Over on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog, TechSoup Asia’s Glenn Fajardo describes Malaysia’s *Weekend Movement and its approach to “time-bound collaborative innovation,” where talented people team up and race against the clock to build out audacious new products and services.
*Weekend events are a more general form of hackathons which foster innovation among youth, showing new makers and doers how easy it can be to experiment and bring their new ideas to life in very concrete ways -- from the “Carpool Tunnel” social carpooling app to a completely pressure-based hydroponic agriculture system that automatically refills itself without the use of electronics…or sandals with soles made from recycled straws.
As Glenn says, "Spending time with Kal, Brian, and Ellyne has made me think differently about my own work. We are now using the principles of the *Weekend Movement to put together a program design session for TechSoup Asia. We will convene leading social innovation professionals in the region to rapidly prototype solutions that will help NGOs access and use technology."
Read about *Weekend in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.