UNDP in partnership with Ooredoo launched Miyaheli Social Innovation Camp 2017 from 28th – 30th September 2017 at Soneva Fushi Resort. This is their second collaboration for this Social Innovation Camp.
This year, Miyaheli was open for Maldivian youth aged 18- 30 from the northern atolls of Haa Alif, Haa Dhaal, Shaviyani and Noonu. Five of the best ideas were shortlisted out of all the ideas that were presented. The five participants whose ideas were chosen are Afa Hussain (HDh. Kulhudhuffushi), Misbaah Moosa (HDh. Kulhudhiffushi), Raihana Abdulla (HDh. Makunudhoo), Mariyam Shiba (HA. Hoarafushi) and Yoosuf Abdul Kareem (HDh. Nolhivaran).
These fortunate five participants got the opportunity to participate in the two day workshop at Soneva Fushi Resort where they had access to a team of technical expertise from Ooredoo, Soneva Fushi and others related to these areas from which they got the support they needed to flesh out their ideas. The three lucky winners of Miyaheli 2017 were chosen and presented with grants to bring their ideas to life. The winners were Mariyam Shiba, Yoosuf Abdul Kareem and Afa Hussain.
Miyaheli brings together the youth of society, ideas and digital and non-digital tools to create both tech-based and non tech-based social innovations to pressing social issues, all in just one weekend. Maldivian youth hold huge potential to help bring positive change to issues in the society. Youth, with their drive and intellect, have what it takes to think outside the box and come up with simple and effective solutions that might not have been thought of before. By bringing together a diverse group of people to collaborate in one space, the aim is to bridge the gap between having an idea, making that idea concrete and taking in forward and incubating a project.