Humanitarian Innovation Project Collaborative

  • Online
  • For Certification
Starts the week of

April 6 - 10

Course ends on

May 29, 2015

Application Deadline

March 25, 2015

Passionate about Humanitarian Innovation? Are you…

  • Working on a project to aid those in conflict or disaster-affected communities?
  • Someone with a humanitarian innovation that needs help developing your project from idea to implementation?
  • Do you need a team of peers who will collaborate with you to build effective partnerships with the private sector, governments, donors, universities and other organizations to innovate your project?
  • Are you planning on scaling your project with an iterative approach?

Course Description

Convened by a former White House Senior Advisor responsible for leveraging emerging technologies to address national challenges such as Hurricane Sandy and an Australian Prosecutor working for the UN Advocacy Division International Crisis Group, this eight week collaborative convenes those working on projects that have the potential to tackle the pressing needs of people in conflict, post-conflict, or disaster-affected communities through the use of civic innovation tools. Projects might aim to tackle diverse issues from the protection of vulnerable populations to strengthening health initiatives to providing shelter, education, and livelihood opportunities. But they will share in common the application of open, bottom-up and collaborative approaches. Through peer-to-peer support and coaching, expert mentoring and hands-on advising, the goal of this program is to help humanitarian innovators implement, scale, and assess projects. Ideal teams or individuals are those who have a project already or close to underway and clear insight into the problem they are trying to ameliorate.

Course Format

1 faculty-led session every other week for 2 hours (one hour is with a guest expert and one hour is an all-group session); and a personalized schedule of peer-to-peer and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Course Duration: 8 weeks

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