Innovation is always critical in solving problems. We believe this theory also applies to social issues! Meanwhile, social issues in different Asian cities are indeed quite similar, which provides a common ground for us to discuss the solution together.
The Asia Social Innovation Award is thus created as the first step to enhance creativity and stimulate the development of social entrepreneurship in ASIA.
You can also be a change-maker!About the Award Calling for Applications »
We believe that the urban social challenges in many Asian cities are quite alike, these pressing problems need to be solved immediately, and whenever the traditional model does not satisfy the needs of the society, innovations are demanded.
"Social Enterprise" has become a hot topic in recent years. However people tend to focus their discussion on the entity itself, instead of the more powerful concept behind that leads to ultimate social change - "Social Innovation", which is also relatively weak in Asia, creating a big barrier for social entrepreneurship to groom in the region.
However, from a worldwide perspective, social enterprises have undeniably brought great positive impact worldwide. For instance, social enterprise accounts for 1% of the GDP in UK. In fact, social enterprises contribute tremendously in creating a culture of social innovation among communities.
In order to promote the culture of social innovation and enrich people’s knowledge on social issues, and to build a platform to encourage the sharing of ideas and experience among Asian cities, the Asia Social Innovation Award has been born since 2008, hoping to pathway for a sustainable development of social innovation culture in the region.
The Award will be the first innovative social enterprise event in Asia to apply a simple and easy mechanism to engage the general public to participate in the discussion, and to deliver positive and concrete innovative solutions to tackle these problems.
We hope that this simple idea-generating competition calling for level-zero social innovation ideas will be able to attract the general public to take part.
So, it's now time for us to brainstorm some creative ideas, and you too can bring about a social revolution. Make use of your imagination, and change might be initiated by you in the society!
Please pick one of the following social agenda, and propose an innovative social enterprise concept using 200-500 words. You may also submit your idea in a video format.
According to United Nation’s report, the number of people aged 65 and above in Asia is expected to grow from 206 million in 2000 to 857 million in 2050, which will then account for 18% of the total population. The problem may come rapid and even occur at the stage of early economic development. This is foreseen to pose a great challenge on the healthcare and social welfare system. However, at the same time, an increase in number of elderlies will also expand the seniors market, creating loads of business opportunities. These opportunities do not only refer to the traditional healthcare products, like walking stick or wheelchair, but also entertainment tailor-made for elderlies.
What innovative ideas can you come up with to cater the needs of the elderlies in a sustainable way?Submit Your Idea on Aging Population Now »
Although most Asian countries are making an effort to combat poverty, it still remains as a serious problem. Referencing World Bank’s statistics in 2010, near 700 million living with income under USD$1.25 a day. Besides extreme poor, other forms of poverty emerge, such as working poor in developed cities. They all encounter difficulties in making their ends meet, including but not limited to food, nutrition, education and housing. To make matter worse, poverty is usually generational. Poor parents cannot afford a sound environment with education to their offspring, which make them only capable of working in low-income position in the future, leading to a vicious circle.
What can we do to improve the lives of the underprivileged and enhance their quality of life in a sustainable and creative way?Submit Your Idea on Poverty Now »
Most Asian cities are in their industrial development stage, creating different kinds of pollution and environmental problems. Besides, consumerism arises in more developed Asian cities, and consequently creates huge amount of waste. Do you have any innovative ideas for us to achieve sustainable development in environmental aspect?Submit Your Idea on Environment Now »
The problem of hidden youth is particularly prominent in developed regions in Asia, namely, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It is foreseen that similar problem will also occur in other regions of Asia as the technology advances. On individual level, hidden youth usually have problems in fulfilling their social needs, which hence increase their chances of having mental illnesses. On society level, having hidden youth leads to a loss in productivity. Thus, we cannot let the situation persist. However, unlike other social issues, which can be easily identified, hidden youth are nearly impossible to spot; and even help is offered, they may be reluctant to accept.
How can you motivate the hidden youth to return back to society or help them to improve their living environment?Submit Your Idea on Hidden Youth Now »
Criteria include originality, viability and sustainability of idea. Apart from imaginative and innovative ideas or concept, existing ideas are also welcomed.
Founder, Canmeng International Inc.& Ripplemaker Foundation
Chief Investment Officer, TTG Wealth Management
Managing Partner, McKinsey & Co. Hong Kong
Head of Global Philanthropy, Asia Pacific, J.P. Morgan
MNC Marketing Director, Marketing Columnist
Beginning: Mid - July (exact time to be confirmed)
Deadline: 23:59 on 6th September 2014 (Saturday) (Hong Kong Time)
1 List of qualified Asian countries/cities, subject to the addition or removal of countries at the sole discretion of SVhk:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.
The winning ideas from Other Asian Cities will be posted in Mid-October, and the winners will be notified individually.
The Award Presentation Ceremony for "Hong Kong" and "Other Asian Cities" will be held in Early-November.
With the support of corporate partners and other SE-related organizations, Social Ventures Hong Kong would like to further expand the event, by inviting ASIA2012’s finalists and winners to join the House of Social Innovators.
Formed under the collaboration of various SE-competitions, together with alumnus of these competitions, HoSI is a platform that will provide on-going support to passionate social entrepreneurs to transform social innovative ideas to sustainable social enterprise and to nurture investment-ready social enterprises and bring it to the marketplace.
For each application, you only need to suggest an idea that addresses one of the social issues. You can at most submit 3 separate applications, each of them tackling one of the given problems.
Applicants are only allowed to type out their idea or upload their video to YouTube and submit their application online. Please email us if you experience any difficulties submitting your idea online.
Whilst you can participate in the Award as a team, if you are residing outside of Hong Kong and in the event that your idea is chosen as a winning idea, SVhk will only provide return air tickets and accommodation for one member within your team. Of course other members can join the award presentation ceremony held in Hong Kong at their own cost.
The judging panel will only judge those ideas that are in English or Chinese. If you unable to fulfill this requirement, please consult the organization you belong to, and see if they will be able to translate the main theme of your idea into the appropriate language.
Being one of the social entrepreneurship intermediates in Hong Kong, Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk), has dedicated itself in promoting this concept through practicing venture philanthropy in supporting social innovation projects. At the same time, SVHK will promote social entrepreneurship by providing training, consultancy and organize promotion events in various sectors.
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