In March CDI launched the Tech 4 Good movement, with the aim of stimulating more individuals and organisations to use technology to transform lives and communities. The event brought together social and tech entrepreneurs, offering them a space to share ideas and experiences, plan future projects and debate strategies.
A competition was held to recognise the best tech-activists, helping them to promote their work and increase their impact. Awards were given in several categories: Earth, Environment, Energy, Economy, Education and Empowerment. Among those awarded were Marcos Braz for his work creating the Save Sao Conrado campaign. Marcos lives in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, where he was born and bred. A self-taught tech geek and natural entrepreneur, Marcos set up the campaign to tackle the high levels of water pollution at the local beach. The online campaign took off, getting the attention of local media, other environmental groups and local authorities, renewed efforts are now being made to tackle the issue.
The winners also Carlos Pereira for his work with Livox, an app to facilitate communication with children suffering from mental disabilities, and Andre Cervi, whose online platform Atados is helping to bring volunteers together around common causes.
Tech 4 Good is being used to inspire more individuals within the deprived communities where we work to create positive transformations to their lives and local realities, demonstrating that everyone can become a tech-activist and make real and lasting changes to their communities and beyond.
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