Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Drone Delivery Network
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective to utilize a system of drones with specified roles (ex: a drone for medical aid, one for delivering books, and another for carrying perishable food) to target various underdeveloped areas that are either needing need replenishment of those resources or simply lacking availability to them. This allows us to bring these needs in a timely order and prevent distance from being a barrier for us to achieve our goal. Technically, the drones are engineered with special additions such as detection, gps navigational tools, and controllers to drive the machine. Beyond the technical aspects, the drones should be programmed accordingly in a developed country near a underdeveloped country for proximity. The project also works to expand outreach to the local communities, linking local efforts with global initiatives, where people around the world can contribute by donating perishable cans of food, clothing, books & school resources in addition to other necessities such as vaccines provided by pharmaceutical companies.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The potential impacts of the idea is to target one particular region first and travel from one community to the next. The project can support perhaps several regions depending on the amount of resources donated. Beyond the numerical measures, the project will have a tremendous impact that are beyond providing resources, but also resulting in economic growth, food production, improvement in livelihood, and increase of employment. Especially in the education sector, universal access to education for every child is limited. Fostering lifelong opportunities is crucial for individuals in the poor countries to educate themselves about their rights as education is a fundamental human right. Providing these otherwise inaccessible assets, people learn the importance of making sustainable choices, investing in the conservation of our environment, providing clean water, maintaining good personal hygiene, and preventing illnesses such as water-borne diseases to occur. In a social aspect, we are promoting inclusiveness and equality by investing in social, political, and economic mobility for children, women, indigenous peoples, families living below the poverty line, and those with disabilities. By doing so, we are exemplifying tolerance, peace, and justice worldwide, creating a space for everyone to grow and thrive. These are values that numbers can not truly qualify.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
To effectively implement the project, financing the source will be through grants and proposals. With potential partnerships with high-tech companies including Tesla, Google, Amazon, Space X, etc. working with their AI, drones, robotics department will help develop the drones with advanced technology embedded including sensors for navigation and rapid response. In addition, collaboration with profound organizations including the UN sectors such as The United Nations Children's Fund, American Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, ACLU, etc, funding for further research and integrating the organizations missions aligning their core values with the UN Sustainability goals. Getting these organizations on board with the project, to be in effect, will gravely provide us with financial support whether it is through fundraising or donated funds from the organization.
Shannon is a powerful young 17 year old leader who aspires to to integrate technology with activism. She is New York City native who recently graduated high school and will be planning to pursue a computer science major at University of Michigan in the fall 2018. As an avid human rights activist, she never let her voice be silenced. As a person of color, of immigrant parents, and of the LGBTQ+ community, she has fought for rights of marginalized communities. She has worked with The United Nations Children's Funds for the past four years as a representative to advocate for the UN Sustainability Goals through advocacy projects and fundraisers. Through her volunteer efforts, personal experiences, and aspiration, she wholeheartedly believes in the use of technology for the greater good of society. Without a doubt, the achievements she has made in this field is a testament to her commitment to serving humanity. She was awarded the UNICEF Look at Me Now Award, presented to a senior who has shown significant growth and transformation through active involvement and is viewed by peers as an outstanding UNICEF club leader, the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award, and Daily Point of Light Foundation Award. She envisions a future where everyone is ensured a quality life free from social injustices and full of equality and opportunities. Utilizing her studies, knowledge, and personal experiences, she hope to be part of the next forthcoming and one of the many new innovators in the future changing the world through innovation.