How is Hack for Big Choices helping startups in Africa?

Africa is a continent that has suffered a lot despite the fact Africa is the richest continent in the world thanks to all the natural resources and mines found there. A brief list of products there are in Africa includes copper, gold, iron, steel, nickel, zinc, platinum, titanium, lead, phosphate rocks, uranium, oil and diamonds. Fortunately, the last two decades Africa have been experiencing different positive changes led by important countries such as United States and among others who aim to the Africa’s emergence through new startups creation. Nowadays, different entrepreneurs are encouraged to invest in this continent because aspects such as human-rights application at work and young people are attending schools at their villages for then mastering abroad are factors that lead people to think about Africa in a different way. Moreover, statistics show how fast is the growth of the middle class in Africa. Nevertheless, this process has not come alone and it is evident this emergence is something led by people who care for Africa and for that reason, Aurora Chisté and Irina Issakova founded H for Big Choices.

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Image courtesy of Viewminder at Flickr.com

What is Hack for Big Choices?

Hack for big Choices is non-profit and global community created for change makers all around the world who are connected within the community in order to empowered big ideas to solve problems. They strongly believe big changes come from little changes and it is inside these communities’ little changes emerge. Collaborators are spared around the world, main cities are New York, San Francisco, Guadalajara, Bogotá, Sao Pablo, London, Venice, Accra, Bangalore, Moscow, Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
What are the issue areas Hack for Big Choices is working on?

Hack for Big choices has three main lines and within these areas, they establish challenges they consider are vital to work on. Issue areas and some challenges are:

Design & Technology:
This issue area helps and guides people who are interested in working on these subjects. Experts around the world on this area give advices and recommendations about how people can find solutions to the challenges. Companies also invest their money in order to develop new technologies that are helpful not only for African countries but for all countries around the world too because these problems affect population in general.

Car driving safety, Simulation of crisis management activities, Human identification     on-the-fly, Automatic people counting, Food safety, Intelligent parental control, B2B platform for international businesses.

Healthcare:
Challenges inside this area affect various host cities, that is way participants are supposed to think about solutions as unique ones because they must be focused on an unique community. Challenges are taken from global health crisis that affect societies, these challenges are: Confronting Depression, Health Data In Action, Geo-Localized Health Solutions (in this topic there are 3 micro-challenges that are Sanitation, Pregnancy Complications, Metabolic Syndrome) Sexual Health.

Education:
It is not a secret poverty has its roots on illiteracy and in the past, it was really difficult to deal with this problem in Africa. Now, as wars are diminishing, interest can be guide towards education. The following challenges are being taken into account: International Accreditation of Academic Programs, Education in Remote Areas, Education for Special Needs Students, Nutrition Education at School, Bridging the gap between research and markets, Telematics for education.  

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Image courtesy of BK at Flickr.com

What are the steps Hack for Big Choices follows in order to create successfully projects?

As there is a platform that linked collaborators, steps are quite simple as follows:

  1. The Call for Action: This is a calling for people around the world to change the world with small actions. They make people be aware about importance of little changes.
  2. Integrate Software Solution: They link problems solvers and experts who guide in them in the process.
  3. Options for Change:  Start a focused challenge-tree area from which problems can be selected and solved

Who is Aurora Chisté?

Aurora Chisté (Guadalajara) is a social entrepreneur travelling the world to develop new business opportunities for communities around the world.  She encourages people to make little changes that have a meaningful impact in people’s lives.

Does Hack for Big Choices have partners?

Yes, it does. Fortunately, the organization has more than 70 partners who are engaged with Africa’s development. Some of them are FACEBOOK, HONDA, TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, WORDPRESS, ACM, GOOGLE DEVELOPERS, among others.  

According to the founder Aurora Chisté, it is time, efforts and right people what make a change but building a new community is something that requires more than that. It requires commitment and dedication but it is essential to engage young generations earlier to this change makers’ programs because future belongs to them and when starting a new company, they are in charge of apply their passion and talent towards improving people’s lives.

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