What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?
Our greatest challenges are:
(i) Access to funding
(ii) Access to technical expertise for information technology, cell phone technology, and
(iii) HR talent that would facilitate organizational scale-up
Funding: We would reach out to organizational stakeholders with whom we see a win-win partnership emerging: (Google, Cellular Phone Networks, Mobile Phone companies, broadband ISPs, Social networks).
Technical Expertise: We will seek pro bono or subsidized ICT technology expertise from our strategic business partners. For legal advice, we have access, through our sister organization NAYA JEEVAN, to pro bono services by Weil & Gotschal, a renowned NYC-based law-firm.
How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?
We see that information technology enabled platforms will move towards a more democratic, human centered approach and design, with the launch of Web 3.0. These technologies will be more fully integrated into tools such as ours that will be used by the 4 Billion-strong BOP(base-of-pyramid) to better inform their business and social activities. Information flow will be more democratic, transparent and rapid, creating unprecedented social and financial value.
Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?
If our proposed solution fails to gain traction in next 2 years, we will solicit feedback from wide array of stakeholders to ascertain the reasons for this. Having better understood the market expectation, we would then re-design our product for a potential launch in the following three applications:
(i)Global Money Tracking: Transnational financial transactions are coming under increasing scrutiny both by government agencies to mitigate tax evasion, money laundering and terrorism-financing. The ability to geo-tag financial transfers and then ‘trace’ the ‘cash flow’ in real-time would be a powerful tool in the hands of financial regulators.
(ii)Crime Prevention/Community Watchdogs: Real-time, geo-tagged, crime reporting could help law-enforcement agencies combat crime, drug trafficking, etc.
(iii)Rapid Market Research: Primary market research through crowd-sourced medium could be rapidly conducted in pre-specified geographies/markets via sms/mms in a way which could create tremendous quantitative and qualitative value for market research analysts.
Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding
'Bolo' – The Human Voice Initiative is collaborating with NAYA JEEVAN which is supported by several corporate and private foundations (including Google/Tides Foundation) as well as the US Dept of State and ILO-MIF (ILO is a UN multilateral agency). We hope that 'Bolo' – The Human Voice Initiative” will soon generate its own independent funding.
Tell us about your partnerships
NAYA JEEVAN is the emerging world’s first not-for-profit “HMO for the marginalized”, Bolo will partner with NAYA JEEVAN to identify risks and disease patterns according to geography and provide geo-localized emergency services to trauma/accident victims.
Mishal (Pvt.) Ltd: Mishal is a strategic communication/policy design social enterprise. With Mishal we will train, equip and rollout the citizen journalism component of the Human Voice Initiative, especially in turbulent, war-torn regions in Pakistan.
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?
•Corporate Board (comprised of multidisciplinary group of investors/donors)
•Technical Advisory Board (technocrats who can advise us on ICT)
•IT Infrastructure with IT staff (Web, Mobile)
•Strategic Partnerships/Business Development team that develops agreements with strategic business partners
•Member Services team which participate with IT and Executive side to roll out product and services and after launch, interacts with consumers
Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply
Investment, Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.
Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply
Investment, Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list
We need ICT expertise well versed in integrating modern platforms including Android, Google Maps, Google Earth and Augmented Reality (e.g. Layar AR Vision). We need catalytic ‘jumpstart’ investment to support the operations of the company until we become self-sustainable (2-3 years).