Sunday, 1 November 2015

gsbs 2015 makesense challenge - our winners

Remember the #GSBS2015 MakeSense Challenge?

Today we'd like to tell you a little more about our winners - Ecosia (who won our jury prize) and Refugees on Rails (who won our audience prize!) - both of whom will now have representatives participating at the GSBS 2015!

At Refugees on Rails, 'the aim is to help refugees to build and expand their qualification as software developers and provide them the opportunity to work with startups and tech companies.' The founders are excited that over 160+ laptops have been donated for future students - and more than 200 volunteers wanting to help out. The entire project is run on a volunteer basis, but will soon have our Non-Profit status in Germany, so can start receiving donations and apply for grants in order to pay full-time staff.

'Refugees are too often seen only as a problem within Europe. We want to prove that our new neighbors offer an opportunity for Europe to enrich its culture and empower its economy. We have already received incredible international exposure, and hope that will help us build tech schools for refugees all around Europe.'

Ecosia is a search engine that allows users to plant trees with their searches. Like any other search engine, Ecosia shows you ads next to its search results. Then, at least 80% of profits from that ad revenue is donated to a tree-planting program in Burkina Faso. Search results on Ecosia are powered by Bing (Microsoft) and enhanced with the platform's own algorithms and technologies. In other words: Ecosia empowers users to do good without spending a penny.

Since its founding in 2009, Ecosia has donated more than $4 million to the environment and in mid-November expects to reach the symbolic number of 3 million trees (currently at 2.8 million!). 

'We are on a mission to plant at least 1 billion trees until 2020. This means that our goal for next year will be to convince even more people to use Ecosia. In more concrete terms, we will improve the user experience of our website and tell much more stories from the ground: the communities in Burkina Faso and the trees that our users' searches are helping plant.'

We are so proud to know people doing such great work!


November 11th, 2015

The Global Social Business Summit 2015 - in Berlin, Germany - has come to a bittersweet end. We thank all those who supported us throughout the process; all those who participated in the event; and all those who helped to spread the YY Spirit of the Social Business Movement in the days leading up to - and during - the event.

We can't wait to see all of you in China for the Global Social Business Summit 2016.

Find a selection of photos from the three days of the #GSBS2015 here.



6 Years of GSBS


Grameen Creative Lab YouTube Channel


On our website you can find the latest version of the agenda, session topics & speakers for the Global Social Business Summit 2015, The program is preliminary and subject to change. Stay tuned for the next updates!


Getting Around

The main venue for the Global Social Business Summit 2015 is the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany.