The “Social Innovation Village” at Web Summit 2018 was a 90-person delegation with an exhibition of 24 social innovation projects and various inspiring events, to pledge for “More Social Good in Tech, More Tech in Social Good”.
The Social Innovation Village, the place tech and social innovation will join forces at Web Summit 2018, is a collective non profit initiative created by the European association Social Good Accelerator, to advocate for better acknowledgement and acceleration of Social innovation within the European innovation framework. The idea was born at Web Summit 2016, and had its first step last year alongside François Hollande as Chairman of the Fondation la France s’engage during Web Summit 2017.
The Social Innovation Village takes place within the Web Summit with 24 exhibiting projects – 8 per day with diverse status: non profits, foundations, universities, CSR R&D…all centered around a core partner booth.
These projects prove that tech can adapt to general concerns and tackle issues like improving citizenship, environment, or social issues.
Several are R&D funded by H2020 program, while others are startups or associations undertaking social issues such as caring for the homeless, water sanitation or youth employment thanks to tech or non-tech solutions. Every project could see their impact accelerated with tech partnerships.
Today the Silicon Valley model is more than called into question: humanly alienating, little respect for individual freedoms, beneficial to a small number at the expense of the largest, destroyer of natural resources and too greedy in energy. There is no lack of criticism.
On the oether hand, the social good sector is an important driver for inclusive growth and democracy in Europe, which tackles multiple challenges, but is late on its digital transition.
How can we imagine an alternative and democratic model integrating States, companies, the third sector and civil society? What needs to be reinvented to reconnect with humanity’s priorities?
To get a relevant overview on these matters, the Social Good Accelerator launched a study in 3 European countries to find out more about how social good and tech actor can better collaborate.
This study will be the base of a whitebook addressed to the candidates of the European Commission taking place in 2019.