The top 8 innovations looking to impact social justice

On 3rd May 2019, an inspiring 5-day Design Workshop ended with a Grand Finale announcing the top 8 winning innovation concepts to an audience of social innovators and activists from across the globe.

Social Innovation Challenge 2019 CSA - Illustration by Arnaud Bilande
Illustration by Arnaud Bilande

Moderated by our favorite design thinker Moritz Gekeler, the event went smoothly despite a few technical imperfections. Even though there was a little more nervousness in the air, the audience seemed to truly enjoy the intimate space and surprising moments when Adrien and Arnaud from team Zero Injustice and Jackie from team Activist's Best Friend came on stage to perform a spontaneous rap.

The message was very clear: Zero injustice doesn’t mean zero fun. And for those who followed us, commented in our Innovation Forum and watched the event live on Facebook:

Thank you so much for the awesome support!

Here are the top 8 social innovations 🏆

Uganda's Community Voices (Jonathan Tusubira)

Watch: Innovation Pitch - Uganda's Community Voices

Uganda's Community Voices support up-country FM radios to affordably cover hyper-local (Human Interest) stories from villages and had to reach areas using Media Literacy approaches and open source ICT tools. The idea is based on the watchdog role the media plays as the fourth estate and the positive correlation between freedom of expression and higher incomes, lower infant mortality and increased adult literacy which are key anchors in poverty alleviation. The platform will also help radios increase accountability in local service delivery while also empowering newsrooms to accommodate diverse views.


ReGrow (Tiffany Tong and Sonika Manandhar)

Watch: Innovation Pitch - ReGrow

ReGrow is an SMS platform using digital tokens to channel impact investments into fueling the growth of women-owned agriculture micro-enterprises. Digital tokens are a flexible form of shop credit that can only be spent at pre-approved vendors. ReGrow helps solve the problem of trust between funders and borrowers. Funders can trust that the loans will be spent on business expenses and borrowers without collateral or credit history can access affordable finance.


Family Strengthening Toolkit (Esther John)