Social Innovation in a Tech Summit

Last week, Bloode’s team had a chance to present Bloode in Web Summit. A tech conference with 21 summits showcasing the latest news and trends in the digital world.

One of the 21 summits was dedicated to society and social entrepreneurship. It showcased successful social business models, presented the difficulties and the opportunities in a social organization and discussed issues suck as the refugees’ crisis, racism, poverty and health.

Kickstarter: “We all need to fight for a diverse culture”

What stood out for me was Kickstarter’s founder Yancey Strickler stating that “Most of the great ideas in life don’t have the aim of making a profit but just want to exist.”

Kickstarter recently reincorporated as a Benefit Corporation. Yancey Strickler hopes that this will inspire a lot more companies to do the same. Meanwhile, he suggests that startups founders should

“Be idealistic.

“Act with integrity always.

“Don’t sell out the long term for the short term.

 

One Campaign: Why data can play a central role in eradicating poverty.

Jamie Drummond, founder of One campaign talks about the Poverty Data Crisis:

1/3 of births are not registered

2/3 of deaths are not registered

Poverty data are out of date.

He presents how technology can solve this issue and motivates people with a huge #strengthie Selfie taken in the center stage of Web Summit.

Movember: Having fun, doing good and changing the world

Movember Foundation has raised $485 M and funded over 1.000 programs focusing on men’s health.

Movember was founded the same time as facebook was starting to grow. Justin Coghlan, Movember’s founder states that the rise of social media is what helped them to become successful.

“For me changing is knowing your audience and let them have fun”.

After three exhausting but exciting days in Dublin I feel inspired.

What I’ve learned?

1. We need to engage corporate in our social causes.

2. Falling in love with the problem you are solving, not the solution.

3. Technology can be a solution for social problems but also we need to put back humanity into software.

Written by Natalia Kritsali.