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Literal connection

Technology skills can be acquired early through play. Now, with its new app, a Dutch startup is supporting an important area of education in schools. The goal: to make reading attractive for children and young people. Being able to read isn’t just important, it also promotes concentration, reduces stress, develops language skills and fosters our sense of imagination. Teachers...

Promoting perception

Given the right entertainment factor, people are happy to go without plastic bottles. Now, a Brazilian startup is helping children and young people on the autism spectrum to learn through play. Their app is based on specialist knowledge and uses the effect of visual perception, which, after all, is closely related to rational thinking and emotional intelligence. An association...

Signalling knowledge

Combining solar modules provides remote communities with electricity. Now, a man from the Democratic Republic of Congo is making internet access affordable for his fellow citizens. His startup, launched in Canada, uses small boxes of computer components to harness satellite signals and establish local wireless networks. The resulting ‘digital library’ in Kinshasa can supply internet for up to 100...

Studied influence

We can study how to stay human and enjoy setting sustainable goals. Companies can change their carbon footprint for the better. The University of Cincinnati has recently opened a centre that helps future leaders navigate the link between sustainability and business. The aim? To support the establishment of Clean-tech startups that help develop environmentally-friendly solutions. Equal focus is placed...

Fair growth

Creating diverse working environments is important. Increasingly, for People of Color, owning one’s own business is a genuine possibility. Now, the Canadian province of Ontario is expanding its support for people of different ethnic backgrounds. Over two years, $5 million is being invested in a program that startups can apply for online. Successful applicants will receive financial support of...

Past present

Nowadays you can find almost everything online, including films made by and starring Black people. Now, a woman from Milwaukee is providing further insight into Black lives. To celebrate ‘Black History Month’, she, along with her son and daughter-in-law, has launched an app that tests our knowledge of Afro-American history and culture in a playful way. There are 10...

Audible aid

Young people are interested in sustainability and innovation. Some can conjure a smile from unlikely sources. Thanks to two Californian primary school teachers and their students, a new hotline has been providing English- and Spanish-speaking callers with a source of joy since February. Anyone feeling angry, frustrated or nervous can call to receive words of encouragement from kindergarten kids,...

Cultured learning

Lang may yer lum leek. A common enough expression in Scots, but good luck working out what it means. An Inuk woman from Canada is offering online language courses in Inuktitut, her mother tongue. The goal? To help people reconnect with Inuit culture, and ensure that Inuktutit is kept alive. The dialect was banned during colonisation, meaning it is...

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