An Armenian Hackathon: the inside perspectiveOct 13, 2015Keen not to miss out on such a concentration of bright young minds, Kolba Lab, UNDP in Armenia’s innovation unit, teamed up with the good folk at #createtogether and PicsArt to hold a 15-hour hackathon — a marathon coding event bringing together like-minded hackers and non-hackers alike — intended to transform ideas into reality via mobile and web apps, services and products!
Sustainable Energy for a Sustainable ArmeniaOct 5, 2015Between the 29th September and 2nd October, Yerevan was home to the International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development. Over 260 energy experts from all around the world came together in what was only the sixth time such a forum had ever been organized.
NEW GOALS. NEW POWER. NEW TECHNOLOGY. #2030NOWSep 28, 2015This year’s Social Good Summit was the most connected yet. With over 100 countries and counting, Armenia also got in on the party; bringing together activists, artists, leaders and everyday citizens to grapple with the new global goals.
UNDP launches storytelling contest to amplify climate coverage on the run up to Paris summitAug 27, 2015Geneva, 27 August 2015 – UNDP has launched today a global story telling contest,Voices2Paris, to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change as well as on the opportunities and solutions seen in actions by individuals and governments alike across vulnerable developing countries worldwide. “We want to provide young journalists in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in the run-up to COP21, while building their capacity and providing recognition for excellence” noted Neil Buhne, UNDP Geneva Director.
How to organize a planet? Dispatch from the Kolba CaféAug 26, 2015How do seven billion men, women, and children organize themselves? As the world becomes more globalized and interconnected, do we increasingly resemble an ant colony, acting on instructions from our ant queen? Or are we are becoming more leaderless, acting horizontally by harnessing the power of crowds? According to Vahagn Poghoysan, decentralization is a choice being considered more and more in all domains of life. Poghoysan, the founder of the Yerevan-based engineering and robotics company, dropped by late last month for our latest Kolba Café.
Climate Change: a predictable shockMay 7, 2015Last month UNDP in Armenia held Yerevan’s very first TEDx Salon. Speakers of all shapes and sizes – environmental experts, civil society leaders, government ministers, and academics – spoke in front of a packed audiences on the perils of climate change and what we need to do to combat it.
Cracking coconuts: Big data, gaming, maps and portalsApr 6, 2015For the uninitiated: a Social Innovation Camp brings together people, ideas and digital tools in to create web-based social innovations – from software to business models – all in just a weekend. Originally created by the fine people at Social Innovation Camp, it has now gone global and been implemented in 16 countries across 4 continents.
Developing not for but with: Co-designing ArmeniaFeb 13, 2015A common trap in development work is thinking that the service you’re providing will address all the needs of those who will use it. But what would you learn that you otherwise might not if you involved everyday citizens in the design of public sector services?
Dodging dystopia: crowdsourced foresight in ArmeniaJan 19, 2015At Kolba lab here in Armenia, we have been testing foresight. We’re trying to gauge its potential in shaping the UN’s strategy in Armenia and in supporting the design of future development programmes. This blog is the second part in a series aimed at sharing our rationales, experiences and results.
Kolba in 2015: it’s your community, so what will we achieve together?Jan 6, 2015We have come a long way since Mardamej. Social innovation camps were a lot of fun, but many of the teams that emerged from these co-design events needed more support. So we built Kolba, a social venture incubator.
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