Springster partners with Nutritional International

Less than a year after launching as a global brand Springster has landed, it’s first big donor partnership. Over the next two years, we will be working with the amazing Canadian non-profit Nutritional international to target malnutrition among adolescent girls in Indonesia using our thriving mobile community.

We all gathered at the Canadian Embassy recently for the launch of the partnership

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(yeah that’s me in the red listening intently to your CEO Farah’s speech….hi mom)

Read more about the event here and you can watch our super cute video that gives an overview of the work we’re doing below.

I spoke at the SBCC Summit

I spoke at the 2018 International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit exploring the thorny oxymorons that the development sector routinely wrestles with as it integrates digital platforms into behavior change work.

The panel was moderated by Laura Baringer, Senior Manager Girls Connect (Girl Effect)  and included Kecia Bertermann, Senior Manager Evidence, Girl Effect, Linda Raftree, Independent Consultant, and Samantha Jackson, Managing Director, Percolate Galactic

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We discussed how we can we both enable greater voice and participation while still ensuring that we are protecting young people and their privacy. We shared how on Springster and the work we do at Girl Effect we collect the data needed to be able to adapt platforms and content to users needs and interests while minimizing the data we collect so that were respecting privacy and reducing the potential for data breaches. We explored how we use our data to understand the contribution of mobile and online platforms to behavior change whilst complying with privacy laws and regulations?

 

 

Women and Girls Speak Up and Stay Safe: Media and Mobiles

vodafone 1.jpgI was invited by the Vodafone Americas Foundation and Internews, to be part of a panel discussion about empowering women and girls with tools to make their voices heard, but also we explored how we can keep girls and women safe in these digital spaces.

Alongside me on the Panel was Kat Duffy, Vice President of Global Technology Programs at Internews, Emily May, co-Founder of Hollaback!, Alli Maloney, the News and Politics Editor at Teen Vogue, and Solange Nyasoso, a human rights advocate and journalist from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They are all inspiring women who are doing great work to amplify the voices of women and girls online, and I was honored to share a platform with them!

GEM shortlisted for prestigious Mobile World Congress GLOMO award

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This article was originally published on Girl Effect.Org

 

In recognition of mobile innovation in emerging markets.

Girl Effect Mobile (GEM) has been shortlisted for a Glomo (Global Mobile) award for its work on connecting girls to important information, engaging content, and to one another.

GEM has been nominated for the ‘Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets’ award in the Social and Economic Development category. The awards will be presented at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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It’s a good day when Mark Zuckerberg gives your work a shout out

I’m not one for industry hot air blowing and bro-butt-slapping (which tech has a lot of) but it’s something special when the work you do makes you feel something deeply. I am so proud to have had Facebook’s Founder Mark Zuckerberg highlight Girl Effect Mobile today with a touching video about the impact Internet.org has had in Africa. It was also how Facebook chose to launch its global incubator for Free Basics project (which is also coincidentally being lead by the amazing South Africa team at my employer Praekelt Foundation).

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The moral of this story though is that when your work gives you warm, fuzzy and inspired feelings you know you’re on to something good, and the Girl Effect has been that and so much more to date. #Grateful to get paid to do what I love AND be able to do my bit to change the world in the process.

 

Our big wins at The Bookmarks!

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So proud of how well our team at Primedia Broadcasting did at this year’s Bookmarks Awards, South Africa’s digital industry’s very own Oscars. 

Our awards included a Silver for Publisher sites (mass appeal) – EYEWITNESS NEWS, a Bronze for Editorial (media – news, magazines, radio, and TV stations/networks) – 947. And the biggie fort the night an Honors Award for Best Publisher – EYEWITNESS NEWS!

Beating out the biggest news websites in the country for this accolade was such a thrill for the small but amazingly talented and committed EWN team. As the digital content (mama) manager that watches over just how hard they work to push the envelope every day, I couldn’t be any prouder!

Our elections coverage recognized

Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 7.03.15 PMSo proud of my BET News family! We won the Walter Cronkite Award For Excellence In Journalism for our body of US elections 2012 coverage including, the Second Coming documentary and coverage of the conventions and election night. If you’ll remember I worked as a researcher , PA and social media activations person for the live shows at BET News for the duration of the elections.

Read more about the award here. 

On a side note: since I suggested we enter this award I’m especially chuffed with my contribution to this happening 🙂

I’m famous! (not really)

I'm famous! (not really)

In recognition of Nelson Mandela’s upcoming 94th birthday, GlobalGrind put together a video series documenting how ‘Born Frees’ experience freedom in New York. I was one of the ‘Born Frees’ interviewed. Sharing my love for my country and gratitude for the legacy he has left, was an honour!

check out the video here