As the Lead Innovation Partner for UNLEASH, Deloitte supported the design, delivery and facilitation of the innovation labs. The UNLEASH Innovation Process, which was developed from the concept of Human-Centered Design for social impact, has been used to facilitate the overall innovation process.
The UNLEASH Innovation Labs are annual events taking place in a new country each year. The program selects 1,000 young people from around the world for a week-long innovation process and cultural experience, where they collaborate on solutions that address Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Facing global challenges as part of a global team
For the third year in a row, Deloitte teamed up with UNLEASH to bring together over 1,000 of the brightest minds from different sectors and backgrounds to develop social impact solutions. Deloitte sent 130 facilitators from its global network in November 2019 to Shenzen, China, including several from Deloitte Australia.
I was privileged to be selected as the Lead Facilitator for SDG four, under the theme of Quality Education. I worked with over 100 talents and co-facilitators from all around the world on solutions geared towards this area. The week in Shenzen started on such a high note with all of us energised to brainstorm and interact on different solutions under Quality Education, categorised into several sub-themes:
- Access to Quality Education
- ICT and Vocational training
- Educational Facilities and
- Education for Vulnerable Population.
The talents in SDG four identified challenges in the education sector and worked together in teams to find solutions, test, pitch and showcase the solutions in a marketplace to potential funders, international partners and experts.
Quality Education award winning solutions
The two solutions that received awards from UNLEASH Innovation Hacks in SDG four were:
- A low-cost carbon paper-based autism detection drawing book: to enable early diagnosis of autism in rural areas of Western Kenya and Northern Bangladesh.
- A better, more comfortable, material for school uniforms in hot countries: the uniform leverages a specific material that aims to lower the body temperature of students, allowing them to concentrate and learn better at school.
Going virtual during the pandemic
Referencing the success and values gained at the start of 2020, UNLEASH rapidly reacted to the current pandemic by launching UNLEASH Virtual Hacks and Innovation Labs to solve sustainability and SDG challenges. I was selected to assist a couple of UNLEASH virtual events.
Some of them were to be an adviser for the UNLEASH+ Hacks in South Africa, Lead Facilitator for Virtual Innovation Lab for SDG three (Good Health & Wellbeing) and SDG four and Network Partner for the UNLEASH+ Global Bootcamp. Continuing to make an impact
Continuing to make an impact
Becoming a part of UNLEASH has been a rewarding experience for me. I have been able to work with people from different regions in the world to develop next-generation ideas, and partner with talented individuals and stakeholders who are at the forefront of innovation and global development.
UNLEASH inspires a generation of leaders in the SDG who in turn inspire others, and Deloitte’s commitment for social impact and accelerating the SDG implementation does not stop at UNLEASH. We have joined forces with the World Economic Forum and Salesforce to build UpLink, a digital platform that enables SDG innovators and other like-minded groups to connect and crowdsource the best social innovations for addressing global challenges.
Published 21 Apr 2022