Blockchain supporting local innovation for local solutions worldwide
Empodera Impact Stories talks to Cecilia Chapiro and Ariana Fowler, members of the UNICEF Innovation Office. A team within UNICEF that explores emerging technologies and their potential to positively impact the world and the agency’s work, including navigating an evolving and expanding digital realm with projects as interesting as Giga Connect. "We power projects like Giga Connect, to connect schools around the world to the Internet and young people to information and opportunities".
Within UNICEF's Innovation Office is UNICEF Innovation Fund, a pooled funding vehicle investing in early stage, open-source, emerging technology with the potential to impact children on a global scale. In the words of Cecilia and Ariana, this fund “has made 100 strategic investments in digital public goods across 57 countries in the areas of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence, drones, augmented reality and virtual reality, accessibility and blockchain”.
UNICEF's Innovation Office works to develop prototypes, conduct research, and invest in startups across various frontier technologies, all in service of improving the lives of children and young people around the globe.