In today’s technology-driven world, it is increasingly common for people to find and access job opportunities through digital platforms like LinkedIn. In many ways, this is beneficial and helps both employers and potential hires to find one another efficiently. But where does that leave people who have little access to digital platforms, or who don’t have the training to use them? For many, especially those living in low-income neighborhoods, access and information isn’t the only challenge. Through their work in Argentina, Agustina Jait and Santiago (Santi) Figueroa found that many people are often discriminated against on paper because of details on their resume (their home address, for example). In creating Tu Video CV Online, Agustina and Santi are working to remove these barriers and improve access to jobs.
Daniela Gheorghe has a bold vision: help 1 million low-income children catch up to their reading and math grade levels in the next 5 years. As the co-founder of vChalk, a Bengaluru-based social enterprise that is scaling remedial education across India, she just might do it.
Rodrigo Dearmas is the co-founder of UYRobot, a Uruguay-based organization that uses open source robots and free software to provide elementary school education in robotics and computer science. Having spun-off from a university-level program, UYRobot’s aim is to make learning opportunities in robotics as inexpensive and accessible as possible, piquing interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from an early age. By bringing robots and software into the classroom, children aged ten and older learn to code and gain a hands-on appreciation for the world of technology.
David Shields is the co-founder of GEM Project, an organization based in South Africa that uses a mobile payments platform to reward volunteer service in local communities. Through an easy-to-use mobile interface or USSD technology, users can browse local opportunities, and sign-up to volunteer, all with just a few clicks on their mobile phone. In return for their service, volunteers earn “GEMs,” a currency of rewards points equivalent to one South African rand, which can be used to buy goods and services ranging from movie tickets to electricity bills.