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Press Release: The Melton Foundation joins hands with Nisum to co-organize NOLA Tech Tap 2022

The NOLA Tech Tap: Community Ideathon 2022 brings together young people in New Orleans to develop and pitch a project idea to further sustainable livelihood in their community with the aid of technology.

New Orleans, Louisiana [August 2022]

The first ever NOLA Tech Tap: Community Ideathon 2022 is happening in September. The innovation marathon convenes young people (18-35 years) from the Greater New Orleans Area to work together on developing project ideas to further sustainable livelihood in local communities with the aid of technology. The event is organized by the Melton Foundation, a non-profit organization and a leading proponent of global citizenship practice, in partnership with Nisum, a leading global digital commerce firm, and Dillard University, Louisiana’s oldest HBCU dedicated to building competence. 

The NOLA Tech Tap will be held from 15-17 September 2022 to create spaces & foster collaboration, let fresh thinking emerge, and harness the true spirit of global citizenship to find meaningful tech-oriented solutions to further sustained livelihoods. During the event, participants will form innovation teams to tackle real-life challenges and develop simple, practical, and creative solution ideas using technology as a tool to propel social impact. Facilitated activities and sessions throughout the event will be conducted on a virtual platform; to foster human connections, an essential aspect of the NOLA Tech Tap, an on-site extension will be organized for registered participants to access.

Conducted as a 48 hours Innovation Marathon, the NOLA Tech Tap draws upon the convergence of youth empowerment, collaboration, and diversity to propel innovation in the field of the SDGs and ignite social innovation and entrepreneurship. It aspires to give birth to technological solutions that propagate sustainable livelihoods. 

Application to Participate: here | Deadline to Apply (extended): 11th September 2022

The NOLA Tech Tap: Community Ideathon 2022 – Challenges 

The ideation marathon will challenge participants to design actionable, inclusive, and achievable project ideas that activate local communities to become stakeholders in the use of technology to improve sustainable livelihoods in New Orleans. This while also being cognizant of bridging gaps across different socio-economic strata and designing solution ideas for those with no technology background.

Participants are encouraged to design social innovation project ideas driven by technology that relate to the following Innovation Challenges the NOLA Tech Tap is looking to address:

  • How might we harness technology for social innovation to propel equitable and sustainable livelihood in the region?
  • ​​How might we activate local communities to become stakeholders in the use of technology for social, economic, and ecological impact?
  • How might we bridge gaps in economic empowerment for those with a limited technology background to further decent work and economic growth opportunities for all?

Furthermore, the NOLA Tech Tap 2022 derives its essence of cooperation among different community stakeholders to attain positive results from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), more specifically, SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 10 (reduced inequality). At this intersection, the event searches for myriad ways to leverage technology and level playing fields. Furthermore, SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals) provides an anchor for the endeavor, broadening its scope to reach beyond the conventional. 

More information about the event, incentives, and registration are available at bit.ly/NOLATechTap2022
Registrations are open until 11 September 2022 – participant spots are limited! For more information and/or any queries, email Lars Dietzel at the Melton Foundation (ldietzel<at>meltonfoundation.org).

About the Organizing Partners

The Melton Foundation was established nearly thirty years ago with the credence that collaborations across boundaries can forge sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. The organization makes global citizenship accessible at the grassroots by offering Fellowships to young change agents in order to develop their capacity as effective and ethical leaders, equipped to act locally, with a global context in mind. With a presence spanning six Global Citizenship Hubs (Bangalore, Temuco, New Orleans, Accra, Jena, and Hangzhou) and five continents, the Melton Foundation harnesses unique pedagogies ranging from experiential learning, intercultural collaboration, ethical leadership, social innovation, and design thinking to train and hone the skills of emerging social impact leaders. 

The Melton Foundation’s activities in New Orleans have been solidified over the years through collaboration with a myriad of NOLA-based social impact organizations and our firm partnership with Dillard University.

As an institution committed to community service, Dillard University (DU) has a long record of student and community engagement. A Melton Foundation partner university, DU has been part of the Melton Foundation network since 1995.

With the continued support of Dillard and motivated global citizens on the ground, the Melton Foundation has engaged young people who connect with peers around the world to design comprehensive solutions, and together with NISUM, the NOLA Tech Tap is our next step on this journey. 

Nisum is a leading global digital commerce firm headquartered in California, with services spanning digital strategy and transformation, insights and analytics, blockchain, business agility, and custom software development. Founded in 2000 with the customer-centric motto “Building Success Together®,” Nisum has grown to over 1,800 professionals across the United States, Chile, India, and Pakistan. 

A champion of values involving transparency, inclusivity, respect, and excellence, Nisum is an organization that utilizes the power of technology to drive tangible change and deliver actionable solutions. Nisum’s combination of deep expertise, acceleration models, and global execution capabilities results in integrated solutions that deliver real and measurable growth. Capitalizing on its technological prowess, it finds itself well positioned to promote tech-oriented solutions to further social impact. 

Nisum supports non-profit organizations through its “Nisum Cares” social program, which focuses on empowering women and minority groups through knowledge, education, and access to professional opportunities.

Together, the organizations are building a one-of-a-kind partnership to bring social innovation and sustainable development to the forefront.

The innovation marathon will engage participants around real-life challenges and equip them to work together cross-boundary to develop simple, practical, and creative solution ideas using technology as a tool to propel social impact.

Registrations are open until 11 September 2022, click here for more!