SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD 2019
11 November 2019 - Melinda Moharos

Since 2009, Social Impact Award promotes the knowledge and practice of social entrepreneurship among youth in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Social Impact Award is more than just an award. It is a year-round educational program on social entrepreneurship dedicated to students and youth.

SIA supports the participants in building social enterprises that find solutions to the most challenging issues of our time. They do so by hosting events and organizing workshops to raise awareness for social entrepreneurship, teaching the necessary skills to navigate from vague intentions to promising ventures, providing access to networks and promoting the best teams with the Social Impact Award.

The Award Ceremony of Social Impact Award Hungary 2019 will be staged at Impact Hub Budapest. 47 projects applied to partcipate in SIA 2019, the jury has chosen 8 teams who are ready to create a better world with their ideas

SIA AWARD WINNERS

LOW-COST ROBOTIC HAND

Low-cost Robotics develops cheap, 3D-printed prosthetic arms for children between the ages of 6 and 16 to help ease them everyday problems.

We think it’s important that the proscthetics have more than one function, and the design also fits the children’s vision. Our main guideline is to promot the development of children while keeping prices low, as not all parents can afford to replace expensive, bionic hands at short intervals.

ROMAMA FOOD TRUCK

In the Romama Food Truck project, our main goal is to create new street food rooting in authentic gypsy cuisine and spread the delicacies via a food truck to reach as many people as possible.

The idea came from a collaboration with a Hungarian Roma organization that is working in an underprivileged area. They already have enterprises, including a small restaurant and accommodation service, but unfortunately, their audience is yet knowing them. We want to help them to maintain a sustainable enterprise, and at the same time, bring closer the Romani culture to Hungarian people. This concept is also supporting the youngsters to keep their traditions and shaping a positive role model.

ELDER-BERRY CAFÉ

Elderberry Cafe is a special place in Budapest connecting generations through recipes with stories. Employing elderly people we hope to combat loneliness and age discrimination for people close to retirement and already retired. The uniqueness of this cafe is that there are no waiters but hosts of different generations and experiences ready to share stories through the food they cook and serve. Please follow our project to see the progress here: https://www.facebook.com/elderberrycafe/

SIA COMMUNITY AWARD WINNER per Community Votings

YELLOW DOGS

Yellow Dogs is not just an organization but a community with a purpose to increase the visibility of shelter dogs. This is accomplished by university student volunteers who regularly walk shelter dogs in the busy green areas of the capital, while enjoying the time with the dog and company outdoors that might never have happened to them because they didn’t have their own dog. The goal of the process is to find new owners through street encounters. We also want to expand our community to companies with dog related activity. Yellow Dogs owners can take advantage of discounts at our partners. This is how we create synergy between different target groups.

OTHER FINALISTS
Közös Többszörös

Every child has enormous potential. In Hungary, however, 750 thousand children live below the poverty line, which means they can’t unfold their talents. With Teach For Hungary, we recruit talented young graduates and professionals who work full-time for two years in needy communities’ schools. Working together with the local community, they become true leaders and advocates of education.

Confy

Confy is a platform created to help students, freshmen and everyone who is interested in learning new things while joining a supportive and motivational community in gaining useful knowledge and network through volunteering.

Polifun

Polifun is an open-minded, demonstration workshop that offers a personal experience through the recycling of used plastics. Experience – Knowledge – Attitude! We would like to show you and teach you a simple technique for recycling plastics to reduce the environmental load on our environment!

Roll over!

“Roll over” is the name of an online informational platform about the challenges of independent life of physically disabled people. It aims to list the problems connected to this field; it is addressed firstly to people with this impairment, secondly to their closer nvironment and finally to outsiders, making them potentially interested about the subject. Further aim is to build a community around the platform and to connect the followers to the relevant institutions. The content will be presented primarily through a video channel about the  everyday issues of physically disabled people and the social aspects of it.