Social Innovation Camp (SICamp) was held on September 18-19, 2010 in Baku, Azerbaijan. This was the first SICamp in Azerbaijan.
Social Innovation Camp is about solving social challenges in new ways - by bringing together ideas and digital tools to create web-based innovations in just 48 hours. This Social Innovation Camp gathered participants from different professions - designers, social entrepreneurs, web developers, marketing, legal, advertising, social needs experts and other specialists from Baku and regions of Azerbaijan to work on an idea of a potential social start-up that can make a change and compete for a prize. Camp finished with a competition to decide on a winning project, which received further start-up support.
Participation were in 2 forms:
1. People who have ideas. They submitted their ideas using online form for this purpose. There are some idea submission questions to explain their ideas. Idea can be “private” (we will not share these ideas with anyone) or “public” (we will post it online for comments);
2. People who helped to develop these ideas. They submitted their application form and got involved. These people were really important. We needed the help of a huge range of people – from software developers through to business experts, from digital media lawyers to people with expertise in the problems we’re trying to solve - to help make the selected ideas a reality. People also volunteered to come along for SICamp, they told us what they were interested in and what their skills are (geek, social innovator, entrepreneur and etc.) and we helped them to get benefits from SICamp.
Registration for participation in both forms are closed.
From the ideas sent to us, our judges chose the ideas which they thought hold the greatest potential to create social change and benefit most from coming to the Social Innovation Camp. All selected ideas are published online. Through unusual, creative events we brought together talented software developers and designers with social innovators to build effective web-based solutions to real social problems.