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On October 24th, SAP hosted a full day of activities around “A World of 7  Billion”. The expectation is that on October 31st, the world will have  had a population of 7 billion.

To learn about the executive round table that kicked off the day at SAP,  please read my blog: “Innovating for a World of #7Billion: Executive Roundtable at #SAP“.

Part two of the day was an Innovation Jam, which this blog will focus on.

SET UP

The teams that were comprised of a mix of thought leaders, technology experts,  designers, marketing, communications, and business experts, students, and  non-profits assembled in groups (based on the color of their name tags)  around at least 7 tables in the Co-Innovation Lab at SAP in Palo Alto.
 
My group included three topic experts from NGOs BSR and Endeavor, as  well as Stanford who had all physically visited and provided support in  many developing nations.  It was interesting to hear their points of  views and experience, although there was not a lot of time for chit  chat. Unfortunately, two of those experts had to leave in the afternoon  to tend to their day jobs, which was a bit disappointing for the rest of  us. Luckily, experts from Ashoka visited our group frequently to  provide answers to our questions.
 
DESIGN THINKING
 
After SAP CMO Jonathan Becher kicked things off and we got to see a few  videos with background information on the challenge(s), some time was  spent introducing  all teams to the concept of Design Thinking, which I  had luckily already learned about and implemented at the Inclusion  workshop at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas. Our facilitator from SAP, Andrea  did a good job keeping everybody focused and on time. We had about 4.5  hours to come up with a solution, which might sounds like a lot but we  were rushing through.
 
THE CHALLENGE
 
How can girls in developing countries get a secondary education?  Secondary education is middle and high school. We were tasked to come up  with a feasible solution.
 
THE PROCESS
 
Our team of experts started to focus on the Democratic Republic of  Congo, as it seemed a country that could use a lot of support. But as it  turned out that the government does not even support primary education  for girls, we decided that we’d either have to focus on primary  education first or switch.
 
Further research unveiled that Rwanda has a good track record in primary  education, so we figured there is a good foundation to build on, plus,  the government is likely to support further education.
 
We put together our persona: Trinity, 10 years old, lives and works on a  farm, has 4 siblings who she needs to watch and her dream is to be a  teacher.
 
How can we enable her to go to school, fulfill her dream, while convincing her parents that this is in everybody’s interest?
 
I am not going to describe the following hours in excruciating details,  but will say that we really appreciated the ideas that we received on  Twitter, e.g. “Check out Khan Academy”, “Look at Gretta charities”…
 
We had to make a lot of educated guesses and were not afraid to attack  some of the minute details like, how would school materials be  transported by the teacher? Where would books be stored?
 
THE SOLUTION
 
We drew a nice 6 square “comic strip” to present our solution to the  judges at 3:30 PM in front of live streaming cameras. Three minutes that  definitely get your adrenaline going. I tried to get people on Twitter  to “vote” for us :-).
 
For Trinity to be able to go to school, this has to happen early and/or  late in the day, as during the day she has to work on the farm and help  with the siblings. In addition, as she looks after her siblings most of  the time, the girls of Trinity’s age can form a “collaboration group”  where some girls watch the kids while other girls study and vice versa.
 
We also believe that mobile devices and movies can make good learning  aids. As I learned, most likely the parents would own a mobile device  and Trinity would have to share that mobile device and  possibly share  devices with other girls in her collaboration group.
 
The teacher has a moped and will bring handouts to the class (which is  already difficult on a moped as it’s a big pile of paper). Classes take  place in the community center and at the houses/huts of the girls where the  collaboration group meets.
 
In central places, movies that educate can be shown, as well as videos like the ones form Khan Academy.
 
In this scenario, the teacher is mobile and mobile devices are learning aids.
 
There are also visits from Rwandan’s who started with nothing and have  worked there way up through education and hard work. They come to town  centers to talk about how they became successful and encourage  education.
 
As Trinity wants to be a teacher, she gets the opportunity to teach some  younger children; she does not have much time but she knows this is a  good way for her to learn. And her parents want a better future for her.
 
FINISH
 
Obviously, this is a very simplified version of what would need to  happen and I am leaving out some parts here. But it was a first attempt  to solve the problem. The ladies on our team from the NGOs understood  where donation funds could be solicited to support this vision.
 
 
VOICES ON TWITTER
 
Last, let me share some interesting voices on Twitter around this part  of the day, the InnoJam. They also provide some information on the other  winners (our team came in second and we got $25 gift cards to be used  at GlobalGiving.org).

 

 

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                                                          RT @rmgoodm: #7Billion visualized thanks to @GMapsPlugin and #SAP #BusinessObjects #Dashboards very nice! http://t.co/GmZJ8WGw #BI4                                                      

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                                                                    nicfish                                                                     October 25, 2011 at 11:36                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          #SAP and UNFPA unveil interactive population dashboards to help world of #7Billion run better http://t.co/hCtjFpaAhttp://t.co/CkaJ2tRP                                                      

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                                                                    _Voluntourism_                                                                     October 25, 2011 at 9:09                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          RT @nathomson: 3rd Way and “School for You” are the InnoJam 3rd price winner #sap #7billion – good peer to peer & cultural ideas.                                                       

                                                                 ephibanaynal                                                           

                                                                    ephibanaynal                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 17:09                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          Congrats! @nathomson ,,”Mobile Teacher – Project Trinity” takes 2nd place in the competition #sap #7billion. =>tmm                                                       

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                                                                    tommatys                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 16:52                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          RT @nathomson: And the first prize winner is….”Village Academy” #sap #7billion Practical, application of technology, solar aspect                                                       

                                                                 sapcsr                                                           

                                                                    sapcsr                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 16:46                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          Congrats to “Village Academy” winners of SAP Innovative Jam: Innovating for World of 7B! #sap #7billion                                                      

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                                                                    tleparodi                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 16:50                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          RT @sapcsr: RT @7BillionActions: #SAP Mobile Teacher Project Trinity; traveling teachers outfitted with mobile tech. Peers tutor e/o #7Billion                                                      

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                                                                    KEBloo                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 16:23                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          RT @7BillionActions: #SAP InnoJam Green Team developed “The Third Way” access 2 learning resources outside of school using Community Peer2Peer Network. #7billion                                                      

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                                                                    WiserEarth                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 15:54                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          RT @7BillionActions: #SAP School For You Team developed village schools where courses are taught from nearest city electronically #7Billion                                                      

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                                                                    sapcsr                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 15:55                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          #SAP #7Billion InnoJam Judges have chosen Village Academy as the winning team. WTG!                                                       

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                                                                    7BillionActions                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 16:44                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          #SAP InnoJam Team Village Academy – Gov develops curriculum, download to solar-powered tablet PCs. Local needs tracked over time. #7Billion                                                      

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                                                                    7BillionActions                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 16:14                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          RT @nathomson: Team 2: Viral Village Video #sap #7billion. Role play is big. @MarkYolton playing a priest, selling daughter for a cow…                                                       

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                                                                    MarkYolton                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 15:55                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          RT @x_photog: Population 7 Billion: 42 photos of our growing world http://t.co/y9mD1oec #7billion #photography http://t.co/MMR9P7VH #sap                                                      

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                                                                    carolinekohout                                                                     October 24, 2011 at 16:01                                                                

                                                            

                                                   

                                                

                                           

                                      

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                                                          RT @jbecher: Using #sap analytics to discover children in rural areas are nearly twice as likely to be underweight as urban children #7billion
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    1. Natascha Thomson Post author
      I love it:

      When her family’s fat, sleek new goat arrives in her poor Ugandan village, little Beatrice hugs her close and whispers, “Mama says you are our lucky gift….” And indeed it is true. Soon the goat bears two kids and provides enough milk to both feed the family and sell for profit. Until the goat arrived, life was very hard for Beatrice and her five brothers and sisters. The family could not afford to send the children to school, and it was difficult to make ends meet. Magically this one small animal, one of 12 given the village, opens up a new world of health and prosperity. Before the year is out, Beatrice happily realizes her dream of becoming a school girl and her delighted family moves into a sturdy new house.
      Based on the true account of one family who received aid from Heifer Project International, a charitable organization that donates livestock to poor communities around the world, this moving story is eloquently and gracefully recounted. Vividly evoking the lush tropical landscape of central Africa, Lohstoeter’s rich, deeply-hued illustrations perfectly complement the text and make Beatrice and her world affectingly real. Although she may live far removed from the comfortable middle-class lives of many young readers, it is clear that Beatrice is a girl of unusual heart and, like any child, filled with hopes and dreams. In her afterword Hillary Rodham Clinton writes, “Beatrice’s Goat is a heartwarming reminder that families, wherever they live, can change their lives for the better.” A portion of the publisher’s proceeds goes to support the Heifer Project. (Ages 4 to 8) –Marianne Painter –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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