Developers and thinkers needed to change volunteering, and the world

Published: 14 November 2014 17:27 CET

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has once more partnered with the World Economic Forum and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship to inspire volunteers and promote innovation in the humanitarian sector. The 2014 World Series of Innovation Challenge invites teams to come up with a concept for a tablet or smartphone application that promotes voluntary service and a more caring society.

The winning teams in each category will receive a prize of $2,000 US dollars, and an additional $500 US dollars for their school or non-profit youth organization.

Last year’s challenge – on the subject of ‘community-committed and job-fit’ received 77 submissions from teams comprising 242 participants. Teams came from Austria, Chile, Ireland, Haiti, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The eventual winners were from Ireland – a project that enables young people to organize events in their local communities – and the USA – an app which connected students with community service projects in need of volunteers.

Submissions for the IFRC’s Volunteer for Change Challenge are needed before 20 November 2014, and you can find more information about the prizes and submissions procedures on the project’s website.