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Telenor Youth Forum holds its Oslo finale today, showcasing four new ideas that leverage mobile and digital technology to benefit human health.

Sixteen Telenor Youth Forum delegates (for the 2018-2019 programme) have worked over the last four days in Oslo to develop solutions aimed to reduce inequalities within global health. These health-related challenges are to optimize agriculture, ensure clean water, reduce the rise of non-communicable diseases and support a growing elderly population.

“Every year, we run the Telenor Youth Forum to give a global platform to passionate youth who want to start a change in the world,” said SigveBrekke, Telenor Group President and CEO.

The TYF 2018-2019 Delegates Propose

“We wish this year’s Telenor Youth Forum delegates the best of luck,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan.

Addressing the agricultural challenge, TYF delegates, Sameen Alam (Bangladesh), Rachel Loh (Malaysia), Ingrid Rasmussen (Denmark) and Emilie Udnæs (Norway), propose a digital collaboration platform which enables small-scale farmers to team up to rate and sell their crops to middlemen, magnify their bargaining power and share transport costs.

It also reduces biases against women farmers by withholding information about the gender of the farmer, focusing only on the quality of the crops, prices, and transport.

TYF delegates Saima Khan (Bangladesh), Lucas McNabb (Sweden), Asma Ladak (Pakistan) and Nang Yin Yin Win Nwe (Myanmar) took on the challenge of ensuring clean water. They propose a solution that allows low income or rural families to report water contamination issues through simple feature phones.

Very often, water quality goes unreported in poorer communities and their feature phone-driven proposal connects the people in need with the people and organizations and authorities who can help. Higher income smartphone users can then be connected via an app to donate and to follow up with the program.

Tackling the challenge of non-communicable diseases, MaiedaJanjua (Pakistan), Gabrielle Stööp (Sweden), Cherngchay Tacho (Thailand) and Felicia Yoon (Malaysia) propose a digital platform addressing mental health.

Taking on the challenge of supporting a growing elderly population via digital solutions, Djaco Ahmad (Denmark), Kristine SchiNordvold (Norway), ThanapaUkaranum (Thailand) and ThihaZaw have produced a concept for a platform that allows elderly people to monetize the skills and experiences they have built over their lives.

From Strangers to Social Entrepreneurs

In just four days, these delegates, once just individual applicants in a 5,000+ person talent pool, have gone from complete strangers to productive close-knit teams of social entrepreneurs.

The four teams will be scored throughout the programme based on concept proposals in Oslo in December, on progress between the Oslo kick-off event and the finale event in Bangkok in May 2019, which includes a final pitch.

The winning team will be awarded NOK 100,000 to further develop their solution. The four teams’ challenges, journey and their final concepts are then featured in a digital exhibition, sponsored by Telenor Youth Forum and the Nobel Peace Center.

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