The second annual Central Asia-wideSocial Innovation Camptook place from May 31-June 2 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Fifty young web designers, programmers, bloggers and activists were selected to take part of the event out of 138 applicants from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Over the course of 36 hours, 420 cups of coffee, and 360 cups of tea, teams developed seven concepts for online applications with a social goal into functioning prototypes. In addition, Internews Kazakhstan staff offered master classes oninspiring social online start-upsandmonetizing online civic initiatives.
A jury of experts from three Central Asian nations as well as Belarus and the Czech Republic evaluated each project based on its ability to do social good, effective use of technology, potential for mobilizing the public and sustainability over the long-term.
Out of seven projects, the top three included
Internews Kazakhstan is providing paid hosting and a domain for the winning team, “Employment for the Disabled.” In addition to Internews, Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan and Transitions Online also provided support for the event.