CoVision is answering a call, too often silent, from millions of EU citizens under great amounts of psychological and emotional distress due to the isolation and confinement the current situation is imposing on us. Our motto is "Don't wait, reach!"
Vision and approach
CoVision is a platform aimed at reaching people to lend a helping hand when they might not have the strength to do themselves so. CoVision aspires to be the "trait d'union" between citizens, local organizations and the Institutions. CoVision aspires to proactively fight the ideas and practices of disconnection offering, on the contrary, local, clear and easy-to-reach solutions, thus, shedding light on the passion and efforts of millions who have been on the front lines for years against these diseases, not new to our society but amplified by the current situation. Optimization, not consumption, is a key guideline for the times ahead of ourselves, we need to make the best of what we have. Often times life could be easier if we had the right knowledge, this is more true if we take a look at the more vulnerable parts of our society, CoVision is hoping to be the bridge that leads to a safer and healthier society. CoVid-19 is showing us that we need to be a more inclusive and caring society, the Institutions listened and CoVision wants to be part of the solution.
Main target group: Single-parent-families Single-parent-family 3-11% of all households average 7,5% Children 6-28% average 17% of children living in single-parent-households
Isolated individuals/families with psychological and practical needs due to isolation Impact Model - The value proposition canvas
CoVision contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals:
Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 6 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
CoVision platform demo: link
CoVision use open standards, is open source and works with an open innovation approach in all technical endeavors to empower the European digital society.
Social Business Plan
A brief introduction to “Collective Impact”
In these times of deep trouble equity and cooperation are assuming a concrete meaning in our daily reality. This same core, and most human, principles are the same that drive and structure “Collective Impact”. First brought forth by a scholarly article in the Stanford innovation review by John Kania and Mark Kramer, the steps that local service providers need to take in order to implement this approach are: setting a common goal, set aside individual agendas, communicate with each other and engage in mutually reinforcing activities. This easy to take steps result in a stronger, tighter and healthier community, and ultimately creating an environment in which competition equals socially aware behaviours, not predatory ones. .
Social business means optimization
In the framework of the Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020, co-funded by the European Social Fund and the European Commission, the Italian region of Lombardia (Lombardy) has been granted almost one billion euros to carry out four main goal, two of which are “promote social inclusion” and “invest in human capital”. Sadly Lombardia is one of the region in which CoVid-19 took one of the highest tolls in the whole European Union, thus the money injected will provide a largely lower output, in terms of general empowering of the civil society, than the promoters envisioned. Yet the money is there, the point we are doing is how we use the resources we have. CoVision is the actor that wishes to be part of the creation of a network focused on nurturing the potential for the growth of human capital, in which the Institutions and the local NGOs have already invested great amounts of resources. In this particular stage, the added value we are bringing to the table is the potential for damage controlling the loss of value of previous investments, and in the future the generation of value through the generation of social cohesion from the local level upwards.
Some words should be said about feeding the project. This task is hard due to the high potential of scalability that CoVision offers, is not difficult to imagine it applied throughout the EU countries. This could work from Portugal to Poland from Sweden to Cyprus. Another variable to be taken in account is that the model could not benefit the target group we choose as reference, but could be applied to most of the risk groups. Last but not least, the longer the CoVision will be running the more pervasive and strong the network can become. Hence, pinpointing a given number of assets is rather challenging.
Privacy and data-protection issues
First of all handling enormous amounts of sensible partially health-related data is highly delicate. Running automated, analysis and matching on datasets of this character is a challenge and should only be considered after in-depth evaluation of the implications, ramifications and consequences. Transnational sets of person-relatable (health) datasets have not been merged until now to limit the vectors of possible misuse. Pesonal data has a special status of protection under the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) which is to be considered at all times.
Independent of the path of realisation it is highly favorable to minimize the scale of searchable or processable sets of personal data to an extent necessary and mindfully sliced to the purpose of the system and in the interest of every listed individual. All data must never be handled, processed or held on infrastructure outside of the EU.
CoVision Team & roles
Bianca Frentisor (Idea provider & team leader) I'm Bianca from Italy. I'm a more hybrid figure as a Business Designer, because I have knowledge of business strategy, marketing, basic UX, design thinking, business model canvas addicted, canvas in general. Recently I've worked as ICT Analyst&Project Manager for a web agency. But now I'm studying more of UX and Web Design from scratch. I have done some consultancy projects across Italy with Master Colleagues from Talent Garden Innovation School where we were trained to present, prototype, innovate, and pitch!
Vincent Hanke My name is Vincent (29). I'm from Hamburg, Germany and I have a background in political science. Currently, I'm working as a project manager and communications consultant. I am adaptable and very interested in learning new things while working in a team. It is my first hackathon so it's quite excited and happy to participate in your team!
Lia Calvelo I am a german-argentinian social worker currently living in Uruguay and working as an illustrator and author of educational material. I have a M.A. in Social Work, International Relations and Social Policy and am specialized in migrant, refugee, women, child support/advocay, project management and community work. Really looking forward to find proactive teammates in this hopeful collective endeavor! Oh, also I am a native German and Spanish speaker, fluent English and some basic French and Italian. If anybody needs help with translation, feel free to ask!
Francesco Di Vita I’m Francesco, I’m 24, I'm currently studying international and diplomatic science, This hackathon has been great to push the boundaries of my previous skills but I’m glad I took part. The synergy the we have been able to create has been astounding and grateful for that.
Claude de Rijke-Thomas I mainly have done data analysis, optimisation, and machine learning using Python and also have dabbled a little bit in other languages as well. I am provisionally thinking of creating objects for each person containing their data like addresses and stuff, and that way it should be possible to search for people in need in a particular place.
Philémon Baverel I'm Phil, french based in Amsterdam since 7 years. I'm freelance in motion and graphic design, as well as spray/graffiti artist. I'd be glad make my designs skills to use during the hackathon against the crisis we are facing at the moment! I'm also fluent in French, English, Spanish and Dutch if that's of any help.
Winni Kitzmann I am a social entrepreneur mostly in the field to empower civil society in Europe. I founded some organizations, so I can help in writing and networking, I am creative and would like to bring that skills into the project.
INSPIRATION OF THE INITIAL IDEA
From the starting idea to the CoVision platform - our nostalgic learning journey
"What do you think about the idea of creating a database ...datalake? Where we can unite different data from local institutions, NGO's, open source ones, ecc, mixing them, then we could maybe create an algorithm that finds the credentials, address, phone number of the persons in need according to some parameters which we have to figure out, and the next step should be finding Partners that want to collaborate and give their knowledge and help locally to list of persons that we give them? I'm thinking a lot about the idea of Deliveroo, Just Eat, and Glovo as starting points for the business model. Meaning that we should be an intermediary subject that puts in contact Local NGO's, their services, our knowledge and maybe a kit of tools to reach them (the users in need) with a volunteer participation from the NGO's. The project should be found from financial aids from institutions, aid foundations?"