We’re quite aware that this sounds a tiny bit corny. And yes, we’re going to say it anyway: We’re over the moon!

And because we’re still buzzing from the empowering people. Workshop, we want to share our day with you.
Once again we held our empowering people. Workshop in the run-up to the empowering people. Award Ceremony on October 6 and once again we were astounded and delighted by the level of commitment and bags of passion that the social innovators have brought with them from around the world. Winners from the last empowering people. Award held in 2012/13, new Award winners from this time around and best-practice Network members – “a room full of innovation,” we say. “A space where we can learn and reflect” says developer of the Videobooks in Sign Language, Silvana Veinberg, one of the finalists from this Award.

Kicking off the proceedings was Carola Schwank, project manager of our Network: “Those of you joining us for the first time may ask: ‘what’s behind the Network?’ My answer is: The name is the program “empowering people. Network – Technologies for Basic Needs”. Smart and intelligent technologies with social impact and a promising business basis…”

Smart, simple, intelligent technologies, they’re hard to find. Locally produced and locally run – even harder to find. As you know, we run an Award to identify these products and solutions and this is all we see at the beginning: an entry, a solution, a business plan. We can envisage and examine the impact it has to lives. In short we see enough for our expert teams and international jury to select the crème de la crème of social innovation. And then when all the winning technologies have been selected, we actually get to meet the people behind them.

Traveling in from Cameroon and Argentina, from the United States and India, from near and from far: The brains behind the innovations are here together in one room: eager to learn, willing to expand their knowledge and share experiences with other social entrepreneurs. “Coming to a meeting like this helps me think about expansion,” says Gamal Albinsaid from Indonesia, founder of the innovative scheme Garbage Clinical Insurance.”  

Modules on organizational structures and further development help the innovators on their entrepreneurial journey, one that the empowering people. Network is happy to accompany them on. Stay tuned and come with us on our Solutions Walk which will be streamed live from Berlin on our Facebook Page at approx. 6:30pm (CET). You’ll also get to see the finalists, their products and who is about to win the top prizes in the empowering people. Award.

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