The Humanitarian Innovation Jam brings together humanitarians, academics, and the private sector to discuss and problem-solve around humanitarian innovation. The 2016 edition will have a special focus on convening refugee and host community innovators who want to develop the best possible solutions to some of their community’s biggest challenges. This is a conference with little talk, but lots of action. If you’re a local innovator, addressing issues facing your community, expect to walk away with practical tools and resources.
At the end of this event we hope to answer these key questions:
How can we, as local innovators increase impact?
How can humanitarian organizations build up the creative capacity of communities, and empower them to innovate for themselves?
As more and more humanitarians talk about ‘innovation’, we must make sure that innovation driven by affected communities stays front and center in this conversation. Empowering crisis-affected communities to identify challenges and create their own solutions (rather than relying only on top-down innovation approaches) provides a wider range of sustainable solutions to current and future humanitarian challenges.
Focused on bottom-up innovation, Humanitarian Innovation Jam 2016 hopes to:
Identify barriers to local innovation, and needs of local innovators;
Analyze good practices and tools to support innovators in crisis-affected communities;
Rethink approaches to humanitarian innovation and understand how institutions can facilitate bottom-up innovation.
Track 1 (Individual Innovators)
Track 2 (Organizational Innovators)