3rd European edition of the "Discover e-volunteering" call for projects

"Discover e-volunteering" is the only European competition aimed at promoting and supporting the most interesting collaborative projects between NGOs and e-volunteers via the Internet..

2014 was the third year that the Orange Foundation supported this competition, which is organised by the "Good Network Foundation" in cooperation with the Fundacja Orange (Poland) as well as a network of European partners.

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This edition was a resounding success, with 110 candidates from 26 European countries and 17 European partners taking part. Over 7700 votes were cast online.

The online voters’ prize was awarded to CityBugs, based in Armenia. The international committee also awarded prizes to a project by Spanish organisation Fundación Haz lo posible as well as a project by a Croatian association and a Polish project.
The Spanish project promotes collaboration between programmers and social entrepreneurs. The goal of the project is to propose digital developments that are adapted to the needs of NGOs.

The Croatian project offers training via social networks and Skype for students with disabilities who are preparing to take State examinations.

As part of the Polish project, volunteers are creating the first tourist map of Poland for people with disabilities. This is an interactive map that can be accessed on mobile phones.
Find out more: http://discoverevolunteering.eu/

The winners each received prize money of 2,200 euros. The finalists were also given the opportunity to participate in workshops and discussion sessions with experts, One of these workshops was run by Jayne Cravens, an internationally recognised virtual volunteering expert. She shared her experience of the step-by-step implementation of an effective e-volunteering project. She highlighted several important aspects of collaboration with virtual volunteers, for example how to overcome the most common problems. Another important element of the workshop run by Jayne Cravens was her experience in the United States: "Trends and perspectives in the field of e-volunteering".

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All of the projects presented are excellent examples of the proper use that can be made of the strength of virtual communities and the opportunities presented by new technologies. A large number of projects also seem to be responding to social problems that can be resolved by individuals and communities on the Internet, which converges with the priority the Orange Foundation attaches to the digital world.

 

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