We look forward to having similar events in the future to not only foster innovation, but get people thinking more seriously about some of the social problems we face today
Dhaka, Bangladesh (PRWEB) April 05, 2012
Today, BRAC announced that Daniel Ng, a student at the University of Virginia, won the BRAC Innovation Challenge with his ‘Play’ Project – a community playground project to create safe, accessible spaces where underprivileged children can play.
Daniel will now have the opportunity to make his idea a reality by working with the BRAC Social Innovation Lab in Bangladesh.
"I feel so honored and fortunate and excited to be able to work with such a renowned organization as BRAC,” says Daniel, a first year at the University of Virginia with an interest in studying Global Development and Statistics.
BRAC launched the Innovation Challenge on its Facebook page in January, asking supporters to post their innovative ideas to improve on BRAC's existing programs. More than 40 people submitted ideas, which were then voted on by other supporters by "liking" and commenting on the posts.
The top ten were presented to a panel of judges at BRAC, who then selected the winner.
“This was our first attempt to organize a Facebook contest and the response was great! The quality of the submissions we received was very impressive,” said Asif Saleh, BRAC’s Director of Communications and the Social Innovation Lab.
“We look forward to having similar events in the future to not only foster innovation, but get people thinking more seriously about some of the social problems we face today.”
BRAC is a global development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. BRAC’s holistic approach aims to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable women and men to realize their potential. Formerly the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, BRAC was launched in Bangladesh in 1972 and today reaches more than 138 million people in Africa and Asia through its programs that address poverty by providing micro-loans, self-employment opportunities, health services, education and legal and human rights services. Learn more at http://www.bracusa.org.