Tuesday, May 28, 2013

4th University Scholars Leadership Symposium


        Humanitarian Affairs, with the support of The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, The United Nations Office on the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and The Philippine Government (under the Commission on Higher Education and Department of Tourism), is hosting its 4th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Manila, Philippines on August 1 to 7, 2013. The event is a gathering of 1000 youth leaders and representatives from Leading NGOS, Government Agencies and other stakeholders from all over the world.

         The 4th University Scholars Leadership Symposium aims to inspire, motivate and train Global Youth Leaders to do their own Humanitarian Work and make a positive change in their own local communities. The programme is held annually in different countries in Asia and the Pacific: Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

        This year’s programme is composed of workshops from 12 World Renowned Expert Humanitarians, plenary sessions with 1,000 Global Youth Leaders and outreach activities in partnership with World Vision, Save the Children and Habitat for Humanity.You may wish to check this site for more information: http://universityscholars.tumblr.com/manilasymposium

         For enquiries and RSVP, please contact Ms. Bianca Endaya on +44-77-2299-1311 or send an email to bianca.endaya@humanitarianaffairs.org.uk

Be the Cat@lyst

What is Cat@lyst?

Cat@lyst is a T@ttoo branded initiative that seeks to harness creativity, energy and technology to create change and empower the youth to make a difference in society. In collaboration with Globe Bridging Communities, and the Global Shapers Manila, the CSR initiative will involve a youth challenge that will award cash grants, mentorship, and ICT support to see through the ideation, distillation and incubation of technology-based innovations useful to catalyze change in local communities.


  • To promote the use of innovative ICT solutions as a tool for social change
  • To provide an effective platform where young Filipinos can incubate and transform their ideas into viable programs
  • To provide an avenue for young Filipinos to further develop their initiatives through a multi-stakeholder dialogue and mentorship from development professionals and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) experts


A technology-based solution for the existing community problemCriteria for selection:

  • Innovation: Demonstrates creativity and originality
  • Implementation Feasibility: Proposal should be executable in the given timeline and proponents should demonstrate capability to mobilize stakeholders involved
  • Impact: Provides a long-lasting solution to an existing social problem


  • The applicant must be a Filipino citizen, 18-30 years old.
  • Proposals may be submitted by individuals or a representative of an organization, company, or community.

  • The applicant must be available to attend the development forum, Shapers Lab, on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the ADB Headquarters in Ortigas, Metro Manila. Financial assistance for transportation and accommodations will be provided for non-NCR based participants.

  • The proposal should not have won in other business plan or project grant competitions of the same magnitude (national, regional, provincial or district), or have received the same amount of funding for its implementation.Proposals may be submitted by individuals or representatives of an organization, company, or community.


All participants must provide the following:

  1. A completed application form downloaded from the GLOBE Catalyst website (click here to download application form).
  1. One-minute video pitching their solution for an existing community problem. Applicants must upload the video on YouTube or Vimeo and ensure that the URL/link is provided in the application form.Guide questions:
  • What existing problem in your community do you want to solve?
  • What is your proposed ICT-based solution?
  • What kind of impact do you hope to make through your project?
  1. Photo/s showing the community you want to help and empower. You may also include links to news articles, videos, or blog entries about the community and/or your project, if already existing.

Email the application form and supplementary materials to globalshapersmanila@gmail.com with the subject “Cat@lyst: __Application“. Save your files under the same name format. Incomplete submissions will be disqualified and will merit no further feedback.



The project will award five (5) winners.PhP 200,000 cash grant, inclusive of ICT supportMaximum of 25% (PhP50,000) only may go to admin cost

For more info, visit http://www.catalyst.com.ph