Are You The Change You Wish To See In The World?

December 18, 2012

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” - Gandhi. 

I’m sure most of you have heard of this quote and have desperately wished for people to start changing the world as an unanimous force. It seems those days have finally arrived. The power to change has ignited within the new generations and they seem to be distancing themselves from the attitude of waiting for super heroes to save the world, they want change and they want it now.

One amazing example I heard of the other day was of the Sanitation Hackathon held in Washington - a weekend where technology experts and sanitation professionals were brought together to address the problem of sanitation in the world. Over one thousand hackers got together to find solutions to sanitation problems in developing countries, and they came up with not one, not 10, not even 100 but 181 applicationsto improve access to safe sanitation for poor people.

These hackers will now be getting together again to turn these ideas into working applications to start helping the sector. The challenge set is:

“Every day, 2.5 billion people wake up without access to adequate sanitation: a problem that has become a life or death issue in many of the world’s developing regions. How can we help them by using apps to raise awareness and provide local solutions to this global problem?" 

A mighty big challenge and kudos to the hackers that are driven to solve it. We all here at GiveMeTap definitely feel inspired by these hackathons and combining their efforts with our mission to provide the world with water for life, we believe it is very much possible. Change has indeed started. 

The winners at London Startup Weekend - SmartWard which was built with the care of healthcare patients in mind is another great example. The application reduces hospital paperwork and aims to save lives and was built only over one weekend. You see, where there is a will, there is a way!

We’re loving this new fired up generation, together we can all really change the world.

It’s important that we promote and share each other’s work on making a difference which is why we would love to hear about your stories of contributing to global change!


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