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Daniela Silva is combatting the lack of government transparency and civic participation in Brazil using the Internet and digital technology. Daniela recognizes that by opening up government data and sharing it in an accessible manner, she is creating a culture that supports citizens’ abilities to play a role in the changes they want to see.
Markus Gander is giving young people across Switzerland the chance to connect with each other through a platform that facilitates youth engagement and brings younger and older citizens together to work towards social change.
Vera Gaensly Cordeiro is a pediatrician who could not stand to see terribly or terminally ill children obtain treatment in her hospital only to be released to such poverty that they could not recover or have hope of comfort.
With the project Arquiteto de Família (Architect of Family), she seeks to promote technical assistance for project design and construction of housing improvements housing autoconstructed to promote healthy housing. The houses targeted by the action of Mariana are households with low standard of housing by not relying on technical assistance, with skilled manpower or resources to implement - especially for their conclusion (often getting in half).
Through an organization called Vuvuzela, Craig Slevin and Adam Fraser are bridging the digital divide in South Africa by creating one-stop information communication technology (ICT) kiosks that foster job creation, improve computer literacy, and bring ICT to rural areas.
Sylvio Jose de Oliveira has created an independent, voluntary program in the Rio de Janeiro state prison system designed to prevent AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases from spreading among and through the inmates. The focus of this program is to provide health and hygiene information, and at the same time enhance individual self-esteem. Sylvio's project is now being implemented in thirteen of the sixteen prisons in Rio de Janeiro.
Through Catarse, Luis Otávio Ribeiro is pioneering a new way of mobilizing citizens to be more active in the citizen sector, by using technology to enable participation.
By teaching practical culinary and social skills, Simone Berti is preparing individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities to assimilate into society and be self-sufficient.
José Oliveira, called Júnior, creates, produces and markets the vibrant culture of Brazil's urban shantytown favelas for the express purpose of building cultural pride and creating positive new livelihoods for favela kids.