For many of us, digital tools and technologies help us in our daily lives. We use them for fun and for work; to learn and to connect. And some people are also using them to change the world for the better – we call them Digital Champions. Digital Champions are powerful creators, makers, and innovators who are transforming their environment and their communities for the better. As individuals or teams, Digital Champions are addressing difficult questions such as gender, equity, rights, participation and civic engagement, discrimination, and poverty. They are looking to share and create new opportunities with children and youth through digital media, to give the people in their community a chance to voice their stories, and to help them in shaping a positive and meaningful life.

As part of Digitally Connected – a collaborative network launched by UNICEF and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University in 2014 – we are looking to find young people with disabilities who have done innovative, interesting, and inclusive digital work, as well as young people, youth groups, and youth-led organizations who have done such digital work in partnership with adults and/or children with disabilities. A Digital Champion could be someone who runs a popular blog that serves as a source of support for fellow young people with a specific disability; an individual, group, or organization that develops strong advocacy campaigns on digital and social inclusion; someone who is working to ensure that the internet and STEM education are more accessible for people with disabilities; or someone designing apps or technology to assist children and young people with disabilities in everyday life.

A selection of Digital Champion profiles will be published in a special publication online, and will be presented at the Digitally Connected symposium in Chile in May 2016.For more details and to submit a nomination please visit: http://www.digitallyconnected.org/digital-champions-2015-2016/

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