Winning Projects 2014: Create your Culture!

  • Winner

    Online Model United Nations

    O-MUN
    Online Model United Nations or simply O-MUN is a non-profit organization run by young people from all over the world.  O-MUN has become the online branch of THIMUN, The Hague International Model United Nations, one of the most prestigious MUN conferences. In a world where freedom of speech and expression are still being curbed in so many countries, O-MUN serves as an outlet for young people to express their views about international issues and discuss possible solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, all in an online environment. Most work in O-MUN is done by youth. The executive...
  • Winner

    CityBugs

    CityBugs
    CityBugs is a social platform targeting young people aged 18-30 developed to raise awareness of and find solutions for critical issues in the local community. Using the slogan “Let’s make our city a better place to live” and a participatory approach, every citizen is invited to take responsibility for change by reporting the “bug” in their community and tracking solutions to reported problems. The “bugs” are filtered according to their thematic affiliation and reported to the Mayor’s office for solutions. A two-way communication design allows users to contact local authorities and to...
  • Winner

    Minkay

    Minkay
    With an unemployment rate of 9.7% (WBO, 2013) and a GINI coefficient of 0.587 (CIA, 2014), Colombia is an excellent place to start Minkay, a favour-swapping platform targeting underserved communities, starting with low-income communities and expanding after the public launch to college students and young professionals.  The pilot program uses an online forum and SMS text messaging for community members to exchange services with the alternative currency “time.” Redefining wealth and social welfare – Minkay emphasizes that everyone has something to offer and that an empowered community can...
  • Runner-Up

    National Student Network

    National Student Network
    National Student Network is an online platform that empowers youth across Canada to become responsible and driven leaders of positive social change. The project combines a database of youth-relevant opportunities, a diversified network of qualified mentors that engage students through online consultation, collaboration or mentorship and a platform where students can share their ideas and insights.
  • Runner-Up

    BogotArt

    BogotArt
    BogotArt combines website and urban actions to promote a more democratic art world by engaging at-risk young adults in cultural endeavors. The project reintegrates youth from vulnerable groups by providing them with a professional art education, connecting them to employment opportunities in creative industries, and offering a means of self-expression that detaches them from their difficult environments.