AID:Tech are delighted to announce that we have been selected as a semi-finalist in the European Commission’s Social Innovation Competition 2016. This year’s competition is entitled ‘Integrated Futures’ and focuses on innovations in products, technologies, services and models that can support the integration of refugees and migrants to Europe.
Of the 1095 entries received, 30 ideas were selected as semi-finalists of the competition. The selected projects reflect the great diversity of solutions which were sourced from 36 countries altogether. They provide responses to the needs of migrants and improvements to integration schemes, in fields such as skills development, entrepreneurship, access to the labour market, housing or health services.
Of the company’s second award nomination in a week, AID:Tech CEO Joseph Thompson said,
“We are thrilled to be nominated as a semi-finalist in such a prestigious competition. Europe needs some big thinking to help us integrate all the new arrivals now, and in the future. We are convinced that technology can play a huge part in this and believe that our platform can play a central role”.
Well know international economist Professor Constantin Gurdgiev, who has been working with AID:Tech as a special advisor believes that technology can help transform Europe’s economy as well as the lives of its inhabitants, he said
“With the influx of migrants into Europe, it is essential that they are included in our economies as soon as they arrive, this means providing them with things like digital identities and the ability to conduct commerce”.
Professer Gurdgiev also added,
“This will not only stimulate our economies in a positive way but will also enable social inclusion and integration which will result in an even stronger Europe in the future”.