Crowdsourcing 20 Amazing Social Good Solutions: HPE Living Progress Challenge

May 11, 2016 Clinton Bonner

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Last week we shared with you the great news that the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Living Progress Challenge had entered its next, important phase. 20 winning proposals have been elevated as finalists in their ambitious and large-scale social good program. Now, all 20 teams enter the next crucial phase in this large-scale innovation challenge where they will actively design and develop their ideas through crowdsourcing challenges, executed here on Topcoder.

Starting today, the 20 finalists will be using crowdsourcing via challenges on Topcoder to take their proposals off of paper and towards a real, digital product. With crowdsourcing challenges canvassing design, wireframes, prototyping, front-end development, and many more, all 20 teams, and their ideas will be rapidly brought to a MVP (minimum viable product) in about 84 days time.

That’s 20 winning proposals, rapidly being transformed from idea to a working beta solution, in just 12 weeks’ time.

 

We wanted to share with you, our community, the 20 winning proposals you will have a chance to help design and develop over the course of the next 12 weeks. In the section below are brief introductions to the 20 winning ideas you will help bring to life.

Please remember, the challenges in this series are part of a Topcoder Blitz that has a bonus prize pool of around $37,000. The series will feature over 100 design and development challenges in total.

The HPE Living Progress Topcoder Blitz site has all the details you will need to compete in this series. We’ve made staying up to date with this Topcoder Blitz easy for you. You can choose to opt-in to email notifications to receive challenge announcements, prize pool updates, and more.

So, let’s meet the 20 winning proposals you will help bring to digital life!

Crowdsourcing at scale for social good innovation

The below detail comes to us from a fantastic blog our partners at HPE recently published. We highly encourage you to read the entire post here as it offers even more detail around their Living Progress program. HPE will also be releasing a series of posts dedicated to providing more detail around each of these finalists. These soon to be released posts might be very valuable to you our Topcoder members who decide to compete in this challenge series.

The 20 winning finalists from the aforementioned HPE article:

From providing apps for women’s savings groups, to ensuring that businesses canrecover after natural disasters, to improving internet accessibility for the disabled—these winning proposals accelerate opportunity to improve people’s lives around the world. They came from a wide range of organizations including the American Red Cross, Stanford University and the UN World Food Programme.

And now, here is our full list of proposal winners and a brief overview of their proposed solution.  Congratulations to all!

AgriUp – Foursquare for farmers

Submitted by: UN World Food Programme A smartphone app/website that will provide location-specific information including weather alerts, agricultural advice and nutrition tips.

BirthTrac

Submitted by VaxTrac A clinic-based tool running on Android devices that will collect basic information and monitor women throughout their pregnancy and delivery.

Civic Crowd Analytics Analyzing Crowdsourced Civic Input

Submitted by: Stanford University A tool that will automate the analysis and synthesis of input received through crowdsourcing platforms ensuring that every citizen has an equal opportunity to have their voice heard.

Data to Drops: Improving Access to Safe Water through Technology

Submitted by Global Water Challenge A tool that analyzes the causes of water point failures in order to enable improved research and policies to keep water flowing.

Dynamic Accessibility Maturity Model

Submitted by: The Business Disability Forum A web-based tool designed to help businesses address their accessibility and digital requirements.

Educational Pinboard for Teachers and Learners

Submitted by: Open Education Consortium An easy-to-use tool to allow educators and students around the world to access high-quality, open source educational materials.

Impact Entrepreneurship by Consequential, Continuous Mentorship

Submitted by Endeavor A web portal that enables successful entrepreneurs to mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Lifestyle Planning for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Submitted by YAI A software tool to help people with intellectual disabilities identify the type of assistance they need in order to improve personal independence.

Machine Learning Advancements for Impact Social Work

Submitted by:Samasource A concept to improve work opportunities for marginalized women and youth in impoverished regions.

Making the Internet Accessible to the Disabled

Submitted by: My Blind Spot A web browser “plug-in” that will allow web designers to develop more accessible websites for the disabled.

Mentor ME

Submitted by: Raul Elizondo and team (HPE employees), Pupilo, Tec Milenio University, and Enrique Diaz de Leon University A web app to increase access to volunteer mentors for young adults and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mentorship programs.

MoBy – Social Networks in Maternal Health Service Delivery

Submitted by: Jacaranda Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health A low-cost, scalable and easily accessible tool to increase adherence to maternal and neonatal care, patient-centeredness and perinatal health outcomes.

Preparing Small and Medium Businesses Using Mobile Technology

Submitted by: Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center Increasing community preparedness and reducing disaster-caused losses for small and medium businesses around the world by leveraging mobile tools and assessments.

Sharing is Learning—Search, Discover and Remix Open Content

Submitted by: Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education Mobile apps that will enable educators and learners to discover, remix and share open teaching and learning content on demand.

Sheventures—A Gaming Platform for Women’s Advocacy Education

Submitted by: National Democratic Institute An open, narrative gaming platform designed to teach women and girls to develop real-world advocacy skills to apply in their communities.

Social Volunteer Discovery

Submitted by Points of Light Enhance the functionalities of the “All for Good” internet platform, enabling more people to find volunteer opportunities.

Tackling Illegal Trade of Fisheries Products with Customs Data

Submitted by: World Wildlife Fund This solution will identify products moving through global trade routes that are suspected of being illegal.

TalentMark Employer Portal Pilot

Submitted by: Specialisterne A digital solution to support the employment of people with autism.

The Class Master Initiative

Submitted by: Herufi Africa Ltd. A tool that will track school attendance of public nursery and primary school students throughout Kenya and provide insight into the root causes of absenteeism.

WORTH 2.0: Digitizing Community Savings Groups to Build Household and Community Resilience

Submitted by: PACT A digital financial literacy and savings program for women.

For more detail about each of these proposals, read here and prepare to be inspired.

Joining this HPE + Topcoder Blitz

With all the amazing proposals listed above, over 100 design and development challenges (starting today!!!), and a bonus prize pool of around $37,000, we encourage you to register for and compete in this epic series of challenges!

HPE + Topcoder Blitz Site is here

Email opt-in for Blitz notifications is here

To our bold partners at HPE, we are excited to join you in this incredible crowdsourcing endeavor.

To our amazing Topcoder community members. We cannot wait to see how your top talent and execution help to accelerate these amazing proposals and bring them to life!

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