On Monday, November 30, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (EET), the online event “ChildRescue App: cutting edge technology for child protection” took place, co-organized by MADE and INNOVATHENS powered by Samsung, Technopolis City of Athens.
Language of the event: Greek
The ChildRescue project funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 for research and innovation) has led in the last 3 years to the development of the ChildRescue App, which is already in use in Greece and Belgium. It aspires to effectively reduce the primary period between the moment a child is reported missing and the one when it is found, and to help predict and prevent the disappearance of Children in Migration, by increasing accuracy and timeliness of publicly and privately available information, by performing evidence-based predictions on the whereabouts of children in distress, and by providing location-based audience targeting of mobile alerts.
Using the ChildRescue App, the aim is to increase collective awareness and encourage immediate participation and action at the community level. In Greece the participating organisations using the application are the Child Smile and the Greek Red Cross, and in Belgium Child Focus. With them, the international organization "Missing Children Europe", the Decision Support Systems Laboratory, the Frankfurt University of Applied Scences, and several companies, collaborated for the development and implementation of the program.
The dimensions that emerged through the online discussion were about how innovation can be put in the service of a social purpose, the viability of similar projects, and the effectiveness and response of society as a whole to technologies with social content. Mr. Antonis Oikonomou Project Manager of INNOVATHENS in his introduction, referring to the activities and the contribution of the Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens, commented on how organisations such as Innovathens, function as a form of informal education for Culture and information and open dialogue with citizens on developments in innovation and new technologies. He also noted that from the experience of the organisation in participating in European social content programs, the common challenge for social projects is always sustainability.
The ChildRescue project, its platform and the accompanying apps were presented by Dr Christos Ntanos of the DSS Lab, and Dr Stefanos Alevizos and Irini Rizopoulou of Smile of the Child. Lastly, Giannis Dionatos editor of the Startupper magazine, discssed on the need to familiarise children and parents with new technologies, as well as to maximise the impact and the exploitative results of research projects.
17.00 Introduction//Antonis Oikonomou, Project Manager of INNOVATHENS Powered by Samsung
17.15 Introductory Comments on ChildRescue//Mantalena Kailis, MADE
17.20 Introducing ChildRescue App//Dr. Christos Ntanos, ChildRescue Program Coordinator, Systems and Administration Laboratory, National Technical University
17.30 Presentation Of Childrescue App Use Results, // Stephanos Alevizos, Psychologist (M.Ed, PhDc), National Center For Disappearances And Child Victims Of Exploitation & Irini Rizopoulou, Social Worker – Line Manager, National Hotline for SOS Children 1056,The Smile of the Child
17.50 Commentary on innovation ideas// Giannis Dionatos, Editor, STARTUPPER Magazine