May 10, 2020: This year’s social innovation camp, ‘Miyaheli’ concluded last night, with top five winners announced at an awards ceremony streamed live. This first virtual Miyaheli held in response to the COVID-19 pandemic brought together over 70 participants from all across the Maldives, who were guided by mentors to create innovative ideas to aid the nation in its response and recovery efforts during the time of the crisis.
Five winning ideas were selected out of proposed 11 ideas, after evaluation by a panel of five judges;
· Visnun Thari – proposes a local, relevant and educational YouTube channel to engage children in a meaningful way to learn and try new things with their family, while social and physical distancing.
· Pari Help – proposes a silent solution to alert police to save people from abuse and harassment.
· Holhuashi – proposes a public chat room for people to visit, premised around the concept of an island’s holhuashi.
· Binheyo – a concept to provide people with equipment and expertise to farm from the comfort of their own homes and connect farmers to livelihoods opportunities.
· Ehee – proposes to make a website that allows public to easily access doctors from the comfort of their homes during COVID-19 lockdown.
The winning ideas will receive seed funding and mentorship in accordance with their proposed budget and requirements, to refine and bring the ideas to life.
Ooredoo Maldives and UNDP Maldives teamed up with Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment and the National Youth Council in this 5th cycle of the series, which was held entirely online from May 7-9, 2020. The awards ceremony was presided by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Ahmed Mahloof, CEO of Ooredoo Maldives, Najib Khan and UNDP Maldives Resident Representative Akiko Fujii.