Horyou Team

Horyou Presentation at Geneva Sciences

Written by Alejandra Cosio-Trigüis

The Horyou team had a stand at the Horyou Explanation of Platform Geneva Sciences Jobs Labs in the University of Sciences of Geneva, Switzerland. The fair lasted for two days and it allowed students and international companies to meet and share knowledge from different fields of sciences such as: mathematics, physics, IT, and others.

We had the opportunity to meet and exchange with international students who were interested in the field of innovation and the concept of Horyou. The Horyou team welcomed around 20 to 30 students and other professionals who attended the fair. Students with very interesting projects and later attended the presentation by Horyou where the platform was explained in detail along with the current events that are being organized.

The Horyou team enjoyed being part of this fair and was happy to meet students along with professionals from different practices.

Lift Conference 2015

Written by Dearbhla Gavin

Feb. 4 — The Lift Conference is known as being one of Europe’s key gatherings for innovation and technology. Horyou team members Dearbhla, Cintia, Lucas and Vincent attended the three-day event, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland. Cintia and Vincent manned the Horyou booth, ready to engage with those in attendance.

Horyou values interacting with individuals and organizations across all disciplines, and we certainly learned a lot from the diverse crowd at the conference. There were journalists, representatives of non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, major companies, students and other people interested in using technology for the greater good. Audience

Now in its tenth year, Lift got off to a remarkable start with “The Woman’s Touch,” its first workshop. Ha Lam, co-founder and chief executive of travel platform Triip, described the difficulties confronting her as a female entrepreneur. Growing up in Vietnam, she faced many obstacles to seeing her dreams become a reality. Two female entrepreneurs who spoke during "The Woman's Touch" Alexandra Gamarra, founder of Usetime, which measures employee productivity, also discussed her struggles as a female CEO. However, she stressed that everyone has the same amount of hours in a day, making anything possible.

In another workshop, serial entrepreneur Cornelius “Conny” Boersch spoke of an incredible positive change in statistics for startup companies: Their failure rate has plummeted from 60% to 20%. This provided a backdrop to the final event of Seedstars World, a competition among startups in emerging markets. The stage was filled with entrepreneurs from every demographic brought together by their shared beliefs and desire to act on their dreams.

The second day of the Lift Conference restored faith in the notion that the business world is willing to listen to customers and rethink corporate practices. As consumers are becoming more environmentally friendly, for example, many businesses are adapting to accommodate them. The Horyou team spoke with Altitude Marketing, which has re-engineered its business model in response to the changing social consciousness of its clients. Altitude now offers advertising and marketing solutions with a whole new philosophy of social responsibility and sustainability in mind.

This idea was echoed in a separate discussion on how even the financial world is going through a reformation in both internal regulations and external social awareness.

Lift concluded with a workshop on social development hosted by Alexandre Fasel, UN Ambassador Permanent Representative of Switzerland. Lift Conference Dearbhla explained to participants how Horyou can promote social change and be used to increase the visibility of actions around the world that are making a positive impact on society. The representatives of the various industries in attendance, as well as Mr. Fasel, were very receptive to Horyou’s commitment to social good.

Although Lift is a technology conference, its attendees are incredibly diverse. It is clear that all kinds of people are embracing a socially positive way of living as well as the technology that will facilitate its proliferation. The Horyou team left the conference enlightened about the developments in social good across all industries and reinvigorated to continue with our work.

Countless people across the world are acting on their dreams to make the world a better place, and Horyou is here to give them a voice. Vincent

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The Horyou Team spent a great day at the premises of Voix Libres on October 29th. Voix Libres is an international humanitarian association operating in Bolivia. It offers alternatives to child labor in mines, fields, garbage dumps and streets. Once trained and educated, the young people direct their own projects.

The team was involved in helping the organization with goods that arrived from Bolivia. With their hard work and remarkable involvement of volunteers from Bolivia, Switzerland, France and Belgium, 10,000 children are no longer sleeping hungry and 202 housing projects have been built or renovated. They also work on training young people and guiding them to take a different path, which ensures long-term development. The founder of Voix Libres, Marianne Sébastien, was one of the keynote speakers at the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF 2014).

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The Horyou Team arrived in the morning and was welcomed with a breakfast by the organization. Voix Libres’ staff and volunteers entertained the crowd with songs. During the fun and entertainment, some trucks arrived with boxes filled with quinoa, scarfs, scented candles and a few small purses. The quinoa, which was grown from grain crop for its edible seeds, is stocked in their premises and eventually will be sold. The profits will be returned to the foundation.

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The volunteers and the Horyou Team jumped into action and formed a long chain that stretched from the truck to a cave. The process was quite smooth and quick, as there were a good number of volunteers helping out. Once the trucks were unloaded, it went for a second trip to bring the remaining items. In the meantime, the team spent quality time with the staff and learned more about Voix Libres while a small part of the team was arranging and segregating candles that were to be put in a different truck. Once the trucks returned with more goods, the chain was formed again and they were all back in action moving boxes into the cave.

The lunch at Voix Libres included a big spread of delicious sandwiches, salads, fresh pizzas and desserts. After the meal, the volunteers swung back into action by forming the chain, and all the boxes were unloaded and delivered to the cave while some were loaded back into the trucks to be delivered to another location. The volunteers who came from different parts of Geneva and the Horyou team enjoyed a fulfilling and productive day at Voix Libres by helping this organization for a good cause. At the end of the day, everyone returned with a smile on their face and promised to meet again to help Voix Libres for more enriching experiences.

Meet Voix Libres on Horyou

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