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Throwing away / segregating waste are some of the mundane tasks of our everyday life that we may overlook them depending on how we are used to doing things. We have little motivation to do it religiously. No surprise that it needs a lot of push and a

Throwing away / segregating waste are some of the mundane tasks of our everyday life that we may overlook them depending on how we are used to doing things. We have little motivation to do it religiously. No surprise that it needs a lot of push and a

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Women are often neglected and ill privileged section of the society. They are discouraged to get educated and engage in activities which are either intellectual or considered non conventional. This leaves them with little opportunity when it comes to

Women are often neglected and ill privileged section of the society. They are discouraged to get educated and engage in activities which are either intellectual or considered non conventional. This leaves them with little opportunity when it comes to

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Hi Alison, thanks for your question. No, it is neither of what you mentioned. It is not about crowdsourcing ideas as we think down the line, that method do end exploiting participants. The projects and ideas are separate and not directly connected.

The online platform is supposed to serve two purposes. In first case, the organizations can post information about their projects and youth can show interest (either an individual or as a team). If organization find them fit for the project, they can award them the project to do. In case the project needs more than one person to work on and an individual do not have a team, they can eventually form one using the platform or organization can recruit separate individuals and they can collaborate together. The platform also provides them tools to collaborate. But, definitely here the companies are recruiting young people to work for them on a particular project and may happen online or offline depending on the task / project. And key here is collaboration otherwise most of the projects are not projects but just menial task of almost no real value.

The second purpose is to allow youth to pitch their own ideas. Here the young people can pitch their ideas or intentions and organizations or individuals can decide to support it or not. If organizations decide to support it, they can provide them with necessary funding and other resources. If individuals decide to support it, they can offer them micro-funds which can be returned back later in some form.

So, rather than just telling the youth what to do. we also make it possible to listen to them. We see both the parts of the platform as two sides of the same coin and since all the stakeholders involved are same, it completes the cycle, and help to sustain the ecosystem.

Let me know if that makes sense. Hope to know your views.

Hi Guy, we have done few interviews before we came up with the concept and planning to do more in coming days. Being in Asia, the scenario here is little bit different from US or European countries. While doing interviews, we found that the youth lives under constant pressure to live up the expectations of their parents and society. That means they can not pursue something they really want, instead go for jobs that are considered traditionally stable and well paid (read Finance, Medical and Science).

Moreover, the education system is little outdated and rely on conventional methods of rote based learning. Which means, the students once graduate are not really prepared for a diverse and creative job market. But recently, there has been a surge in homegrown start-ups and other creative industries looking for talent. This makes it a demand supply problem rather than economic problem. Based on the interviews, we found that student really want to learn on the job, but have no contacts, and not really sure how and where to begin.

Another initiative that has gained momentum here recently is the pitching events for students. Local universities have been sponsoring some funds and allow students to pitch their ideas that can be funded. But usually, such events are closed door events and usually fund top 3 ideas. Though it shows that the youth is full of ideas and ready to take it forward. Again, the support is limited, most of the support offered by the government is in terms of hardware (money, space etc.) but no software is provided (Knowledge, Mentors etc.)

So combining these, we thought that it will great if a two-way platform can be made to provide them hands-on experience through real-world projects as well as listen back to their ideas and this is what we came up with. It is still bit rough but we believe there is a potential.

Hope to get to know your views on this.

Thanks!