Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty

It's time to take action!

Have you got an idea on how to help these underprivillaged people?

Well here's your chance!

Mondialogo Engineering Award
An initiative by Daimler and UNESCO, this competition tries to address the UN's Millennium Developement Goals (MDG). The great thing about this competition is that it requires at least two teams to collaborate on a project; each one must be from a developing and a developed country. Read about our entry below.

IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition
Want to win US$10000 and be named the IEEE Student Humanitarian Supreme while changing the world? This is for you!

Google's Project 10^100
May Those Who Help The Most Win. Got an idea, but think it's too costly to work? Well Google has lots of money...

Microsoft's Imagine Cup
Does any of the following fits you?; programmer / game developer / roboticist / IT person / photographer / film maker / designer. This is another competition to address the UN's MDG, with lots of categories to choose from.

Not really into humanitarian efforts? More into environmental and energy saving? Not to worry. This one is for you (as long as you can design electronic systems, though).

5 competitions, $1000s of prize money, one goal;
make the world a better place.

A team of students from The University of Adelaide, South Australia, is participating in the Mondialogo Engineering Award. The project will be an ICT driven poverty eradication model which at the same time will empower businesses. We currently have working models in Kyrgyzstan and Malawi. Here's our project page on the Mondialogo site.

The entry into this competition is one part of a continuous project we are doing. This blog was actually set up for a previous project. Look around and read about some of the things that we have done.

If you are interested in our project and want to change the world too, leave a comment or two. We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions.

And don't forget to visit other blogs talking about poverty too!

Hi there.

My name is Arif.

I have a confession to make.

I am affected by a disease called Teenage Affluenza.

YOU might be affected too.

Watch this video and diagnose yourself.

3 billion people in the whole world lives under the poverty line.

That is almost half of the world population.

The only cure to Teenage Affluenza is to help these less fortunate people.

This is your CHANCE.


What we do

We are raising funds to get a team of villagers from Kyrgyzstan to attend the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) on 18-22 May 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The aim of this effort is to present a sustainable and scalable poverty eradication model to the whole world.

Why we do it

We believe that these villagers have the perfect solution to eradicate poverty by harnessing the power of technology. They not only help themselves break from the cycle of poverty, but at the same time making local businesses more profitable. Registered under the name TalasTronics (NGO), their method is truly unique – programming microchips.

How YOU can be part of it

We need your help to raise funds to pay for flight, accommodation and WCIT2008 registration fee for three TalasTronics villagers to present their Poverty Relief projects in Malaysia. The total sum anticipated is $10,000.

This is your chance to join our journey in this world-transforming effort.

If you feel that this effort is genuine and are willing to contribute, please donate.

Your $10 (or any amount you could give) could actually change the life of half of the world population. We appreciate any amount that you could offer.

You can either donate to me in cash (if you are in Adelaide), or just click the ‘ChipIn!’ button below or on the top left side panel. It will bring you to a PayPal page, where you can choose to use PayPal, major credit cards or even some bank accounts.

We all hope that the Kyrgyzstan Villagers will prove once and for all there is hope and help for the 3 billion under privileged people!

Thank you for donating and please tell your friends too. Remember, you are helping half of the world population!

Want more information?

Click on the links below to read more about this project.

Go to The Amazing Villagers

Go to The Enabling Technology

Go to The Next Step

Go to The Australian Side of the Story

Go to The Malaysian Side of the Story

Don't forget to bookmark this page and come back for updates!