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Vodafone Social Innovator of the Year

The Vodafone Social Innovator of the Year competition aims to bring the Foundation Group strategy of ‘Connecting for Good’ into our workplace and create a culture of social innovation.

Vodafone employees are encouraged to think differently about their community and society as a whole and come up with ways they can improve the lives of others through social innovation making use of the technology and resources available to them at Vodafone. Commitment and funding from Vodafone Ireland ensures the winning innovation is fully developed and implemented.

GameDay App

Game Day App, 2014

Vodafone Foundation and the Federation of Irish Sport, who represent 70 national sporting organisations and 30 local sports partnerships, have collaborated to develop an app called Game Day. This is a location based app that aims to raise the profile of the Federation of Irish Sport by creating a grassroots network of sports clubs which will become a communication hub for Irish sport entities.

This will increase engagement within the local community and works by allowing users to search by sport, county and clubs nearby. Each club has a club profile which has club contact details, social media links and directions to the club grounds via google maps. Sarah O’Connor, CEO, Federation of Irish Sport is delighted to be working with Vodafone on the development of the app.

“The Federation of Irish Sport seeks to highlight the varied contribution of sport to Irish society in areas such as business, health, social inclusion and in our communities, and we are delighted to support Vodafone Ireland in this social innovation. We believe the app will provide a useful tool to easily connect people in communities with sport, to promote the variety of opportunities that exist and the benefits of getting involved in a local club which extend way beyond the playing field.”

Child Rescue Ireland App, 2013

The Child Rescue Ireland App launched nationwide to support Gardaí in the case of missing children In 2012 a group of students from Davis College, Co. Cork identified the issue of missing persons as the focus for their Young Social Innovator Project. They launched a nationwide ‘Forget Me Not’ campaign aimed to raise awareness of the issue of missing people, and to raise funds to enable searches to continue.

Inspired by the good work of these students Vodafone wanted to see how it could use its technology to help. In collaboration with An Garda Sìochàna, Vodafone developed a smartphone app to alert the public in the case of child abduction.