo.

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The teams are getting ready to pitch their prototypes in front of a judging panel.

Its been a huge success in Kosovo and the UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo are willing to provide technical support to replicate such an event in other country offices who are wishing to do a similar camp with youths.

If you want to know a little bit more: Here are some key quick steps into how to organize your own Social Innovation Camp:

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Further information can be found on: Social Innovation Camp Cookbook

Everyone interested to organize a Social Innovation Camp, should contact the Social Innovation Camp UK for advice and request the full version of Cookbook at: hello(at)sicamp.org

UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo can provide also advice and assistance on organizing Social Innovation Camp with young people as well as connect with mentors and like-minded people.

For further insight into this please check out: www.sicampkosovo.org for blog posts.

Twitter: #sicampkosovo or @kosinnovations

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KosovoInnovations

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