18.11.2016 - UNESCO Montevideo Office

The 2nd edition of COMPROMETIDOS has finished

The 5 winners of the second version of the contest Estamos Comprometidos were selected. This is the main initiative that UNESCO has been leading in its Youth program, along with Ashoka Argentina, Koga Impact Lab y Socialab

"Comprometidos" (Committed) seeks to encourage creative and innovative ventures that contribute to sustainable development, led by young people from Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

During the year, about 800 young people participated, presenting 386 proposals. A jury preselected 40 of them which received a special virtual and face-to-face accompaniment for a month.

Of those, 12 teams were chosen for the final of the contest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from the 7 to the 13 of November. These young people participated in a week of acceleration, where they received personalized training, exchanged experiences with other entrepreneurs, and had the opportunity to present their initiatives during the International Festival of Social Innovation (FIIS).

On Sunday the 13th, the final was held where a panel of experts selected the winning projects that received a seed capital of USD 2,000 each, to carry out their projects that seek to contribute to the progress of the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDG).

The winners were:

1) Kimkelen (Chile): virtual platform and digital to sell things produced inside prisons. "It solves the serious problem of lack of real opportunities for reintegration of prisoners into society, and the lack of use of the time they spend in prisons". Related SDG: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

2) Recycle me (Paraguay): mobile application that uses the collaborative economy to encourage recycling in their country. "We are worried about the large amount of recyclable garbage and technological waste generated day by day and the almost null use of it". Related SDG: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

3) Cine AD VOD (Argentina): producer that creates audiovisual contents adapted for blind and deaf people. "We want to solve access to adapted contents, that blind and deaf people should not spend hours looking for them, but that we can provide them with a space to find them and make all the material accessible". Related SDG: Reduced Inequalities.

4) Public Space (Uruguay): video game that seeks to raise awareness among young people about the rejection of street harassment against women. "We believe in the opportunity to create a genuine social impact by developing a communication tool that sensitizes and raise awareness, through an interactive medium that helps put us on the feet of the victims". Related SDG: Gender Equality.

5) Mushi (Argentina): insect-based food product that improves healthy habits and reduces the environmental impact on food production. "To provide nutritional, innovative and sustainable alternatives". Related SDG: Responsible Consumption and Production

Estamos Comprometidos was supported, in the four countries, by youth secretariats, universities, private companies, and a broad platform of civil society organizations.

Comprometidos represents, for the second consecutive year, an instance of support and visibility of innovative and creative youth proposals that contribute to sustainable development, social inclusion and strengthening the leading role of young people as leaders of change.

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