NEW YORK, United States of America, 21 October 2013 – What if vaccines could tell us their exact location and temperature in real time as they are transported along the cold chain? What if aid agencies could use a virtual marketplace to let beneficiaries determine which emergency supplies and services they need most? How can we use SMS and Twitter to map threats to children and track the delivery of aid to communities in crisis? Can indelible ink be used to help deter gender-based violence and identify perpetrators?
These were some of the concepts discussed when UNICEF brought together humanitarian field staff, partner agencies and technology and design experts to brainstorm on innovation for children in humanitarian action.
The ‘lab’ was not a laboratory in the traditional sense, but rather a space for colleagues to collaborate face-to-face and with open minds in working towards new solutions in humanitarian action.