Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
edUnify- Events/Tourism Planning & Hosting Platform for Learners & Pro's Across Boarders
Explain your idea in details:
The main Objective of edUnify is to provide a platform for the planning and hosting of educative & professional events and tours. The events are planned primarily online using information available from relevant stake holders all registered on the platform, stake holders such as, the host (any registered member), attendees (any interested member), Hotels for reservations and venues, academic institutions, tourism and transportation agencies, etc. These events can then be carried out online on the platform or in real life at a designated venue according to the event as planned. Activities such as, conferences, competitions, research showcasing, academic lecture can be planned and hosted online while tourism events can be planned using the online facilities using information from verified stakeholders. A virtual tour can also be streamed online on the platform to give prospective attendees a foretaste of the real event. Membership to this community will be free. Registered members will be able to connect and follow people/pages/organizations that they have interest in, to keep abreast of their next event. Events to be hosted will range from free to paid events as decided by the host in form of e-tickets. edUnify will charge a percentage of the ticket fee. Organizations and businesses related to education and tourism such as transporters, airlines, hotels, universities and high schools can create special pages or upgrade to premium accounts to give them advertising opportunities and special services such as target marketing to attract patronage. Partnership can be set up with verifiable institutions to offer certificates on programs organized to boost interest. Online courses related to event planning, tourism and sustainable development can be offered in partnership with verified stakeholders. Universities can have online course and career center where they showcase the various courses and special programs offered in their institutions.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
They are thousands of educational events and tours happening each day at any given time in Africa. This number can increase astronomically if a platform is created for tourist, professionals and students to connect. This idea has the potential to educate across boarders and unify the citizens across sub-Saharan Africa. We believe that students want to learn new things but more than that, they want to explore the unknown. On this platform a student in Nigeria can see an upcoming event in Ghana and choose to attend without any fears of the credibility of the event or his logistics concern. Students in different countries and institutions can co-plan events and tours without any expenses on phone calls and sending of official documents through couriers. The measures for success will be 1) The daily usage of the platform, especially for paid events 2) The ease of planning and credibility of hosted events on the platform 3) Growing number of subscribers on the platform 4) Effectiveness in easing the processes in planning and hosting cross boarder events. Since this will be capital intensive, the platform cannot be totally free. Membership will have two or three categories of which one category will be free with its limitations compared to other paid membership levels. Also, advertisement will also be sold, especially on the free membership level, with the option of turning it off for the paid membership category
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The major challenge is building the initial digital infrastructure to support the expected surge in membership registration and usage. Since this is an e-business model, a lot of computing infrastructure is needed to manage traffic, security, etc. of the payment platform and other confidential registration and user habit details. The initial financing is hoped to be sourced from a venture capitalist or angel investor because it will require a lot of resources to design, implement and market the platform to users across Africa. a prototype can however be designed and market research done to see the feasibility of patronage in the target market. The collaborators on this idea will include specialist from ICT, Marketing, Tourism, Education and Event Planning, Security and boarder control/Immigration, Hotels, university administrators and educators, Students etc. For sustainability, this platform can always be modified to cover more people by redefining education as anything that gives knowledge or shed light on an unknown and tourism to be traveling for leisure and/ or education.
My name in Egbe King-James, I am 25 years old, I am from Nigeria. I currently run a startup in the area of educational technology and consulting. I am a critical thinker and i am always looking out for ways to bring change to my environment. I am positive to a fault, especially about causes i believe in and it can be frustrating when the expected results are not forth coming. In the end, my aspiration is to make an impact in my local community and in Africa as a whole, especially in the areas of education and tourism and the environment