UNICEF’s “Hope Page” Mines Cryptocurrency Through Visitors’ Computers

UNICEF Australia is using Coinhive — a crypto-mining service — to extract cryptocurrency through visitors’ computers and fund its ongoing mission in Bangladesh. The UN branch has long worked to provide humanitarian relief for both children and their mothers in developing nations. The organization has now created what representatives call the “Hope Page,” which allows users to donate through cryptocurrency. Read more.

Call for Application for UNICEF Innovation Investment Fund

 

UNICEF Innovation is running an investment fund that currently has an open call for blockchain start-ups.

UNICEF Innovation is seeking open-source blockchain projects (or willing to be open-source) with an existing prototype that has started in one of UNICEF’s programme countriesUp to $90,000 of equity-free seed investment from UNICEF’s Innovation Fund is available for companies that can show a strong founding team and a clear path to improving humanity.

This link defines the areas UNICEF Innovation is particularly interested in investing in, together with the selection criteria and additional non-monetary benefits they provide. It would be very helpful if you could forward this information to start-ups and colleagues within your network that may be interested in this opportunity and help us spread the word.

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If you have any question in this regard, please contact Mr. Qusai Jouda qjouda@unicef.org

 

UNICEF to present ‘Donercoin’ at London Blockchain Week 2017

UNICEF to present ‘Donercoin’ at London Blockchain Week 2017
09 JAN 2017  EconoTimes

 ‘Blockchain Week London’ will take place from 20th to 26th January 2017 that will kick off with a ‘Blockchain Hackathon’. The event will see an eclectic mix of speakers from the blockchain community including representatives from UNICEF, who will present Donercoin’, its blockchain solution to digitize donations and create transparency in global aid. Continue reading “UNICEF to present ‘Donercoin’ at London Blockchain Week 2017”

UNICEF makes venture capital investments in emerging market tech start-ups

UNICEF makes venture capital investments in emerging market tech start-ups
15 NOV 2016  UNICEF
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Innovators using a specialised computer

UNICEF today announces its first portfolio of investments in open source technology solutions including tools that improve connectivity, real time data collection, identity technology and learning.

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UNICEF Just Invested in its First Blockchain Startup

UNICEF Just Invested in its First Blockchain Startup
Stan Higgins (@mpmcsweeney)
15 Nov 2016  CoinDesk

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has invested in a South African blockchain startup as part of a broader technology innovation push.

UNICEF indicated in February that it was looking to fund projects focused on the tech through an innovation fund launched last year. At the time, UNICEF said it was looking at the areas of digital identity and remittances as possible areas of investment, and UNICEF later moved to hire a point person on blockchain. Continue reading “UNICEF Just Invested in its First Blockchain Startup”

Unicef is funding blockchain and health tech to solve the world’s biggest problems

Unicef is funding blockchain and health tech to solve the world’s biggest problems

Five startups will get a share of Unicef’s $9 million Innovation Fund

Matt Burgess
15 Nov 2016 WIRED

The United Nations has announced the first five startups to receive investment through its $9 million (£7.2m) innovation fund.

Unicef, the UN’s children’s charity, will be giving seed funding to companies working to create affordable mobile connectivity, blockchain in childhood development, data collection in maternal care, and technology to help improve literacy skills. Continue reading “Unicef is funding blockchain and health tech to solve the world’s biggest problems”

UN goes all in on blockchain, lists various initiatives

UN goes all in on blockchain, lists various initiatives
29 Sep 2016 EconoTimes

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has delved into the world of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies and believes that the technology could provide a more effective way of transferring and tracking funds and lead to a shift in its strategy in line with latest developments in this field.

“When it comes to UNDP’s emergency response in employment, we have a hunch that blockchain could provide a more effective way of transferring and tracking funds, and shifting our strategy in line with what is happening in the field- this is a work in progress though but one we’re excited about”, UNDP said. Continue reading “UN goes all in on blockchain, lists various initiatives”

UNICEF Welcomes its Fourth Investor to the Innovation Fund

UNICEF Welcomes its Fourth Investor to the Innovation Fund
19 July 2016  unicefstories

 

UNICEF will use this money to continue investing in new, open-source technologies that can advance the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

With recent contributions of EUR €1.5 million from the Government of Finland, the UNICEF Innovation Fund has now raised over USD $10.6 million to help invest in the creation of innovations that help children worldwide. Continue reading “UNICEF Welcomes its Fourth Investor to the Innovation Fund”