Workforce Innovation Lab
Summit attendees were invited to get “hands-on” at the 2018 Summit Workforce Innovation Lab. The Lab included five different interactive stations that feature technology and program models that are having an impact on youth economic opportunity in a changing world of work.
Participants enhanced their cashier skills through virtual reality, tested a text message survey platform, critiqued their resume through a virtual career-center, and learned more about innovative technology shaping youth participation in local and international markets. Each station offered a fun, hands-on experience with organizations that are developing innovative solutions and leveraging advanced technological tools for youth social and economic opportunity.
See below for a full list of participating organizations and a brief description of each interactive activity that Summit attendees participated in:
Using the same simulation that a trade school uses, participants were guided by a digital coach and felt what it’s like to be a bar tender as a virtual reality apprenticeship experience.
GeoPoll is a leader in providing fast, high quality market research from areas that are difficult to access using traditional methods, conducting over 7 million surveys per year through the mobile GeoPoll is a leader in providing fast, high quality market research from areas that are difficult to access using traditional methods, conducting over 7 million surveys per year through the mobile phone.
Working with partners including NGOs, multilaterals, and academic groups, GeoPoll facilities projects that measure vital indicators. Participants took part in an interactive demo of their GeoPoll's message survey platform and viewed examples of recently collected data.
An interactive exhibit space co-hosted by two USAID knowledge sharing platforms: Agrilinks, an online hub where agriculture, food security and development practitioners connect, share and learn, and Marketlinks, a global platform where development professionals engage with the latest news and innovations in inclusive market systems development, finance, and poverty reduction.
Attendees tested their knowledge of food security, agricultural markets and youth with a daily trivia contest for a chance to get featured on our social media platforms, reaching more than 30,000 people!
Moroccan career center counselors and two Moroccan youth ambassadors shared onsite and online resources that are being used to successfully transition youth into labor markets and self-employment. There was a live demo of a range of career center offerings including work readiness training, labor market assessments/industry analysis and more.
Summit attendees learned about a replicable and scalable career center model for your specific context, all while enjoying a cup of Moroccan tea and sweets.
DAI showcased innovative technology solutions developed by and implemented across our portfolio through an interactive experience. Highlighting projects such as USAID Cambodia Development Innovations, Kosmos Innovation Center in Ghana, and DAI’s Global Center for Digital Acceleration, DAI demonstrated how technology is transforming youth participation in competitive markets, and solving challenges that hinder economic and social transformation.