The first edition of FutureU, the social innovation challenge initiated by Arkki in Vietnam, recently ended. Children presented the solutions they had designed for children’s real-world problems. In total 42 teams from 4 cities participated. 15 of the solutions reached the product testing round, 5 teams were invited to pitch at TECHFEST 2020 and 2 teams managed to commercialize their product.
Future U engages students in addressing real-world challenges and nurtures their innovation & 21st-century skills.
The project involves students in initiating and leading real projects addressing social challenges from zero to commercialization. Children build an entrepreneurial mindset and develop innovations skills. The program fosters social responsibility and cultural awareness while developing self-esteem and lifelong learning skills.
Tackling environmental, mental health, and sexual harassment problems among others
One of the projects that made it to the commercialization phase was the book “Trash Monster Disappear”. It aims to educate children on environmental issues.
“I had many exciting experiences and met great people. Let’s be a CHANGEMAKER, let’s dare to think and take action, dare to dream, and make changes! Duong Quynh Huong, P.O.P Team Leader. Grade 9, Dinh Thien Ly Secondary & Highschool FutureU 2020 Alumni
One innovation that received content and promotion support from UNICEF Vietnam and local experts was a mobile game educating children on sexual harassment and its prevention. Now it is in the testing phase to improve the user interface with teachers and students.
A group of students found that it was time to address mental health awareness from a different perspective. They designed Art therapy workshops to build mental health awareness among students. The project continues in its testing phase with users and is being mentored by mental health experts.
“We learned to communicate more effectively, present our ideas and get along with different personalities. It’s such a real experience working in real-life situations that none of my teammates have had before.” Nguyen Cao Nhan P.O.P Team (Grade 9)
Future U 2021 registration is open
The registration will be open until October 25th in this link https://en.futureu.asia/
More information about Arkki social innovations here
FUTURE-U 2020 in Numbers:
» 42 Teams from 4 Cities
» 20+ Fieldtrips
» 300+ Interviews
» 4000+ Survey Results
5 Teams reaching the final phase:
» US $6,500 crowd-funded
» 15+ product testing rounds
» 5 teams invited to pitch at TECHFEST 2020
» 2 teams with commercialized products