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    The 1st Digital Currency for Inclusion and Advancement of the UN SDGs, Presented at the WSIS 2019 Forum

    The most prominent ICT Forum was the right setting for Horyou, the social network for social good, to establish the relevance and timeliness of its digital currency with a purpose


    Geneva, April 2019 — HoryouToken was introduced by Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou, the social network for social good, at the World Summit on the Information SocietyWSIS Forum 2019 -, the most prominent global ICT event co-organized by United Nation agencies ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, which gathered industry representatives and government officials from 193 countries and took place from 8-12 April, in Geneva.

    During a high-level policy session on inclusiveness and access to information, as well as in a workshop around HoryouToken*, Yonathan Parienti, initiator of the concept of a Blockchain with a Purpose, elaborated on the relevance and timeliness of a socially inclusive digital currency. His contribution to the forum, especially in the ‘Technology for Sustainable Development and Impact in an Ever-Changing World’ workshop, highlighted the role of HoryouToken to support social good actions, information and projects, echoing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. While making it possible for any person to support social good, HoryouToken also provides access to a redistribution service called Proof of Impact, a traceable, transparent system that will monetize daily transactions and fund real-world social good projects, people and organizations around the world.

    Many entrepreneurs, citizens and members of the youth are waiting for the extra push for their projects and social good actions, which can be made through visibility but also funding. This is the reason why we developed a currency for inclusion – a transparent, decentralized way to impact people, leveraging a global community of changemakers”, said Mr. Parienti during the high-level policy session.

    Yonathan Parienti highlighted the power of social networks like Horyou, which promotes meaningful connectivity amongst its global community, spreading to more than 180 countries. “These citizens are shaping tomorrow’s world and sharing initiatives that touch their hearts. They represent culture, art, diversity and advance innovation“, he added.

    The WSIS Forum has traditionally promoted cutting-edge discussions about disruptive innovations thanks to its crowdsourced agenda, which has put topics such as Big Data, AI and Blockchain at the center stage, gathering from innovative corporations and startups, government officials to members of the youth and social entrepreneurs. ”Being among such important actors in this ecosystem is a mere proof that we are following the right path for social innovation and technology for good”, declared Mr. Parienti.

    *HoryouToken (HYT) is listed on CoinTiger and LATOKEN.

    Vivian Soares, Horyou Media Relations
    +41 (0) 22 321 98 20

    Horyou, the social network for social good, has traditionally supported social innovation projects and events that are committed with technology for good. Acting as media partner we are pleased to introduce you with the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines as a very interesting gathering to learn more on Blockchain technology and explore it as accelerator of social innovation and economic development. By resonating with the values of Horyou and our Utility Token supporting social and economic inclusion: HoryouToken, the Blockchain with a Purpose, we are proud to announce this Conference to our Community of Changemakers.

    Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference is an Horyou Media Partner

    On December 6, Manila will welcome the second Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines by Smile-Expo – the large event focused on DLT and crypto coins. The last year’s meeting has gathered 300 guests, 12 companies in the demozone and top speakers from top world companies.

    Who will speak at the conference?

    At this year’s event, sphere’s top professionals will discuss the topical issues regarding the technology and the crypto industry’s trends.

    The Co-Founder and CCO at Satoshi Citadel Industries Miguel Cuneta will deliver the presentation “You Probably Don’t Need Blockchain For It.” During his talk, the expert will explain when blockchain is not needed and regular database is enough.

    The event will also include the panel discussion “Smart Contracts and Legal Contracts.” Among the participants there will be Rafael Padilla, one of the establishers of Blockchain Association of the Philippines (BAP). The organization spreads the crypto knowledge and unites DLT enthusiasts to promote the global adoption of the technology.

    BBC Philippines Speakers

    Business Owner at Tagcash – Mark Vernon will explain what are the permissioned blockchains and will demonstrate use cases with MultiChain and Stellar. During his speech, the expert will focus on shared KYC, international remittance and supply chain tracking.

    Lito Villanueva, Chairman at, will give an insight into the digital assets as liquid alternatives in investment. The goal of his organization is to stimulate innovations and promote the expansion of the technology.

    Jorge Azurin, CEO & Founder at MediXserve, will describe how DLT works in the medical industry, present real-life use cases and examine the future of healthcare with blockchain.

    What else is waiting for visitors?

    The conference will also involve the demozone, where DLT-based corporations will have a space to present their new crypto products to the audience.

    Pitch-sessions will be a part of the program as well – during small presentations, crypto startups will acquaint the guests with their ideas.

    Networking will present the opportunity to find potential business partners and investors.

    Venue and tickets

    In honor of Bonifacio Day, the organizer of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines – Smile-Expo – is giving a 50% discount on tickets. You can buy them from November 29 to December 5 inclusive.

    • Discounted ticket price: $50.
    • Undiscounted ticket price: $99.

    The conference will take place in luxurious Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Makati. The event program and details are available on the website. Join the blockchain revolution right now!

    Use the discount >>>


    The event will be coordinated by the company Smile-Expo – an organizer of 48 successful blockchain events in 25 countries.

    On November 28th, the European Youth Award, one of the most important awards supporting young entrepreneurs, will be celebrating its 2018 edition in Graz, Austria, with an event focused on the future of digital technologies. The EYA Festival and Gala will gather digital experts, startups and disruptive project holders to celebrate young talents and join forces for a better world. A long-term Horyou partner, EYA’s project manager Birgit Kolb gave us this interview and talks about social entrepreneurship, digital creativity and the use of information for good.

    Birgit Kolb, EYA project manager

    What is the main purpose of EYA?

    Digital technologies are most powerful tools to tackle the social challenges people face every day. EYA’s main purpose is to bring together young people sharing this view. We are the Internet of entrepreneurs who care, and by joining forces, we want to create a better world.

    What is the connection between social entrepreneurship and digital creativity?

    Powerful technologies should be used wisely to create more freedom and wealth. The European Youth Award celebrates the idea of improving society through new technologies. That may be mobile apps or the Internet of Things, digital communication channels or robots, there is a lot of creativity in the submitted projects. Huge positive impact on society can be achieved with state-of-the-art technology. EYA Winning Projects use digital possibilities in a very smart and creative way; they enrich them with social intention and thereby create awesome solutions to the challenges many people face.

    We live in a world where information is key but could also be a threat if not used wisely. How are you approaching this?

    EYA Winners are a positive example of using information wisely for a good purpose. We want to motivate and inspire others by putting them on stage. Take for example this year’s winner in the “Active Citizenship” category: Soliguide is a platform providing homeless people and refugees with helpful information and easing their lives. Or Blood Donor, a winner in the Fostering Health category: the app improves the communication between the National Centre for Blood Transfusions and the individual donors to share information if blood is urgently needed. It may be vital that certain informations reach the right target groups in time. These changemakers join the European Youth Award because they want to learn and take part in a community of people sharing that same inspiration.

    Please mention some of the most interesting speakers or business cases that will be showcased this year.

    The EYA Festival is a reunion of great people. They create a very special atmosphere of togetherness, creativity and fun. Personally, my favorite session is the EYA campfire, when EYA mentors like Belkis Etz and Markus Leitner (SKIDATA), Wolfgang Schaffer (bitmedia), Thomas W. Albrecht (TWA Mentale Innovation GmbH), Karim Taga (Arthur D. Little), Reinhard Mayr (COPA-DATA) and many other experienced business leaders will share their personal stories with the Festival Participants. I am also looking forward to the workshop with Sarah Klein and Eva Verfürth of Tea after Twelve. They will talk about how to counter fake news and drama – a superhot topic. Another highlight will be the workshop “Blockchain for social impact: does it make sense to move your project on blockchain?” conducted by Odeta Iseviciute. On Friday we will conduct for the first time the so-called “EYA Solution Jam”: Companies like Gofore, Mountain Marketing, HEIJAR, rsa SAT, the styrian SFG, the City of Graz and mladiinfo will present real-life business challenges. In a creative and productive process, the Festival participants will try to come up with smart solution concepts and new approaches. This is going to be super-interesting.

    EYA is a Horyou Partner. If you want to become involved, contact them on this email address.

    The Light Challenge


    Support the SDGs!
    Take the #HoryouLightChallenge

    This world is the one thing we all have in common! By working together, we can achieve great good things for the future of humanity. Change for social good, however, is an everyday endeavor and it starts with you and us to inspire others around us.

    To put this idea into practice, Horyou has decided to set up the #HoryouLightChallenge for all changemakers, in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals!

    As a proponent of the SDGs, our Horyou community believes in the power of positivity and is constantly spreading positive actions and ideas worldwide; and by ensuring international cooperation and inclu- sion, it directly promotes SDG#17.

    Be a part of this global partnership and take our #HoryouLightChallenge. All you have to do is choose one SDG, support it with a positive action (see examples below), and share it on Horyou.

    Together, we can show the world that every expression of positivity, no matter how big or small, has a great positive impact. Each one of us, in our own way, can be a light within our own community and be- yond. Share your light with the ones around you and the SDGs will be met.

    To take the challenge and have a chance to win an all inclusive trip to Singapore and participate in SIGEF18 (or one of our many other prizes*), we invite you to use your creativity and share your social good actions with Horyou.

    #HoryouLightChallenge Instructions

    • Create an account on
    • Create your Horyou Light Challenge post (photo, video or text) on the platform with the one SDG that you have selected among the 17 SDG examples. You can also create your own positive challenge and post it!
    • Share your Horyou post via Twitter, Facebook or any other Social Media with the #HoryouLightChallenge hashtag, along with the hashtag of the SDG that you have supported (ex: #SDG7)
    • Invite your friends to light (watch how lights work here) your post on Horyou
    • Try to get the largest number of lights and win a trip to SIGEF18 Singapore!

    17 SDGs challenge examples

    Make a contribution to a charity of your choice or directly to a person in need
    Prepare your favorite dish for someone who can’t afford to have it
    Share a healthy food recipe
    Educate / share your educational sources on a topic you’re passionate about
    Share an inspiring speech from someone defending gender equality
    Share the ways in which you can reduce water waste in your community
    Tell us about your favorite source of renewable energy and how it supports sustainable development
    Share with us how your job or dream job contributes to sustainable economic growth
    Tell us which innovative idea you would invest in
    Tell us about the most inspiring action you’ve done to help others
    Use your bike or public transport to go to work
    Share tips on package free/ second hand/ fair trade and ethic shopping
    Sort out your waste for recycling
    Pick up the trash on your favorite beach/ lake/ river
    Plant a tree
    Tell us about your favorite figure promoting peace and justice and post one of his/her inspiring quotes
    Share your challenge on the Horyou platform and light your favorite posts

    Are you up to the challenge? Go ahead, pick your SDG, engage your friends and be a special guest on the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum in Singapore.

    Take the challenge!
    Be the change, be Horyou


    All Inclusive (flight + hotel) 3 days Trip to Singapore and a free ticket to participate in the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF 2018) + T-shirt and Bag
    A free ticket to participate in the SIGEF 2018 +100 Spotlights + Ambassador opportunity + T-shirt and Bag
    …30 Horyou Bags and T-shirts for the 30 remaining most lighted posts
    The challenge will be running until June 18th 2018


      launches #HoryouLightChallenge to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


       On its 4th anniversary, Horyou, the Social Network for Social Good will invite the winner to attend to the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum in September 2018, in Singapore.
      Geneva, December, 2017 – Horyou, the social network for social good, is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a challenge for internet users to spread positivity around the world. #HoryouLightChallenge aims to bring changemakers together to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


      «Our Horyou community is constantly spreading positive actions and ideas. #HoryouLightChallenge is an opportunity to bring more people together to meet the SDGs and build a better future benefitting all», explains Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou. The social network was officially launched in December, 2013 and it has gathered more than 250,000 members and 1,800 non-profit organizations globally.


      The challenge is open to all members of the Horyou community and to future joiners. Participants are to select one or more SDGs and show their support with a related positive action and share it on Horyou with the matching hashtag, spreading it on such social media channels as Twitter, Instagram and other and inviting friends to light their content.


      The winner will be the author of the post on Horyou that has received the largest number of lights, and the 1st prize is an all inclusive 3-day trip to Singapore to participate in the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF 2018), in September 2018. «In addition to supporting the SDGs, Horyou would like its members to use their creativity and be a light within their community and beyond», says Yonathan Parienti.


      #HoryouLightChallenge will accept participants up to June 18th, 2018. First and second runner-ups will be offered free entrance to SIGEF 2018, Horyou T-Shirt and Positivity Bag as well as 100 Spotlights, the global social currency for economic inclusion, which was officially launched in India, during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).


      Horyou Light Challenge Instructions:




      • Create your #HoryouLightChallenge post (photo, video or text) on the platform with the one SDG that you have selected among the 16 SDG examples. You can also create your own positive challenge and post it!



      • Share your Horyou post via Twitter, Instagram or any other Social Media with the #HoryouLightChallenge hashtag, along with the hashtag of the SDG that you have supported (ex: Quality Education #SDG4)



      • Invite your friends to light (watch how lights work on Horyou here) your post



      • Try to get the largest number of lights and win a trip to SIGEF18 Singapore!


      Full information regarding the #HoryouLightChallenge terms, conditions and examples, can be found on


      Be the change, be Horyou!

        Horyou’s 4th edition of SIGEF 
        At EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan

        Horyou organizes the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum to discuss Future Energy, Smart Cities, SDGs, and leads official delegation to EXPO 2017 Astana


        SIGEF 2017 will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan

        Geneva, 17th of July, 2017 — Horyou, the Social Network for Social Good, announces the  4th edition of SIGEF, the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum. The world-class event will take place on the 5th of September 2017, at Rixos President Astana Hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan. It will be followed by an official delegation’s visit to EXPO 2017 on the 6th and 7th of September. 

        With a team of top-class international speakers, panelists and moderators, SIGEF will cover three of the most critical issues of our time – Smart Cities, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Future Energy. «With SIGEF, Horyou is committed to encouraging multi-stakeholders to gather, interact, and establish partnerships to shape better times to come. SIGEF will bring together social entrepreneurs, impact investors, philanthropists, government officials and representatives from civil society, to spread the message that we can all be changemakers», says Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou.


        Last year, SIGEF was the leading side event at the UN COP22, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The 3-day conference was attended by a 2500-wide international audience, while offering a space for non-profit organizations from all around the world, staging artistic acts, organizing an Horyou Foundation dinner, and presenting an award for social impact projects. It was the first SIGEF to be held out of Europe and in Africa.

        This year, reinforcing its global presence and impact, Horyou is organizing the first SIGEF in Central Asia, with an agenda of discussions deeply anchored in the future of our interconnected societies. At the opening and end of the one-day SIGEF conference, the participants will have the opportunity to meet and greet some of the most important players in social entrepreneurship, as well as business leaders, funders and government officials, during a special networking session.

        On the 6th and 7th of September, Horyou and the SIGEF team will lead an official visit to the country pavilions of EXPO 2017 Astana, the biggest future energy gathering this year. «We are thrilled to bring our SIGEF international delegations to connect with participants from all continents who are attending EXPO 2017 Astana, to build bridges of collaboration and foster sustainable solutions that will benefit our societies», says Parienti.

        More information on

        The agenda can be consulted here

        Vivian Soares, Horyou Media Relations
        +41 (0) 22 321 98 20
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