Startup Weekend Anti human Trafficking
Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub organised Startup Weekend Anti-Human Trafficking. The event focused on a critical issue regarding human trafficking and it focused on bringing ideas that could minimize the problem and support the victims of human trafficking. Mr. Brijendra Rochan Joshi moderated the event which was organized from 9th April to 11th April 2015 at Amar Hotel, Kathmandu. There were 32 participants participating in the event and the participants comprised a mix of foreign as well as local entrepreneurs.
Schedule for the event was :
Meet, Pitch & Team Up
The first day of the event was allotted for the participants to pitch their ideas on anti human trafficking. Eight (8) teams were formed through voting after the pitching session. All the 32 participants participating in the event casted their votes.
Following ideas were selected by the participants.
|1.||Connected NGOs united Team||Marcelo Santos|
|2.||Plaster the Brothel||Casey Allred|
|3.||Project 20||Justine Rivero|
|4.||Banau – Girls who thrive||Kelly James|
|5.||Project Tabula||Amrit Dhir|
|6.||SMS SOS||Shezana Manji|
|7.||Burst the Bubble||Gopi Kallayil|
|8.||NGO Fundraising Toolkit||Deepa Aswani|
Learn & Work
|1||Breakfast Served at the Cafeteria|
|2||Teams Settle and Find a Workspace|
|3||Coaches starts arriving|
|5||Call for Needs and skills|
|6||Coaches help teams one-on-one|
|7||Mid Weekend Check in, Status Report, Call for Help|
|9||Stay and Work till the Venue Allows|
The second day focused on idea validation, research, potential to serve the victims of human trafficking. Local mentors came in throughout the second day, to help participants furnish their startup idea. Resource person having expertise in human trafficking came in for the mentoring session.
Present & Select
|1||Breakfast Served at the Cafeteria|
|2||Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)|
|5||Gut Check & Presentation Preparation|
|8||Judging and Awards|
|9||Wrap Up followed by Dinner|
Participants pitched their ideas to the judges on the final day. The 3 finalists who stood out in the evaluation criteria were:
|S.N||Name of the participants||Startup Ideas|
|1.||Kelly James||Banau – Girls who thrive|
|2.||Marcelo Santos||Connected NGOs united Team|
|3.||Casey Allred||Plaster the Brothel|
Banau is creating an online marketplace to sell handicrafts made from around the world. We will be partnering with Shakti and local schools to develop an apprenticeship program where girls learn the trade of making jewelry and weaving. Our mission is to create safe and sustainable opportunities for girls to thrive through education, community, and creativity.
Team Leader: Kelly James
Connected NGOs united’s idea is to build a platform for NGOs to share their data and cases with other NGOs across the border/s. This will give the NGOs ability to track cases in real time and on the field. This platform is also secured and scalable to other non-profits that wish to collaborate either on the trafficking source, like Nepal as well as the rescue site, like India.
The platform lets the NGOs build profiles of the victims, and track their status and stages, from the time they went missing until they are rescued by the authorities abroad and returned back to their homeland.
This platform will also enable analytics and reports that will drive strategy and business decisions for the management team, and provide data to present to potential donors. This platform allows integration of other tools and services like location trackers, SMS notifications and such, extending the platform as a single tool that all the NGOs can use to work together for fighting human trafficking.
Team Leader: Marcelo Santos
Plaster the Brothel are creating a simple sms based solution to help girls who are victims of trafficking to be saved. There will be posters in red light districts addressed to trafficked girls. Girls will be able to send a simple text message to hotline number and be saved.
Team Leader: Casey Allred
Currently Tshering is the Country Director for Childreach Nepal– a local charity works in partnership with local communities to help improve children’s access to healthcare, education, and child rights and protection in Nepal. He strongly believes in Public Private Partnership and practicing Evidence Based Practice to create new knowledge while making difference. He played one of the key roles in creating and implementing Idea Studio Nepal: a platform to encourage and empower entrepreneurs to solve social and economic issues faced by the country in joint initiative of UNICEF Nepal, Kathmandu University, Meeting Point and other private companies and TV channels and also Graduate Students Research Grant, supporting 20 graduate students towards their thesis and providing supervision. Furthermore, Tshering has been selected as a 2015 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Sumnima has extensive experience in child protection issues, child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of children, street children, trafficking in women and children, child participation and children in armed conflict. She has conducted and published various researches on the issues of child rights and child protection. She is also one of the pioneers of online child protection in Nepal. As an expert on child protection issues in Nepal, she is engaged in policy advocacy on child rights. As a founding member of CWIN-Nepal, Sumnima has been working passionately towards these causes for the past 27 years in various capacities within CWIN. She currently serves as an Executive Coordinator, overseeing overall management, supervision and monitoring of all programmes of CWIN-Nepal. Sumnima is a board member of ECPAT International representing South Asia, member of AATWIN (Alliance Against Trafficking in Women and Children) and core committee member of Women’s Network for Peace (Shanti Malika) and founder member of Women in Policy Advocacy Alliance (WlPAA).
Prior to joining CloudFactory, Mr Karmath held leadership positions at two of the top software outsourcing companies in Nepal after returning from the US where he lived with his family for over a decade. In the States he was an Engineering Contractor at Google Inc and also worked at eBay Inc. as Senior Manager of Internet Marketing Solutions. Karmath holds a degree in Bachelors of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Beside this he was startup co-founder of NextAction.net (now datalogix.com), a direct marketing company that provides a cooperative database for acquisition marketing to over 700 catalogs (competes with Abacus Direct, a division of DoubleClick).
Mr Anil has spent the past two decades working as a conservationist, environmental leader, and senior Ashoka fellow in Nepal. An engineer by training, Anil pursued graduate work in energy planning at the University of Pennsylvania and then joined the Kathmandu municipality. His projects and organizations have received numerous awards and grants, and he is presently working to scale his work on a solar lighting system for rural villages in Nepal. He was also part of the team that implemented the National Conservation Strategy for Nepal, preserving its globally unique natural endowment. He is recipient of the prestigieus Ashoka Fellowship, the Rolex award and the Silicon Valley Tech Award. In 1993 he was recognized as one amongst 100 “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum in Davos.