Put Your Social Impact Tech Ideas into Action with Help from HPE

  • Emma Schwartz
  • January 4, 2016
Put Your Social Impact Tech Ideas into A

The potential for technology to break down barriers is limitless, opening doors to education, employment, financial services, social services, healthcare and more. Yet millions of people who can’t access the power of technology are being left behind—excluded from a world of opportunity. The Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Living Progress Challenge offers you a unique opportunity to help address this divide and improve lives, communities and economies by combining your organization’s innovative ideas with HPE technology and expertise.

So here's the key question: What software applications and digital services would you create to improve people’s lives?

The Living Progress Challenge aims to harness the power of crowdsourcing to build solutions to enhance the lives of one million people by 2020.

In a recent NetHope Solutions Center webinar, Chris Wellise, Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Sean Hughes, Senior Manager of Developer Relations, shared details on how you can participate in the challenge and provided insight into the HPE technology (primarily big data, mobility and cloud solutions) that can help put your ideas into action.

How to participate

Submit your ideas (now!). Huddle up and brainstorm with your team-members. Submit your high-level abstracts outlining your problem of focus, technology solution and impact anytime between now and February 16, 2016. Ideas can target any impact area–from agriculture and education to unemployment and financial services. Selections will be based on solution viability, innovation and fit for HPE technology.

“We’re inviting the global community – NGOs, our customers, our own employees – to participate in ideation,” says Wellise. “We’re essentially crowdsourcing ideas to bridge the digital divide, using primarily software applications.”

Vote & Comment. What’s your opinion? Get involved by sharing your feedback on ideas and proposals as they are submitted (one vote per person).

Submit a Proposal. Team up with people around the world to submit a well-defined project brief between January 1-March 11, 2016 to be considered for selection.

In addition to the valuable digital solutions born out of the challenge, HPE views the challenge as a vehicle to connect people and create “an ecosystem for change.” Wellise shared that some of the people submitting ideas are already forming loose partnerships with other types of organizations in order to maximize impact.

Proposals should state the challenge, proposed technology solution and potential for positive impact. They should also reflect an awareness of the limitations of current available solutions, and outline a timeline and plan for deployment.

Up to 20 winning ideas will be chosen by an HPE judging panel and popular vote and will then advance to the final round to have a chance be developed into fully functional real-world solutions—designed, built and deployed with the assistance of HPE.

The multi-tiered prize structure, valued at more than $1,000,000, includes technological services, cash awards and the opportunity to donate to a range of global charities. Five winners will also be selected to present their solutions at the 2016 ICT4D Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in May 2016.

Listen to the webinar recording and view webinar collateral >

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