Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum
Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum

It´s time to innovate! Horyou, the social network for social good, is receiving project applications for the next edition of the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF), a side event during COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, from November 9-11. The call for the Project Awards is addressed to students, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations and startups with a deadline set at September 20th.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria, which include addressing at least one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and use their best efforts to raise awareness and gain online support for their project. They also need to sign in on the Horyou Platform; registration is free of charge.

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During the SIGEF, an international jury will select 10 finalists who will present their projects on stage to a global audience of entrepreneurs, government officials and decision-makers, as well as the media and civil society. A monetary prize paid in Spotlights, the first social global currency for economic inclusion, will be awarded to the 3 best projects, during a high profile international award ceremony. Selected participants will get free access to the event to gain international visibility and the opportunity to expand their network.

For more information about the SIGEF 2016 Call for Projects, go to this link or send an email to


SIGEF 2016 is the leading side event during COP 22, in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 9-11 November. SIGEF 2016 is organized by Horyou to give visibility to initiatives that contribute to advancing social innovation, global ethics, and social good worldwide, along the lines of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. One of the key components of SIGEF 2016 is the Projects Hub, an area dedicated to socially innovative and ethical projects.

Plenary sessions, workshops, panels as well as cultural activities, networking events and interviews will take place during the 3 days of the event.

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Last year’s SIGEF saw 1800 participants, 50 exhibitions, 30 international Speakers, 8 thematic workshops and 6 group conversations; all leading to the creation of an exchange platform of innovative and ethical projects, ideas and actions from around the world. This exchange birthed partnerships, collaborations and winners of the SIGEF projects awards left empowered to take their initiatives to the next level.


Mehdi Hadj-Abed, creator of Eaunergie won the Best Project award. Eaunergie provides a solution to sanitary water distribution across the world, the initiative has spread it’s wings since being apart of SIGEF : “By coming to SIGEF and winning the Award, it was like I’ve won “wings” and now I’m flying! Today, I am in discussion with the Conseil General of Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur as an expert in water sanitation supply. I am also discussing with a big company on the distribution of EaumOb in the Indian Ocean territories. I feel like all the great things that have happened to me in the recent months are because of the SIGEF award. It confirmed that my project was a good one.”


Hector Alvarez, also won best project for Beyond Beanie; a social fashion brand started in March 2014. Each profit of a clothing item purchased goes to the support of the local artisans who make them in Bolivia. Hector stated: “SIGEF serves as the perfect engine to promote and catapult social projects, or simply to find out what else is out there. I definitely recommend everyone interested in global Social Good to take a serious look at the platform, as well as to participate in future SIGEF events.”

These success stories are part of the reason we are excited for SIGEF 2015 – Shaping better times to come. The Forum will take place from the 23rd to 25nd October 2015 at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva, Switzerland. The call for projects began in July 2015 and we are eager to receive all the inspiring and innovative projects on the Horyou platform.

Projects selected will be within the Projects Hub during the conference. This space is dedicated to displaying socially innovative and ethical projects that deserve to be showcased.

What exactly are socially innovative and ethical projects? They have three main key characteristics:

• An exemplary and original project that provides a unique, low cost, easy manipulation, non industrial solution to a problem.
• The projects must have ecological and sustainable parameters.
• The project is solution centered as opposed to profit centered.

Horyou believes in the projects and actions posted on the platform from all types of fields and industries. They are a source of inspiration that need to be supported and brought to light. This demands a rhetorical reflection as well as practical and useful ideas in accordance with strategic methods that provide an effective and durable solution. SIGEF 2015 will be the ideal platform to facilitate coordination and networking of these strategies and actions coming from its participants. By promoting private and public partnerships, developing common methods and criteria it takes social innovation and ethics to the next level. The forum will also attempt to come up with and offer concrete means by which to facilitate investment opportunities in various domains.

There are three deadlines to submit projects:

• First deadline: August 15th
• Second deadline: September 15th
• Third deadline: September 30th

The award ceremony will take place on October 25th . Three projects will receive the SIGEF award supported by the Horyou Foundation and in respective amounts in the following order: Jury Price: 5 000 CHF Second Runner – Up: 2 000 CHF Third Runner – Up: 1 000 CHF


For a chance to participate please submit your project by signing up to Horyou as a member and post your project on the platform.

For more detailed information and contact information click here.

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Science x Kickstarter Hackathon was held Feb. 28 and March 1 at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The weekend was dedicated to collaboration among scientists, artists, designers and writers, and bringing those ideas to life. Kickstarter is a website to help fund creative projects through pledges and donations.

At this particular event, there were 16 projects that people could sign up for to help support a team in need. On Saturday, all 16 teams presented their projects:

Horyou found it interesting to learn about the projects and how dedicated the team members are to their success. With the help of Kickstarter and participants of this event, we hope to see these projects flourish and gain the exposure they need. Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 3.12.00 PM “We’re delighted by the diversity of the projects that were selected for this event,” said Francois Grey, coordinator of the Citizen Cyberscience Centre. “There’s everything from artificial intelligence for sorting trash to laser cooling for detecting antimatter, and from studying the genetics of beer to GPS-enabled harnesses for rescue and mine-sniffing dogs. (Citizens Cyberscience Centre)”

Thank you to Francois Grey from CERN for inviting us to this fantastic event.

SIGEF 2014

The Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum was hosted by Horyou at the CICG in Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 22nd-24th. The forum welcomed more than 2,000 participants and Personalities. The forum held six plenary sessions and eight thematic workshops, with 30 international speakers and 50 exhibition stands. SIGEF 2014 welcomed a large international crowd. It was a special moment for each and every individual who attended the first edition of the forum.

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On the opening day, the forum began with a Meet and Greet Breakfast for media, the speakers and partners who are part of SIGEF 2014. The opening remarks followed the session “Cities of the Future,” led by Sou Fujimoto, and Christian Brunier, CEO of Services Industriels de Genève, Didier Hamon, general secretary of the Aéroports de Paris, and Gorka Espiau, director of innovation for cities and regions, The Young Foundation. At the end of each day, SIGEF hosted an evening at Place de la Navigation, where people were able to connect through music, food and presentations.


On the Oct. 23rd, SIGEF hosted documentary screenings and a session on “Arts and Education for Empowerment” led by Mr Reza Deghati, Ray Lema, Christian Holl and Favio Chavez. Genevieve Morand co-led the session on CSR, “The Beginning of a Journey,” and Richard Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation, took the stage to speak on “Science and Technology for Better Times.”


At the end of the second day, the SIGEF awards took place and SIGEF was proud to present the award to Hector Alvarez, who is the co-founder of, which is a social clothing brand that helps children in Bolivia. By purchasing a beanie, five meals are provided to a child in that country.

On the final day of SIGEF, Socialphilia CEO Gaby Castellanos took the stage alongside Mishal Hamed Kanoo, chairman of The Kanoo Group. The session was a productive and SIGEF ended with closing remarks by the CEO of Horyou, Yonathan Parienti.

SIGEF 2014 brought together people to share ideas, thoughts and to make a remarkable difference in this world for this generation and the next. It helped participants reflect by hearing wonderful presentations from the keynote speakers and plenary sessions. Horyou is proud to have hosted SIGEF 2014 and we look forward to seeing you all at SIGEF 2015.

Breaking News!

The Horyou Team is happy to announce that the final deadline for “Call for Projects” is October 10, 2014. Spread the word! We welcome all social entrepreneurs with positive projects to participate.

If you are interested, register your project at Horyou and apply online at: SIGEF 2014 Projects

Once the application is complete, share your project with your friends, family, supporters and the whole world.

Two awards will be granted:

  • Prix du Public will be chosen by SIGEF 2014 attendees and participants. The selected project will receive CHF 8,000.
  • Coup d’Coeur will be chosen by the SIGEF 2014 organizing team. The selected project will receive CHF 2,500.

Let us know if you have any questions. See you at SIGEF 2014!

Cheers. The Horyou Team

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