THE call for entries has ended and Izwan Ismail, the founder of UX Malaysia, organiser of the Social Innovation Camp KL (SI Camp KL), is pleased with the various ideas for technological solution that have come in for this year’s camp.
The camp aims to inspire social entrepreneurs to complete their mobile solutions as well as connect them to parties that can help bring these ideas to fruition to help alleviate societal problems.
“The ideas that have come through this year concentrate on little things that matter. We often look at big, hazardous problems and miss out on the little things that add up,” said Izwan.
The call for ideas ended on Aug 20. Six have been selected to participate in this year’s SI Camp KL, which will be held between Sept 20 and 22 at Sunway University College.
The final six idea-owners will have a team to help bring these ideas to life at the camp.
Izwan said participants can expect a lot at the camp as ideas collide and hard questions are asked at the pitching session on the final day.
“In the meantime, anyone interested can lend their expertise and help build these six ideas by visiting kl.sicampasia.com and choose an idea that they would like to help with,” he said.
Participants stand a chance to win a cash prize of RM5,000.
The Social Innovation Camp is jointly organised by UX Malaysia and Makeweekend with the support of the United Nations Development Programme and hosted by the Sunway University Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. The Star is the official media partner of SI Camp KL.
The final six ideas that made the cut are:
CrowdCities (by Lim Jun Yuen)
Crowd-sourcing is a growing in-thing, but Lim hopes to empower citizens to invest in building and restore public spaces in their local communities through CrowdcCities, allowing them to broadcast their ideas to help target and improve the development of the cities they live in.
CrowdCities aims to raise resources and expertise available across communities, neighbourhoods, and entire cities to fund and build public infrastructure.
“CrowdCities will inevitably duplicate public works by the authorities. We would like to have people who can help us build relationships with the authorities to create a system where both parties can work together efficiently,” said Lim.
Guardian Angel (by Lim Soon Heng)
Guardian Angel is a GPS-enabled application that functions via a single click to make a series of calls based on a customised-programmed escalation sequence so that there is a response to the alert.
The app enables users to send out a call for help that allows family members and friends to respond. This, said Lim, could potentially benefit the aged, young latchkey children and working adults who, more often than not, live on their own.
SaveAChildToday.net (by Lu Chen Pin)
With an alarming increase in missing children today, Lu’s SaveAChildToday is a welcomed online platform to find missing children and, combat child trafficking.
The platform allows parents and NGOs to upload profiles of missing children as well as allow the public to snap pictures of street kids or child labourers and upload them to the same platform.
A facial-recognition and matching engine will then match these faces to photos of missing children, and produce a visual report on a timeline to map and track the movement of missing children.
Lu hopes to get global support for SaveAChildToday given that child trafficking is a global challenge.
Insaf Tracker (by Syed Nasir Alsagoff)
Insaf Tracker will work as a prevention and monitoring system that will help recovering addicts from falling into a relapse.
A computer science lecturer who spent 16 years in the Malaysian army, Syed Nasir has a well thought out plan for his mobile solution.
The first part is the mobile app that will be triggered to alert loved ones when a recovering addict goes to an off-limits area, or even give advice to the addict if he or she stays too long in the off-limits area. The second part is a web-based database to help monitor the target group.
Syed Nasir says he is aware of the challenges involved in making the app workable, such as differentiating the different types of addictions to cater the app accordingly and defining off-limit areas appropriately and hopes to get all the help he can at the camp.
Bees (by Chua Ming Jin)
There is strength in numbers and Chua believes that the numbers in a community can make it stronger.
Bees is a tool that can be used to share important information with people nearby quickly, warning them on dangers or requesting for help from the surrounding community.
Influenced by the rising crime rate in KL, Chua drew inspiration from the little flying insects that send out signals to other bees for help.
“A bee actually leaves behind a trail of scent for other bees to track down when trouble arises. This proves that information sharing within a community is crucial to make it able to stand against threats,” he noted.
Quickcauses (by Chew Pui Cheng)
Quickcauses is a transparent crowd-funding platform that allows the project organiser to manage public contributions efficiently. Chew hopes to raise awareness on organisers’ accountability when handling public donations.
The idea came about early this year when there was a need for a transparent fund-raising platform to raise money for food aid in Lahad Datu. Having worked with various community service organisations, Chew realised that there was no proper check-and-balance system in handling such funds.
“Essentially, we wanted to ensure that the money was directed to the right channels, and to the right people. There is a need to learn to be accountable for the money organisers have raised from the community, and they can now do so with this platform,” Chew said.