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This article was published on February 9, 2010

    Australian Social Innovation Camp – Using Tech To Make A Difference

    Australian Social Innovation Camp – Using Tech To Make A Difference
    Kim Heras
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    Kim Heras

    Kim Heras is a Sydney-based technology writer and entrepreneur. His passions include the Australian startup industry, innovation and the Kim Heras is a Sydney-based technology writer and entrepreneur. His passions include the Australian startup industry, innovation and the web as an enabler of change. You can follow Kim on twitter - @kimheras

    asixAs I’ve mentioned in past posts, I don’t normally like to promote events – but the upcoming Australian Social Innovation Camp (ASIC) is something special.

    That’s because as technology entrepreneurs we either forget how powerful the Internet, and technology more generally, can be as a tool for social change, or think that social outcomes and business outcomes can’t coexist, therefore focusing more on the latter. Both of these are a shame.

    ASIC aims to address this by using a Startup Camp approach to turning ideas for social innovation into real “stuff” in just one weekend.

    To quote the site:

    “The social innovation camp is a weekend of passion and commitment, clever thinking and a bit of technology to work on new ways to make a difference on the social issues, big and small, that we face as a community and as a country.”

    Details are as follows:

    Where: UNSW CBD Campus – Sydney
    When: March 5-7 2010
    Registrations close: 17th February 2010

    The first stage of the process was to select ideas to work on over the weekend.

    From a large number of applications the selection panel whittled it down to the following 8 worthy projects:

    The second stage is the camp – where over a weekend the ideas will be turned into something more tangible.

    Here’s a summary of how it’s all going to go down.

    I met up with Raul Caceres and Michelle Williams who are working on the project, last week, and they talked me through the purpose of ASIC and their future plans. It’s clear they’re passionate about enabling change and it’s great to see them coordinating people to get stuff done.

    Also, while the camp is a headlining event, they work daily to make sure social innovation gets more and more attention – so check out the Australian Social Innovation Exchange (ASIX)  site for more info on how you can get involved even if you can’t get involved on the actual weekend.