i-SMART team aims to introduce a standardized skill rating matrix for the assessment of the workers’ skills, reducing the chances of exploitation and underappreciation of talents in factories. Through training and equipment dry-run in the factory, they will deploy the rating process and remotely monitor the progress through telephone/VC/e-mail. The pilot aims to complete the rating of 1000 sewing workers showing 09 different generic skill rating scores during the pilot phase, collect the feedback of direct stakeholders (women sewing workers and supervisors and management), and meet other prospective garment manufacturers for wider adoption across the industry. During the incubation phase, i-Smart will roll out the pilot at Aswad Composite Mills Ltd. (Partner Factory). During the incubation phase, i-Smart will roll out the pilot at Aswad Composite Mills Ltd. (Partner Factory).
Urban Innovation Challenge exists for one reason: to provide an enabling platform for young social entrepreneurs to solve some of the pressing urban challenges of our time through their entrepreneurial ventures.
The winners of this challenge received a wide-range of incubation support from BRAC that include pre-seed grant, office space, capability building bootcamps, mentorship, and pitching opportunity to investors. We have arranged two editions of Urban Innovation Challenge with BRAC Urban Development programme so far, incubating 12 startups from their ideation stage.
With this in mind, UNICEF ROSA and BRAC joined hands to launch the Regional WASH Innovation Challenge in 2018, calling for ideas on three categories: innovative behavioural change campaign and appropriate technologies to nudge mothers and caregivers and development of innovation systems to measure and monitor hand washing at home, schools and hospitals. More than 800 submissions were received and 55 short-listed teams were taken through a five-step WATER Challenge where they came up with unique solutions. Finally, three teams were announced as winners in the regional finale in Bhutan.