PeaceGeeks, one of Appnovation's Corporate Citizenship partners, has been selected as a finalist for the Google.org Impact Challenge Canada for Services Advisor Pathways, a web application to strengthen immigrant and refugee experiences when integrating into Canadian communities, that Appnovation designed (front & back end).
This project builds on PeaceGeeks’ Services Advisor prototype which has been deployed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan to assist 655,000 Syrian refugees to access vital humanitarian services.
The Google.org Impact Challenge supports Canadian nonprofit innovators who are using technology to tackle the world's biggest social challenges. Google.org will award $5 million across 10 organizations to help bring their ideas to life.
"With the generous Google.org grant, PeaceGeeks will be able to further build upon the Services Advisor prototype that we, at Appnovation, proudly contributed to help build," says Appnovation Senior VP of Talent and Culture, Warren Wong. "When we started our journey working with PeaceGeeks in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Services Advisor application only focused on assisting Syrian refugees in Jordan. We are delighted that this application is now being launched in Turkey and Somalia and also can be used to improve the experiences of immigrants and refugees who have recently arrived in Canada and are seeking assistance and services.”
Since Appnovation's work on the app, it is now being deployed in Turkey and Somalia to support another 3 million displaced people in those countries. With the funding from Google.org, PeaceGeeks will be able to launch the Services Advisor Pathways app in Canada, making it easier for newcomers to navigate resettlement experiences by improving access to the most relevant services for a particular person, such as mentorship and employment skills.
To date, Appnovation has donated over 2,300 hours to PeaceGeeks in 2015 and 2016.
Until March 28th, please visit g.co/canadachallenge to vote and learn more about the finalists. The winner of this vote will receive a $750k grant from Google.org. Four other winners will be chosen at a live pitching event on March 30th.