Social Innovation Camp Kosovo draws on the experience of UK’s Social Innovation Camp to create an event tailored for the Kosovo context. This was the fourth time the Innovation Lab Kosovo teamed 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. Six ideas were born.

PsyLab team brainstorming with Innovations Lab Kosovo team about their Virtual Psychology Lab project. Photo credit: Erxhan Llapashtica
PsyLab team brainstorming with Innovations Lab Kosovo team about their Virtual Psychology Lab project. Photo credit: Erxhan Llapashtica

PsyLab

Virtual Psychology Lab is a team of three addressing one of the key needs of psychology students: access to videos of psychology experiments in local language. The website will allow students to also publish research articles, and to like, share, and comment website content. The short term benefit is that students will better understand the curriculum, and teachers will be able to complement their lesson plans with videos of famous experiments they learn about in class. Long-term benefit will be improved quality of education in the psychology department, which may serve as a good model for other university departments. The team will look to MEST, MCYS, Prishtina Municipality etc., to ensure sustainability through sponsorship, and, potentially, adding videos to university curricula. The team will utilize social media (Facebook, Twitter), professional networks (Linkedin), to promote the project nationally and, at later stages, globally.

Two mentors of SI Camp Kosovo 4th edition, Dan and Visar, providing guidance to Kino Po Vjen team. Photo credit: Erxhan Llapashtica
Two mentors of SI Camp Kosovo 4th edition, Dan and Visar, providing guidance to Kino Po Vjen team. Photo credit: Erxhan Llapashtica

Kinemaja n’rrota

Two team members want to bring mobile cinema to rural and marginalized areas with films and documentaries on various social topics. The purpose of the project is twofold: (1) raise awareness on local issues (e.g., environmental protection, risky behavior among youth), and (2) increase socialization among young people through debates. The expected outcome of the project for people from rural areas is that they will take action on issues discussed after the movies and documentaries are shown. The team also seeks to connect rural audience with good role models e.g., if the movie theme/message is around disability, the role models will interact with the audience either physically or online to share their story of overcoming physical or mental disability to achieve their full potential.

eKatun team, one of the winners of recent SI Camp Kosovo, discussing with Innovations Lab Kosovo lead, Josh Harvey. Photo credit: Erxhan Llapashtica
eKatun team, one of the winners of recent SI Camp Kosovo, discussing with Innovations Lab Kosovo lead, Josh Harvey. Photo credit: Erxhan Llapashtica

eCatun

A team of five is looking to address the problem of connectivity between ordinary local produce sellers, and potential buyers in Kosovo. The idea is to facilitate the process through a virtual market where local sellers, such as farmers, can create a profile which they can use to promote their homemade products, particularly agricultural products, thus increasing entrepreneurship in rural areas of Kosovo. The website will also help prospective buyers who will be able to sort by region, and product category. Upon meeting with the seller and purchasing homemade products, the buyers can then rate the seller, and write a review for their purchase. The website is expected to promote quality products, and increase the sales among men and women who produce homemade goods in rural areas.

Droplet team working on their prototype. Photo credit: Erxhan Llapashtica
Droplet team working on their prototype. Photo credit: Erxhan Llapashtica

Droplet

Citizens of Prishtina are accustomed to frequent water cuts. While this past winter was mild with least precipitation over years, Droplet team wants to do something to overcome the water shortage problem. How does one begin to reduce water waste in the capital city? The team’s solution is to create a mobile application which will offer: (1) tips on responsible water use, (2) daily water level statistics of main water sources in Prishtina, and (3) visualization of individual water consumption compared to average water usage per person. To ensure sustainability, the team will continue with web development, adding new features, and making regular updates to attract more users and retain existing app users. Additionally, the team will seek to partner with Prishtina Regional Water Company, Municipality of Prishtina, and MESP.

ProVendor team during the working process, discussing about the features of the platform. Photo credit: Njomza Kadriu
ProVendor team during the working process, discussing about the features of the platform. Photo credit: Njomza Kadriu

ProVendor

A team of five has identified a gap in the market where producers face difficulties in informing citizens about their products in one single location. Some producers sell their products in local supermarkets but the problem is that clients are not aware of all existing products. The team’s goal is to become the single point of ‘Market Role’ where clients will be up to date with local products and directly contribute to the economy, while producers will benefit by increasing their sales of goods and services. Businesses will be able to share all of their products in an easy way, and it will be an excellent way for sellers to know client demand and new market requests. The team will promote the website through a promotional video that will be displayed in local supermarkets.

 Dan and Josh providing advice on design thinking to UPTransparency team. Photo credit: Njomza Kadriu
Dan and Josh providing advice on design thinking to UPTransparency team. Photo credit: Njomza Kadriu

UPTransparency

A team of four is developing a website for students in public universities to be informed about bribery in the higher education system, and to report cases or bribery. The project targets students of all communities across Kosovo to encourage a student movement toward transparency and accountability in the higher education system. The cases of bribery reported by students will be collected bimonthly, and aggregate information will be shared with the respective faculty management, Rectorate, and the Dean’s office. If the reported cases are not dealt with by the management, the team will share statistics with the media. Initially, the team will pilot the website with four public university departments, with the aim of expanding to other faculties at a later stage.

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