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Innovation Generation – Impact Through AVID
a Scope Global competition

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Australian volunteer and Innovation Competition co-winner Stephanie Franet with a prototype of her IEC game.

Scope Global is leading innovation through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program to ensure a future for innovation and entrepreneurship in international development, thanks to the Innovation Generation: Impact through AVID pilot program.

As part of the Innovation Generation program, we ran an Innovation Competition and an Innovation Lab for Australian volunteers in June 2015.

A call was sent out to all Scope Global AVID volunteers or alumni members who have applied "outside-the-box" thinking to develop a new tool, product, service, system or process leading to great impact whilst on their assignment or in-country as part of the competition, with the winner taking out a one week Innovation Internship at Scope Global, and 'Brain Training' tools to support innovation development.

The two returned volunteers with the most outstanding contributions were:

  • Paul Bourne, a returned volunteer from the Philippines, with his Modular Octagonal Bahay Kubo for Shelter Relief design for survivors of natural disasters; and
  • Stephanie Franet, current Australian volunteer in Fiji, for her design of interactive information, education and communication (IEC) games, which are tools to assist HIV, STI and non-communicable disease education and prevention.
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Participants at the Innovation Lab, hearing from Bottle for Botol Co-Founder and Managing Director, Chris Kemp (second from right).


The Innovation Lab placed 13 keen Australian volunteer alumni and three experienced young social entrepreneurs whose AVID experience was a catalyst for social enterprises in a room to explore how Scope Global can support AVID volunteers in their innovative endeavours.

The Lab was a three-hour workshop, which involved Alumni sharing their experiences in developing businesses and social enterprises, as well as a self-reflection session, and a short presentation and discussion on key themes and lessons learned.

The Lab was a great start to future work supporting AVID volunteers and Alumni who are keen to get inspired, active and connected to each other, and to create and build businesses and enterprises.

 

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