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Case study: Sida – Prototype Change

On November 21st-22nd 2014, in collaboration with Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), Reach for Change arranged its first ever hackathon – the Prototype Change Summit .

Part of Sida’s mission is to increase knowledge in Sweden about developing countries. To challenge perceptions specifically regarding digital and social innovation in Africa, we gathered over one hundred people from Sweden and six African countries in Stockholm – Change Leaders, tech wizards and enthusiasts. For 48 hours they collaborated to celebrate and create digital innovations.

Eighty-five percent of the Swedish participants stated after the event that it had changed their perception about Africa. The dialogue however reached far beyond the physical meeting. Thousands of people engaged in the social media conversation and more than 100,000 people visited the project website to learn more.

The meeting also resulted in something even more tangible. In only 48 hours, the Change Leaders and the tech experts jointly developed eight prototypes for digital innovations to help children. They ranged from an ipad app for Swedish children with ADHD to an sms-platform to connect children with medical expertise in Ghana and Chad.

Find the prototypes and learn more here .

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