"15 minutes of fame" - Highlight of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

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A highlight of each of the three days of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum will be the presentation by young "leaders" of their paths and innovative initiatives. They will be invited to present their projects, their achievements and their merits through a brief account, to be followed by a discussion with the audience facilitated by a moderator.

The following young "leaders" and their initiatives will be in the spotlight during the Forum:

Day One, Tuesday 29 October 2013
1.15 p.m. – 2.15 p.m., Salle des pas perdus

Discover the locations of 981 UNESCO World Heritage sites and locate all the treasures recorded on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. “A geography app for iphone and iPad with a selection of themed globes with over 200,000 places that users can discover and explore. Atlas is not only a great tool for individuals, but can also be used in a group environment, such as classrooms. Each map is displayed as a globe and users can rotate around it and zoom into the areas they wish to learn more about.”

Born Nicholas D’Aloisio-Montilla, Nick D'Aloisio is a very young British-born Australian entrepreneur. A computer programmer, he has been recognized as the youngest person to receive a round of venture capital at just 15 years of age. As of March 2013, he sold his Summly application, designed to summarize texts using an algorithm, to Yahoo for $30 million making him one of the youngest self-made millionaires ever.

On behalf of Appleseeds Academy, Said Elime will present, tohether with Samia Hathroub, the MyTech project, which is being applied in the conflict-ridden context of the Middle East. MyTech, which stands for Mediterranean Youth Technology Club, uses readily-accessible video-conferencing Internet platforms to initiate contact, dialogue and interaction among young people of varied cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds in the Mediterranean region. A former student at Appleseeds’ technological youth movement, Neta@, Said has become an instructor at the organization and leads one of the MyTech groups. In this role, he has trained young Arabs and Jews in particular in information technologies to enable them to start a dialogue and interaction among different ethnic or religious groups. Samia is the European representative and coordinator for the American foundation for ethnic understanding founded by Russel Simmons and has been working in the Middle-East as Yala project manager, closely involved in the regional movement to promote peace, better coexistence and human rights.

Naadiya Moosajee is a South African entrepreneur with a passion for youth development. She is a civil engineer and co-founder and CEO of SAWomEng (South African Women in Engineering), an organization which develops the next generation of engineering leaders in South Africa and Kenya. She is a board member of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) which works on youth skills development, leadership and entrepreneurship throughout the world, and of Pegasys Strategy and Development and Frost & Sullivan Growth Innovation Leadership Institute. She works as a coach for young people at the start of their work journey and recently launched a new fair-trade fashion company. Her many accolades include being a YouthActionNet Global Fellow, an African Leadership Network fellow and “Most Influential Woman” in South Africa.

Day Two, Wednesday 30 October 2013
1.15 p.m. – 2.15 p.m., Salle des pas perdus

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a contest that challenges students worldwide to develop new ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry, with the chance to win 30,000 EUR and to shape the future of aviation. A member of the winning team of the first Fly Your Ideas competition in 2009, Benjamin Lindenberger works for Airbus Engineering in materials and processes. He completed his aeronautical engineering degree at the University of Stuttgart and specialized in composite materials for aeronautics and aerospace applications. He performed design and structure analysis for the small satellite “Flying Laptop” of the Institute of Space Systems (IRS, based in Stuttgart). Benjamin worked in an Australian research team on the development of a natural fibre reinforced plastic 100% based on the castor plant, a project rewarded with the first prize in the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Challenge 2008/2009.

Martha Chumo, a 19-year-old programmer from Kenya, taught herself everything she knows. She had been accepted at the Hacker School, a United States-based retreat for programmers, but in the end could not attend. Martha remained passionate about knowledge and decided to start her own “Hacker School” in Kenya: she has already raised $15,000 of the $50,000 she needs, which gives her an excellent start on achieving her dream of establishing a school for programmers! The talk will focus on her experiences as a young woman wanting to join the technology industry in Africa. She will draw on experiences from her year of self-teaching and from setting up her programming school, the Nairobi Dev School.

Ines Gaïsset is a 24-year-old female entrepreneur in the clean tech industry. She started her company, Seat-e, after graduating from the MIT School of Engineering with a Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has also studied architecture and is interested in design innovation for renewable energies such as solar. She is currently developing, along with Nan Zhao and Sandra Richter, a smart solar seat that produces and distributes energy in the city. Seat-e’s objective is to allow free access to small quantities of renewable energy. This project won the international Kairos50 competition in 2012 and the prototype has been displayed at the New York Stock Exchange. She was selected to present the second prototype at the World Innovation Forum in New York in June 2013 and to be part of their Smart Cities panel with USA mayors.

Rónán Ó Dálaigh is 22 years of age and is from Dublin. He is currently in his final year of a Business degree at Dublin City University (DCU) and is an active member of his university’s student’s union. He has also represented DCU at international social enterprise competitions. In November he will be presented with the Irish President’s Youth Medal, Gaisce, for community involvement and achievements in personal development. His main area of interest is social enterprise development. He has recently founded a new social enterprise which is aiming to have an impact on the social, economic and environmental dynamic in Ireland and abroad.

Day Three, Thursday 31 October 2013
1.15 p.m. – 2.15 p.m., Salle des pas perdus

Émilie Gomis (1m78), born in Ziguinchor, Senegal, is a French basketball player playing in the shooting guard or wing position. An established member of the French women’s team, she won the 2009 European title. With the French team she won a bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2011, and was chosen for the 2012 Olympic team. In the group match against Australia, she scored 22 points and contributed greatly to the French victory. In 2013 she was part of the silver-medal-winning French team at the European championship held in France.
Edwige Lawson-Wade (1m 67), born in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine), is a French basketball player playing in the point guard position. She has won three international medals with the French team, the silver at the 1999 European championships, the gold at the 2001 European championship held in France, and the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. She also holds three Euroleague titles, two with the Valenciennes club in 2002 and 2004, and one with Samara in 2005.

Rizki Nugraha Hamim Penna is a social entrepreneur focusing on the development of small-medium businesses in rural areas in Indonesia. He has more than 5 years of experience in social entrepreneurship in Indonesia, including co-founding and managing Satoe Indonesia, a student initiative turned into a non-profit foundation. The foundation also acts as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project consultant, which to date has several clients including Carrefour Indonesia and HSBC Indonesia. Rizki will share about the “Rumah Pintar” or Smart House programme of Satoe Indonesia which is developed to solve issues related to education, economy and productivity in Indonesia.

These young UNESCO Heralds will talk about the UNESCO Youth Platform established by the Slovene National Commission for UNESCO and the Ypsilon Institute with the aim of encouraging young people to move beyond the status quo and to think actively about both local and global issues. In the first year of the Platform, 12 excellent students from different Slovene regions were awarded the title of a UNESCO Herald. Through the Platform, the Heralds have established different communication channels that make it possible for all kinds of information related to UNESCO to reach the youth and educational workers, via Internet, social networks, or the Platform’s newsletter.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 29.10.2013 12:15 local time
End 31.10.2013 13:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Goucha, Moufida
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Ms Moufida Goucha, UNESCO Youth Team Leader; +33 (0)1 45 68 45 52; youth@unesco.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 125 avenue de Suffren
Room Salle Pas Perdus
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 600
Official Website Special Events of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum
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