Social Good Summit 2015 – Innovating for Social Change in Sudan

 (From left to right ) Head of Oversight Division Mr. Jorg kuhnel, UNDP Deputy Country Director Mr. Abdel-Rahman Ghandour and UNDP Communications Analyst Yusra Salim with the Social Good Summit Winning team “Super Zol”

The Social Good Summit was concluded today in Khartoum September 14th, with the award of three winning groups for the creation of innovative solutions to overcome developmental challenges in Sudan.

Around 250 Sudanese youth from across Sudan have participated in this year’s Social Good Summit, out of which 31 were selected to undergo a three day training on principles of innovation and design thinking. Following the three day training the contestants were asked to represent their ideas and solutions for developmental challenges in Sudan and to compete for the best two ideas.

The first prize was awarded to the “Super Zol” team who designed games for social change in Sudan.  The educational game “Superzol” targets Sudanese children aged 5-12 with the aim of instilling values of peacebuilding, social cohesion and nationalism in children. 

Two teams were awarded second place prizes. The first team “Ishtaglata”- ‘Did you find a job yet?” is an application designed to link job seekers with the employers in Sudan. This interactive platform provides a great opportunity for the upload of the educational mentoring films by Sudanese employers.

The second team which won second prize was “Sittana” - Our Madame which provides an innovative solution for a marginalised group in Sudan, the tea lady sellers designed an accessible platform for tea ladies to further empower them with skills on budgeting, diversifying products and usage of e-marketing for new products through the use of social networks namely facebook and learning how to use google maps to locate market gaps.

The event was successful in bringing together various sectors of the society in support of the Sudanese youth. H.E. Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tahani Abdalla, representatives from the private sector, namely DAL Food and Sudani Telecommunications companies in addition to representatives from Impact Hub Khartoum, attended the event and reiterated their support to the participants  and their projects following the competition. Over 38, 000 Sudanese youth participated actively on Social Media networks voicing their thoughts and suggestions for their favourite teams.

The contestants are to form a network of innovators that helps nest innovative, entrepreneurial skills in Sudan and serve as mentoring guide to all youth with aspirations for social change through the use of technology in Sudan.  

The Social Good Summit is held every year during the United Nations Week in 27-28 September under the slogan “What type of world I want to live in by the year 2030”. The main objective of the summit is to examine the impact of technology and new media on development initiatives worldwide as well as providing concrete solutions for sustainable development.

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