增强世界各地青年创新者的能力

IM电竞 researchers have partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Innovation team to design, implement and deliver Limitless – a year-long programme funded by World Health Organisation, aiming to drive youth innovation around addressing COVID-19.

IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian network, supporting the national Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) societies and their over 14 million volunteers in 192 countries across the world. In May 2021, Limitless was initiated to support youth innovators, 从志愿者中, to propose and develop solutions to challenges faced in their local communities during the pandemic.

Over 1000 youth volunteers from 72 countries applied to join Limitless. After a year-long program of support and development of 333 successful projects, ten shortlisted innovators will pitch their projects during IFRC’s General Assembly from 19 to 21 June in Geneva this year.

The 入围项目 包括解决基于性别的暴力, 心理健康宣传, greening urban balconies and more initiated by volunteers from Thailand, Egypt, Colombia, Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, 厄瓜多尔和菲律宾.

Researchers from the 资讯科技学院’s (IT) Action Lab designed and developed a novel digital pipeline through which video submissions from the numerous volunteers can be automatically transcribed, 翻译和编辑. Over 150 translation studies students from the Faculty of Arts volunteer to translate not just the videos (into English for evaluations) but the whole program's communications materials.

汤姆Bartindale博士, 行动实验室项目负责人, who worked with research fellow Joshua Seguin and research engineer Harrison Marshall to deliver the initiative, said it is unique for a project on a global scale to be open to entries in so many different languages, 斯瓦希里语等, Bahasa, and Mandarin, as well as the four official languages of the IFRC.

Another major challenge was to design a system that supported multi-language participation even in remote locations where internet infrastructure is limited.

“We created a system that accepts video submissions from volunteers in the language that they are most comfortable in, stylises and stitches together these videos to form one coherent story, and transcribes and translates its content to make their innovation story accessible to evaluators and other volunteers,巴廷代尔博士说.

“We also included processes to give each volunteer high-quality video-based feedback about their submissions because the procedures weren’t just about facilitating a competition but encouraging innovation.

作为人机交互研究人员, the goal was to create technology that would be well-tuned to the unique needs of the volunteers participating from various remote locations across the world.”

肖恩Hazeldine, Innovation Lead and Head of IFRC’s innovation hub - Solferino Academy - said the implementation of Limitless has already helped initiate numerous impactful projects through RCRC national societies across the world.

“The design, technology and translation work provided by im电竞平台 researchers and students has been crucial in ensuring language inclusivity and accessibility for youth from vulnerable and remote communities around the world. im电竞平台对这些创意感到非常自豪和惊讶, passion and innovative ideas the young volunteers around the globe have showcased throughout this programme,哈泽尔丁说.

Head of Action Lab and human-computer interaction expert Professor Patrick Olivier said the Lab was proud to support this vital IFRC initiative.

“This collaboration is a shining example of the type of tangible impacts that well-designed technologies can facilitate. It’s an example of an approach that helps build capability at the level of the community,奥利维尔教授说.

Action Lab, is a cross-disciplinary research group whose mission is to undertake impactful digital innovation in partnership with communities and NGOs.

IM电竞 researchers and students contributed their time, research and efforts pro bono to the Limitless project.

巴廷代尔博士可以接受采访.

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