Between 5-9 October 2020, the Kingdom of the Netherlands partnered with The Hague Institute of Innovation and Law (Hiil) and held a #BarcampforJustice to find technology-based solutions to the scourge of gender-based violence in South Africa. It was an exciting week of ideation, co-creation and sleepless nights with teams trying to come up with winning solutions. We would like to congratulate the winners – Guardian Gabriel and CASA.
Guardian Gabriel is a unique device which is able to detect the exact location of an individual in distress or at risk of an attack, linked to a rapid response service that is sent out to assist. The solution presented by CASA sets out to improve access to information for survivors of gender-based violence as they try to navigate the police and court systems in their pursuit of justice, devising a digital process for intermediaries and finding pro-bono legal representation through the online application for survivors. The two winning teams have gained automatic entry into the Hiil Innovation Fast Track Programme taking place in 2021.
"In our initial discussions we learned that we had created our own version of the “necessary” solution according to our base skill set. What we came to discover was, through the diversity of our team, we would be able to create a solution greater than the sum of its parts. With the HiiL initiative we learned how to position a digital product, and how to verify if it speaks to the audience. This experience allowed us to create a better program with the overall experience being eye opening.
We had made certain assumptions, but through the steps learned we were able to debunk those that were untrue, and through our various understandings we complemented each other very well and had the essential components for a winning team: Innovation and optimism on one side, with pragmatism and "doingness" on the other, this coupled with the necessary experience and expertise made for a competitive combination. It is certainly true that putting people in a melting pot and asking them for the impossible, as tall as the task might seem, can yield greatness. We are thankful to The HiiL team and the Netherlands in South Africa for the opportunity to be involved in such a great program, and hope to develop an even greater solution with their help and resources," said the CASA team.
Below are a list of all the pitches that were explored at #BarCampforJustice
- Always Safe Networks: Jewelry with an inbuilt panic button linking to smart phones to call for help
- P2P app: an app providing holistic resources and services to GBV victims
- CASA: Website that facilitates information gathering, intermediary services and legal support (winner)
- Guardian Gabriel: a panic button independent from the cellphone, capable pf tracing and not requiring charging (winner)
- RAIMES: Evaluating tool collating and monitoring current solutions and information in the market
- Tokolla: Student reporting app linking to interventions by experts
- Supplementing the offerings of the Warrior Project’s website
Xabiso Lombo, Co-founder of Guardian Gabriel
The CASA Team