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Innovators determined to advance results for children
Helsinki Innovation Summit explores new solutions to benefit the world’s children
HELSINKI/NEW YORK, 9 November 2015 – Over 500 leading thinkers from the technological, academic, corporate, development and humanitarian world are convening in Helsinki today to unlock the way new technologies can drive change for the world’s most vulnerable children.
“Technology and new ways of thinking can help us reach the most marginalized children faster and more efficiently than ever before,” said Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. “Sharing innovations with children and making them part of the solution can help us turn cycles of poverty into cycles of prosperity and progress, not just for them but for their communities and nations.”
Organized by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and UNICEF, ‘Start Up To Scale Up’ is the first global summit on innovations for children and youth. It aims to:
- Raise awareness of the potential impact innovations can have on improving children’s lives and realizing their rights;
- Create new partnerships to advance and scale up innovative solutions for children;
- Activate support from partners to help amplify proven, high-impact innovations for children worldwide; and
- Develop new localized innovations that will help lift children out of poverty.
“We are happy to host this event in Helsinki,” said Lenita Toivakka, Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development. “Finland is repeatedly listed as one of the world’s most innovative economies. We strongly believe that in order to find solutions to the pressing problems children are facing and to implement the global sustainable development agenda we need new ways of thinking and doing development cooperation, increased investments in innovation, and maybe most importantly, improved commitment to partnerships in doing so.”
Participants will examine which opportunities from the technological and private sector can have the biggest impact on children over the next five years, how a more connected world can deal with more frequent emergencies, how wider connectivity affects learning, and how to prepare a more resilient planet.
They will also explore emerging areas such as: social data; access to information through satellite infrastructure; wearables for personal and planetary health; games and behaviour change; the role of entertainment and media in scaling up innovations for children; learning in 2020 and beyond; and the future of jobs and job training.
The summit is held in collaboration with Slush, a start-up and technology conference held in Finland every year bringing together entrepreneurs and international investors.
Note to editors:
For a full list of participants, a detailed agenda and livestream information, please visit: http://summit.unicef.fi/. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #uinnovate, or by visiting our platforms @UNICEF, @UNICEFTalk and @UNICEFInnovate. To learn more about UNICEF’s work in innovations, visit: http://www.unicef.org/innovation/.