Dear GIGers,

We're excited to launch our new monthly newsletter, keeping you connected with the latest in social innovation and technological empowerment. Each edition of this newsletter will feature key events and opportunities to energize your projects and ideas.

This streamlined format is part of our effort to keep your inbox fresh while ensuring the content remains clear and accessible. Expect this focused Events and Opportunities Update on a monthly basis, our GIGinsights incoming bi-monthly and News from the Community quarterly.

Letโ€™s dive right into this month's highlights!

latest from overall network ๐ŸŒ

Events ๐Ÿ“†

  • GIGweek24 - The Power of Networks | A place where ideas meet action, facilitated by the rich diversity of our participants; throughout a week in Berlin, bringing together our global community of innovators, thinkers, and creators. Read more - May 26th - June 2nd
  • re:publica 2024 - who cares | re:publica24 will take place at STATION Berlin. The motto for this yearsโ€™ festival for the digital society is "Who cares?" - May 27th - 29th
  • Roda de Conversa | Join us for a round-table on decolonizing city-making in Berlin, organized by the Decolonising Development Network and GIG. We're also seeking a venueโ€”interested or can host? Please contact Ricardo - June 3rd - 5th
  • Fab Conference 2024: Fabricating Equity | A conference merging technology and social justice, designed to inspire and equip attendees to address societal issues through innovation. Read More - August 3rd - 9th
  • 24/7 โ€“ BER Conference | BER is dedicated to shaping Berlin into a globally just, anti-racist, and sustainable city. Explore transformation strategies, discuss global justice, and enhance democracy and fair economics through expert panels and workshops at their conference. Read More - September 20th
  • The FIRST Global Challenge - Robotics Olympics | The FIRST Global Challenge, a robotics Olympics focusing on STEM and global issues like environmental awareness and UN SDGs, will take place in Greece this September, and we encourage GIG members to join and represent their countries. Apply Here - September 26th - 29th
  • IGF 2024 | The 19th IGF, themed "Building our Multistakeholder Digital Future," will take place at KAICC in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, focusing on innovation, digital peace, human rights, and governance in the digital space. Read More - December 15th - 19th

Opportunities ๐ŸŽฏ

  • DDP - Quality Label โ€“ Open Badge System | The Distributed Design Platform has introduced a Quality Label โ€“ Open Badge System to certify members who embody its core values of openness, collaboration, regeneration, and ecosystemic engagement, now moving into external testing. Apply Here
  • Residency in Mallorca | 18th-century farmhouse in Vilafranca de Bonany, Mallorca, offers a retreat to connect with nature and embrace a mindful, creative lifestyle. Set in serene countryside, it supports a self-sufficient, vegan, and alcohol-free environment with opportunities for communal workshops and participation in daily tasks. Apply Here
  • Research Grant Program | The Good Food Institute (GFI) accelerates the development of sustainable and healthy alternative proteins, such as plant-based and fermentation-derived meats, through research programs and funding initiatives like the Research Grant Program and Field Catalyst Grants. Apply Here
  • Green Techmakers | Register now for Green Techmakers! โš™๏ธ Boost your startup with expert guidance and prototyping in Bali. Join their 4-week product development program. - Apply Here - Deadline: May 19th
  • AVPA's funding program for SMEs | AVPA invites SMEs in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia to apply for funding ranging from $100,000 to $2,000,000. Eligible sectors include Agrotechnology, Agricultural Processing, and Climate Adaptation. Enterprises must be at least 2 years old with revenues of $50,000 to $100,000. Apply Here - Deadline: May 21st
  • The Creativity Pioneers Fund | The Creativity Pioneers Fund provides a 5,000 euro grant and long-term support to non-profit organizations that use creativity to drive social change, focusing on those serving disadvantaged communities and youth. Apply Here - Deadline: May 27th
  • Climate Impact Innovations Challenge 2024 | East Ventures, through this challenge, aims to provide a platform for innovators to showcase technological solutions that address ecological or climate issues. Apply here - Deadline: June 4th
  • Eurofins Foundation Project Grant 2024 | Eurofins Foundation aims to fund impactful projects that contribute to improving global health and safety and protecting the environment. Apply here - Deadline: June 13th
  • Being - Initiative | Request for Proposals: Funding Bold Ideas for Youth Mental Health in 12 countries. Apply here - Deadline June 26
  • Internet Society - Connecting the Unconnected | Apply to the Connecting the Unconnected funding program, supporting Internet infrastructure expansion for rural, remote, and low-income areas. Apply here - Deadline: July 16th to August 30th
  • Roots | Roots is launching a micro-grants program with grants of up to $10,000 USD to support youth-led groups, projects, initiatives, research, or campaigns that advocate for climate justice through an intersectional lens. Apply here - Deadline: August 1st

Join Us in Shaping the Future of Innovation! ๐ŸŒŸ

At GIG, we're not just building networks; we're nurturing the future of innovation and empowerment across the globe. Your support plays a pivotal role in this mission, helping us to sustain and expand our initiatives that touch lives and spark change. Here's how you can make a difference today:

Become a Supporting Member: Elevate Our Collective Impact
  • Individuals: Join our community with an annual contribution starting at just 30 EUR. Your generosity fuels our ongoing efforts and helps expand our reach. We encourage you to donate according to your capacity, as every contribution significantly advances our cause.
  • Organizations: Strengthen your commitment to global innovation by becoming a supporting member. For organizations with fewer than 50 employees or an annual budget under 1 million EUR, a starting donation of 300 EUR per year is suggested. Larger entities are encouraged to start at 3000 EUR per year, helping to catalyze substantial progress in our shared objectives.
Why Support GIG?
  • Fortify the Innovation Ecosystem: Your support helps us maintain and grow a robust global network.
  • Promote Sustainable and Inclusive Futures: Invest in forward-thinking solutions that foster learning and resilience.
  • Advance Grassroots Climate Resilience: Your contribution supports our efforts to tackle climate challenges from the ground up.

Act Now: Your Support Counts More Than Ever

Join our journey today by becoming a supporting member. Together, we can push the boundaries of what's possible.
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