UNICEF’s Office of Innovation (OOI) is an agile global architecture aligning with diverse partners to boldly explore and scale innovative approaches and technologies to deliver equitable impact and opportunity for every child today, and an accelerated pace of change for generations to come. We do this in a collective movement with innovative minds globally, across industries and generations, and our UNICEF innovators in over 190 countries.Within the OOI, the UNICEF Venture Fund invests solely in Open Source tech solutions with the potential to impact children on a global scale. We invest in solutions around $100 billion industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: blockchain, drones, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, extended reality and virtual reality. The core motivation of the Venture Fund is to identify "clusters" or portfolios of initiatives around frontier technology spaces - so that UNICEF can both shape markets, learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children.
Why we are joining Hack for Earth at COP28:
UNICEF Open Source Challenge
If you are ready to take the leap and commit to making your solution Open Source, just check the button in the Hackathon Platform called "I want to make my solution Open Source and join the UNICEF Open Source challenge" when you submit your solution.
As a winner with an Open Source solution, together with the UNICEF Office of Innovation and the Venture Fund, you will have the opportunity to:
So in case you want to make your solution open source, just check the button in the Hackathon Platform called "I want to make my solution Open Source and join the UNICEF Open Source challenge" when you submit your solution.
Our challenge is rooted in Open Source principles, a pivotal approach that preserves the freedom of users and transparency in solution development. Open Source solutions empower users and consumers with the freedom to read, run, revise, and redistribute, ensuring accessible, scalable, and robust innovations. We seek projects across software, research, content, or hardware that embody these ideals, transcending boundaries and driving sustainable development goals. Join us in championing Open Source not just as a method, but as the right way to develop solutions for a collaborative and sustainable future.
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