Scottish entrepreneurs and technology experts join together with Unicef to discuss how they can help the world’s most marginalised children

Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, with support from Entrepreneurial Scotland and Informatic Ventures, today hosted ‘Innovation for Every Child: Scotland Reimagines the Future’ at the Informatics Ventures in Edinburgh.

Sharad Sapra, Global Director of UNICEF Innovation and Chris van der Kuyl, Chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland and Chair of Informatics Ventures Advisory Board, led a discussion around how the Scottish technology sector can play a leading role in developing innovative solutions to help children around the world. 

Speaking about the potential the Scottish technology and business sector has to support Unicef's work, Sharad Sapra said “Unicef must continue to be at the forefront of innovation if we are to continue pushing the boundaries of our work protecting children around the world. Innovations using mobile technology to register births, sharing real-time data to improve education and health, and giving young people a way to connect with their governments are already changing the way we work but there is much more to do.”

“We need more innovations urgently and hopefully this event today will facilitate our aims in  building relationships with the internationally recognised  Scottish technology sector to help innovate for impact in our work for children around the world.”

Chris van der Kuyl, Chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland and Chair of Informatics Ventures Advisory Board, said "Understanding technology, being innovative and having an entrepreneurial mindset are crucial assets for young people to help them succeed wherever they are in the world. Entrepreneurial Scotland is working towards making Scotland the most entrepreneurial society in the world and one way of progressing this is to share the amazing knowledge and expertise we have globally.

“The opportunity to work with Unicef on such an important agenda with leaders and technology experts from Scotland has the potential to improve the lives of children all over the world and empower young people to engage more with key issues such as education and health and over time strengthen their economies and societies."

UNICEF Innovation works to develop, identify and scale up innovative ideas that improve children’s lives around the world. By bringing together entrepreneurs, experts and corporate leaders from the growing technology, business and innovation sectors in Scotland, Unicef hopes to start conversations that can spark collaborations and future solutions to keep the world’s most vulnerable children safe.  

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For more information please contact Lilly Carlisle lillyc@unicef.org.uk, 0207 375 6212

About Unicef

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. 

Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.  As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit unicef.org.uk

UNICEF Innovation is an interdisciplinary team of individuals around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling technologies and practices that strengthen Unicef’s work. We build and scale innovations that improve children’s lives around the world. For more information about Unicef’s work in innovation, visit: http://www.unicef.org/innovation