The project started when we asked ourselves: “how can we integrate the innovation process in UNICEF and its partners’ work”? In late 2013 UNICEF piloted the idea by organizing three mobile innovation labs in Managua, Bilwi and Bluefields. As a result of these successful experiences, BICU, one of the two leading universities in the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua (campuses in both autonomous regions, with 6 antennas in rural areas), expressed its interests in creating an Innovation Lab in its main campus in Bluefields to systematically identify and promote innovation.
The Lab has a long term vision of contributing to the strengthening of the protective environment and the capacity of children and adolescents to protect themselves from violence and other social risks. The idea is to empower youngsters by giving them the opportunity to gain transferrable skills while participating in the co-creation process to solve local problems, global exchange of knowledge and experiences, and the work with children and adolescents.
At the same time, the lab plays an important role in mobilizing diverse audiences in seeking innovative solutions for protection of children and adolescents, especially prevention of violence, and probing its effectiveness and efficacy for future scaling up.
In order to operationalize the Lab, there is not much investment needed if we can tap into the partnerships and collaboration. The Lab will mobilize different modalities of partnership to support its activities and develop a sustainability.
Bluefields. For the first time, the Bluefield, Indian and Caribbean University (BICU) is being visited by a delegation from Villanova University (Pennsylvania, USA) and the National Engineering University or UNI ...
*Through the use of free technologies Bluefields- Free geodata technologies have been used to map the city of Bluefields in the Southern Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCS). This initiative strengthened ...
*This initiative will allow them to take ownership of their own environment. Bluefields, March 25. The collaborative OpenStreetMap project, whose goal is to create a free map of the world, ...
Professor Pritpal Singh from Villanova University in the USA talked about renewable energies and entrepreneurialism with BICU students. Bluefields.- With the aim of fostering innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit among ...
Bluefields - In collaboration with UNICEF, the Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU) organized an internship fair at which UNICEF presented internship opportunities to students from the BICU and the ...
Bluefields, Nicaragua. Today marked the launch of the pilot phase of the Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University’s (BICU) Innovation Laboratory, developed with technical and financial support from UNICEF, the first ...
Por Marta García Terán.- Gretel Centeno de 15 años y Jecxe García de 17, sonríen mientras me cuentan que van juntas a clase en el Instituto Politécnico Cristóbal Colón de ...
*16 niñas, niños y adolescentes aportaron a las propuestas. Laguna de Perlas, RACCS.- Un campamento de innovación social para diseñar soluciones innovadoras a problemas que afectan el cumplimiento de los ...
Laboratorio de Innovación
Opportunity for exchanging new ideas
For the first time, the Bluefield, Indian and Caribbean University (BICU) is being visited by a delegation from Villanova University (Pennsylvania, USA) and the National Engineering University or UNI (Managua, Nicaragua). The objective of the visit is for students and professors of Villanova and UNI to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences with BICU. Students in their third year of Engineering at Villanova University are visiting Nicaragua during their Spring break to better understand the local context and problems. Their objective is to “design” innovative solutions in collaboration with
Young people from Bluefields looking for solutions through mapping and free technologies
he collaborative OpenStreetMap project, whose goal is to create a free map of the world, organized a mapping workshop in the Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU) with support from UNICEF and BICU. This global project is very active in Nicaragua and has a national chapter in the country known as MapaNica.
1er Boletín Laboratorio de Innovación - BICU
Este es la primera hoja Informativa del Laboratorio de Innovación de la BICU, cuyo propósito es dar a conocer el quehacer del Laboratorio y motivar a otros estudiantes y profesionales de Bluefields a integrarse a este espacio de generación del conocimiento
2do Boletín Laboratorio de Innovación - BICU
Este es el segundo Boletín Informativo del Laboratorio de Innovación de la BICU, cuyo propósito es dar a conocer el quehacer del Laboratorio y motivar a otros estudiantes y profesionales de Bluefields a integrarse a es te espacio de generación de conocimiento. A continuación se de tallan las diferentes actividades realizadas en la segunda mitad del año 2016.
BICU Innovation Laboratory Newsletter
This is the second informative Newsletter r o f the BICU Innovation Lab. The aim of this bulletin is to disseminate the Lab’s work and motivate o the r students and profesionales from Blue fields to integrate this relative space. The different activities o organized during the second seems te rare described below
Informe anual 2015 del Laboratorio de Innovación
Anual Report 2015 BICU Innovation Laboratory