What do you get when you combine a young Nigerian working for gender equality in a team with an Austrian computer engineer working on satellite technology and a computer scientist working on an animation feature film in Pakistan?
Answer: You get a team at the YSI Global program 2018.
The YSI Global program is making an impact by addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with breakthrough solutions with youth from all across the globe. With collaboration to reach the SDGs with a fully-funded mentorship and prototyping of new business ideas with 21 chosen from 8650 youth that address the indicators within the SDGs. These are three of those 21.
These three individuals have said yes to participating in the YSI program 2018 and to explore the Sustainable Development Goals, creating a sustainable business venture this year. Here follows the three individuals selected for team 6:
Kennedy is the founder of the Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights, a non-profit organization that creates awareness and advocates for the rights of Nigerian women in the areas of female genital mutilation, gender-based violence and rape. He is also a member of the National Anti-FGM Network, supported by the Girl Generation and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID). In recognition of his work, the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) selected him as a 2017 Global Teen Leader and he is a finalist for the Outstanding Youth Delegate Award at the Youth Assembly at the U.N. this summer.
Between helping refugees learn programming and finishing his degree in computer engineering at Vienna University of Technology Alexander volunteers for the YSI Alumni Xyla Water as well as singing in a choir. In the beginning, he did not have much enthusiasm for Sustainable Development Goals, but his views changed radically in 2016 when he taught English in Tajikistan and went on to make his first international relationships on student conferences. In his final project he did a position control for a nano-satellite. He has a detailed knowledge of: C, VHDL, SQL, PHP, Java, Assembler, Electrical Engineering. He also has a good knowledge of: Matlab, PL/pgSQL, HTML, LaTeX, Automation and Control Systems.
Muhammad Bin Tahir Mir
He graduated from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) with a Bachelor in Computer Science and he is currently working as an animator on a feature film which he believes will set the bar for Pakistani cinema. He’s worked on projects that have demanded from him expertise in computer vision, augmented reality, software and web development, animation and sketching. His motivation is to improve the standard of living for Pakistanis and he’s explored different avenues and have had different approaches in his journey to do so.
All three applicants have their own unique background which we are interested to see how can be combined to make an impact. Are you? If you are then we hope you follow our updates in the time ahead.
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