Social Good Summit 2017-Future Now; Wetin now?

Sep 6, 2017

The Social Good Summit (SGS) is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held annually during United Nations General Week, SGS unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. During SGS, global citizens around the world unite to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place. This initiative is annually localized in various UNDP Country Offices worldwide.

This year’s SGS event in Sierra Leone will be a one-day event taking place at Njala University Towarma Campus in Bo District on 29th September, 2017 @ 9:00am.

UNDP started holding the SGS events, with the National Youth Innovation Award (YIA) in 2013. Salton Massally was the first winner. He invented the job portal. Salton is now a leading youth innovator, and the Chief Technology Officer at iDT Labs in Sierra Leone. The summit was not held in 2014 due to the state of medical emergency restrictions instituted during the Ebola epidemic. The summit returned in 2015, with Archippus Sesay winning the award that year. Archippus works in the Orthopaedic Department at the regional hospital in Makeni. He is an amputee from Northern Sierra Leone, who locally designs and manufactures prosthetic legs for amputees. A trio won the male category with the prototype of an environmentally friendly electricity generator, whilst Fatmata Binta Bah won the female category with a water purification system for her community. Fatmata and the trio represented Sierra Leone in the just concluded 2017 World Robot Olympiad in Washington.

With FutureNow being the international theme, the Sierra Leonean theme-Wetin Now asks what now, in Krio. What can young people and communities can do now, to fully harness the full potential of new tech to create tangible solutions that help achieve the Sustainable Devvelopment Goals. 

We hope this year’s event will inspire young people to take the lead in coming up with ground-breaking innovations to help make Mama Salone a better place. Contestants will be split into male and female categories from which the two-star winners and two runners-up will be selected. The star winners will receive a cash prize of SLL 10Million each and the runners up will each receive SLL 5Million.

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