NextGen Circular Business Accelerator teams. From left to right: Joe Tighe of Solublue (UK); Francis Carroll, Lizzie Horvitz, and Brian Reilly of Muuse (Indonesia); Jeff Bassett of Footprint (USA); Safia Qureshi and Simon Millman of CupClub (UK); Henrik Björnberg of Colombier Group (Finland); Fabian Eckert and Alexandra Gurstmeier of RECUP (Germany).

Three Insights and Innovations from the EiE Alliance

40 innovators spent six months accelerating education solutions for emergency situations. Here's what happened.

In 2017, the Education in Emergencies Challenge saw hundreds of people from around the world come together to answer the question:

How might we improve educational outcomes for children and youth—particularly girls—in emergency situations?

Following the close of the Challenge, the Australian Government (DFAT) and OpenIDEO felt the energy of this community and the world’s need for the work of the innovators involved. The two teams worked closely with the Challenge community to co-design the Education in Emergencies (EiE) Alliance: a six-month open innovation network intended to support innovators, leverage resources and collaboration tools, and fuel ongoing innovation in this field.

The Alliance brought together diverse stakeholders in the EiE space, supporting 40 promising innovators from the EiE Challenge Shortlist, funders, and industry expert advisors. In the Alliance, these advisors offered hundreds of hours of support by hosting 60+ Mentor Sessions, providing feedback and tools for teams to advance their solutions. Throughout, innovators connected and shared about their challenges, swapped ideas and inspiration, and learned from each other using the online platform. 

Innovator teams connected with Advisors around the world—pictured here on a video call—to apply human-centered design and progress toward their goals for impact together.

Three Insights from the Alliance

Over the course of the Alliance, we gained a few key insights we're glad to share with you.

1) Source inspiration from different global contexts and teams to fuel innovation. By sharing vulnerably and openly about her work with others, not only did Fakhira from Power99 find new ways to improve her programs and storytelling, but she inspired multiple innovator teams as they successfully scaled their work to over 100,000 beneficiaries in the hardest-to-reach parts of Pakistan. Her approach: being traditional enough to integrate across larger partners, but innovative enough to be inspirational and impactful to the children she serves.

"Before working with EiE I wasn't thinking out of the box. I was only thinking about focusing on my local community and my organization. But working with the EiE community has shown me the value in seeing what other people around the world are doing. This community inspired me and I learned a lot." 
          — Fakhira Najib, Power99

2) Leverage resources to increase a small team's capacity. InnoKido, as a smaller team, was looking to figure out a sustainable financial model and ways to scale impact creatively and resourcefully. They sourced a range of diverse perspectives from mentors and peers. Through collaborating with other Alliance members, not only did they redesign their business model, but they also created a video from scratch in the same time frame as larger teams.

“Over the last month, I’ve spent more time with people from the Alliance working on my project than with my own team. It’s been very inspiring and helped push us forward!”  
          — zeynep aykul, InnoKido

3) Sharing needs and best practices yields exponential growth.  We saw many innovators swapping skills to support each other, including key lessons learned through their work. This shared capacity and knowlege helped others save the time and energy of finding answers alone. Buddha Burman from BoomBuzz discussed best practices with other teams around connectivity and tech solutions in hard-to-reach communities, giving essential insights to other innovators interested in developing in this space.

A mentor from Google’s Jigsaw team shared with the Alliance:

“Leverage existing systems. Every system you don’t have to recreate gives you exponentially more time back.”
          — Marc HowarD, GOOGLE

Three Grant-Winning Innovations

During the Alliance, idea teams worked on crafting their storytelling skills by creating two-minute pitch videos about their work. As the Alliance comes to a close, we are delighted to award funding to three teams whose progress and videos stood out. Check out the winning pitches below:


InnoKido is a traveling STEAM education program/classroom that builds 21st century digital skills to/for/of the refugee and disadvantaged children in Turkey.


Playground Ideas supports anyone, anywhere to build a stimulating space for play using only local materials, tools, and skills. They plan to implement interactive play spaces in the Rohingya Refugee camp, Bangladesh.


Light of Hope has a solar-powered, portable, multimedia solution allowing teachers to turn any space into an interactive learning environment. They are implementing in the Rohingya Refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Congratulations to these winning teams, and thank you to all who engaged in the process. You can watch all videos and get familiar with the diverse group of innovators delivering impact for education in emergencies here.

Understanding Cybersecurity

  1. Cybersecurity and Crime: Google Security Princess Parisa Tabriz and Jenny Martin from Symantec introduce the most common types of cybercrime in this video.
  2. Cybersecurity: How it Works: A 5 min IBM video on how cybersecurity works.
  3. Cybersecurity in Under 3 Minutes: Learning about CyberSimplicity in under 3 min. 
  4. DEFCON Hacking Challenge: A 6 min hacking experiment at Defcon.
  5. Cybersecurity Crash Course: This video gives a crash course on the basics of cybersecurity.

  1. Can news coverage of cyber issues get past hacks and attacks?: Hewlett Foundation commissioned a study from George Washington University Professor Sean Aday to analyze news coverage from 2014 to 2017 in major news media outlets. Sean Aday, discusses the report’s key findings and their implications.
  2. Comics with a Serious Message: The Rise of Cartoons for Teaching Cybersecurity: Article investigating the use of comics for serious topics on cybersecurity.
  3. Shall I Compare Thee to a Cyber Attack?: A U.S. Army cybersecurity analyst offers a lesson in explaining the impact of a cyber attack: use better metaphors.
  4. Delete Yourself: Television’s conflicted, heroic hackers: An article talking about Hollywood’s reductive portrayal of Hackers.
  5. Can news coverage of cyber issues get past hacks and attacks?: An article on news coverage of cybersecurity, and an invitation to dive into policy.
  6. Covering Cyber: Media coverage of cyber issues since 2014: Media coverage of cybersecurity since 2014.
  7. Tech Privacy: The Funniest Hacker Stock Photos 4.0: The Future of Hacking: An overview in pictures of hacker pictures, all looking very similar.
  8. War on the Rocks: Cyber Officials Need Help But Are Experts Up to the Task: Article on cybersecurity policy and the gap between academics government.
  9. Why the U.S. Needs More Cyber Translators: A case study at the intersection between government and tech experts known as “cyber translation.”
  10. Musicians May be the Key to the CyberSecurity Shortage: A read on finding creative talent for the cybersecurity industry.
  11. Art Show at Chicago’s THOTCON 0x9 Hacker Conference: When Art intersects with Cybersecurity.
  12. Innovation of Diversity in CyberSecurity: An article highlighting the diversity problem in Cybersecurity: Women are always minorities.
  13. How Design Thinking Can Change Cybersecurity: Design Thinking solving the Cybersecurity challenges.
  14. Foreign Policy: In Cyber War, There are No Rules: An article outlining the need for conventions and rules in the cybersecurity world.
  15. The Role of Instructional Design in Persuasion:A Comics Approach for Improving Cyber Security: This article highlights comics’ role in persuading users to practice good computer security.
  16. Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles: Case study studying the effect of hackers on self-driving cars.
  1. Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade, Principal Security Researcher, Recorded Future: Podcast featuring CyberSecurity Conversations.
  2. Ivan Arce on Hacking in Culture in Argentina: Podcast episode about the concentration of hacking talent in Argentina, and Ivan's focus on security problems in the Android ecosystem.
  3. Aanchal Gupta on Societal Change: Aanchal shares her story and provides guidance for young women struggling to overcome societal obstacles.
  4. How we know Russia did it, the FBI using Best Buy, an IBM study on ransomware, and more: A podcast on political hacking from Daniel Miessler, a cybersecurity expert and author of The Real Internet of Things.
  5. The IoT You Got for Christmas: A podcast discussing the finer points of the internet of things.
  6. Targeted Threats from Facts to Fiction: A discussion on advanced threats in cybersecurity.
  7. Security Awareness Deep Dive: Podcast on why you shouldn’t train employees for security awareness.
  8. Prove to me you are Human: Discussions on authentication issues, network security, airplane security, AI, and Minecraft.

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