UNICEF Nicaragua, a partner of Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, presented the Sociopreneur Initiative at the first festival of public innovation, FINDEMO, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the end of March 2014.

Behaved photo of FINDEMO
Official (and well-behaved) photo of FINDEMO

The event consisted of 48 hours of hack-a-thon with over 150 entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and academics united to tackle five problems in public policy. The Sociopreneur Initiative was the only challenge from the social sector and the only one from outside South America. The pressure was on to present a challenge exciting enough to attract as many brains as possible from this busy crowd.

Official video of FINDEMO: hacking public policy in a non-conventional way

With smoke machines, AC/DC, and a killer presentation our UNICEF chicas didn’t disappoint… We drew in the largest and most creative minds at FINDEMO, who worked tirelessly on an exciting proposal amid circus performances, inspiring talks, and lots of dancing.

Natalia, Elisa, and Milja presenting UNICEF Nicaragua's challenge at FINDEMO
Natalia, Elisa, and Milja presenting UNICEF Nicaragua’s challenge at FINDEMO

In fact, our group ended up winning the prize for best integration of Human Centered Design in their final proposal. And they continue their support and follow-up from afar. The result was our proposal to build the first hackerspace in Nicaragua! 

Dario Wainer from Garage Lab, Buenos Aires' coolest hackerspace shows off a laser cutter
Dario Wainer from Garage Lab, Buenos Aires’ coolest hackerspace shows off a laser cutter

Creating a hackerspace was also our idea to take advantage of the tourism value chain as an integral component of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. It’s about having a physical and self-sustainable place, where locals and tourists come together to create concrete things that have a social impact.

Results in less than 100 days

Meanwhile, our determined sociopreneurs from the first cohort have been busy implementing their 100-day results-oriented plans. Some highlights:

After 10 years dreaming about it, Prof. Lumby, the town historian, has successfully prototyped three of his six cultural tours within 58 days of preparation following a human centered design.
After 10 years dreaming about it, Prof. Lumby, the town historian, has successfully prototyped three of his six cultural tours within 58 days of preparation following a human centered design.
In only 45 days, Odalia has secured a place to open a day-care center and even negotiated a monthly salary with the Ministry of Education. She already has 27 kids in her school!
In only 45 days, Odalia has secured a place to open a day-care center and even negotiated a monthly salary with the Ministry of Education. She already has 27 kids in her school!

Coaches in action

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a world of amazing coaches to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem. So far, we’ve had the honor of working with a group of fantastic innovators from Argentina, Colombia, the United States, and Chile. 

Marcelo Muñoz, CEO of Evoluzion Chile, was our recent guest. He worked closely with local entrepreneurs and explained how his social enterprise is revolutionizing responsible tourism in Chile
Marcelo Muñoz, CEO of Evoluzion Chile, was our recent guest. He worked closely with local entrepreneurs and explained how his social enterprise is revolutionizing responsible tourism in Chile
We've also been partnering with an amazing group of young students from the American College in Managua. They have set up a successful 'Business Club' in their campus and have been actively supporting our Tola entrepreneurs.
We’ve also been partnering with an amazing group of young students from the American College in Managua. They have set up a successful ‘Business Club’ in their campus and have been actively supporting our Tola entrepreneurs.

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I'mpossible Policy Natalia Adler
 Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF Nicaragua
Twitter: nataliaadler19

 

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