'Wearables for Good' design challenge launched today in collaboration with frog
LONDON/NEW YORK, 19 May 2015 - UNICEF and ARM have announced a multi-year partnership to accelerate the development of new technologies to overcome the barriers that prevent millions of families from accessing basic health, education and support services. The partnership's first action is to collaborate with global product strategy and design firm frog on a 'Wearables for Good' challenge to generate ideas for new and innovative devices that tackle maternal and child health needs in emerging economies.
The partnership will focus on enabling UNICEF to provide faster and more comprehensive help to children coping with the effects of mass urbanization and increased social and economic divides. Together, UNICEF and ARM will use their influence to encourage the tech sector to innovate for impact.
Initial deliverables in the multi-year partnership include:
"We need to innovate with social purpose in order to overcome the barriers of time, distance and lack of information that prevent millions of children from surviving and realizing their potential," said Erica Kochi, Co-lead, UNICEF Innovation. "By working together with ARM we improve our ability to develop new technologies that impact children and help them grow up healthy, educated and able to positively contribute to their families, communities and wider economies."
"Technology should be used to create opportunity for all; improving child health, education and prospects, and access to it should not be governed by economic status or geography," said Simon Segars, CEO, ARM. "We have spent 25 years enabling life-changing technologies and together with UNICEF's innovation experts we believe this partnership can deliver a positive social impact for children all-around the world."
Today's partnership announcement has evolved from a growing understanding between UNICEF and ARM that technology can have a defining impact on children's lives. With that shared view, UNICEF and ARM aim to drive sector-wide change, creating an ecosystem of technology companies that explore the potential social impact of new technologies they develop.
See a short video interview with Simon Segars, ARM CEO and Erica Kochi, Co-lead, UNICEF Innovation on ARMFlix.
'Wearables for Good' design challenge
The launch of the 'Wearables for Good' design challenge with frog signifies the commencement of UNICEF and ARM's partnership. The competition panel will assess the entries on several levels including product and service design that disrupts or improves the status quo, sustainability of technology and potential impact at scale.
Entrants will be guided by the 'Use Case Handbook' created by UNICEF and frog. The handbook outlines the challenges that need to be addressed, as well as considerations, context and principles for good design.
Two winners will be selected at the end of the design challenge. Each winner will receive $15,000 funding alongside incubation and mentorship support from ARM and frog.
"Today, wearable technologies are primarily focused on applications such as fitness and the quantified self," said Denise Gershbein, Executive Creative Director at frog. "However, there are countless opportunities for wearable and sensor technology to make more of an impact in emerging markets, particularly in the next wave of social impact development. With the 'Wearables for Good' challenge we hope to foster dialogue among new partners and increase cross-discipline innovation."
The 'Wearables for Good' design challenge goes live today, May 19, 2015, and entry details can be found at http://wearablesforgood.com.
Notes to Editors
UNICEF and ARM each have a history of developing technology-based solutions that improve social good, including:
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