Lwala is a finalist in a funding opportunity through the Amplify “Zero to Five” Challenge through OpenIDEO.com. In a nutshell, 443 ideas were submitted on innovative projects organizations would like to initiate in their communities. Our idea focuses on how GIS mapping can be used in “Thrive thru 5″ to reduce under-5 mortality.
31 of IDEO’s “most innovative ideas” were shortlisted…and Lwala was selected!
Between now and Monday, January 6, you can offer feedback on our idea and provide guidance on how we can continue to evolve and refine our concept.
We earn points if people view our concept online, “applaud” our idea, and even engage in discussion with us by leaving comments. Winners are selected according to community participation and expert feedback. You can learn a little more about how this all works here.
Here’s how you can help:
1) Create an account through IDEO either by clicking here or connecting through Gmail or Facebook at the top of the IDEO home page.
2) View our current idea.
3) Applaud it.
4) Offer a comment on our concept with feedback on how we can improve on our idea.
At the end of the challenge, IDEO will award up to $500,000 in funding and design support to about 5 organizations to bring their ideas to life.
Your feedback will demonstrate that we are engaging the community at large to help evolve our concept, which will help both with IDEO as well as our idea as we move forward!
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