Horyou, The Social Network For Social Good, Holds Maiden Edition Of The Social Innovation & Global Ethics Forum
For three days, the city of Geneva hosted SIGEF 2014, a forum organized by Horyou.
Geneva, November 3rd, 2014 – Horyou, the Social Network for Social Good, organized the first edition
of the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF 2014). It was held at the International
Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG) from October 22nd - 24th.
For three days, the city of Geneva hosted the first edition of the Social Innovation and Global Ethics
Forum. This Forum gathered more than fifty organizations from all over the world, together with thirty
keynote speakers, in six plenary sessions, discussing major social challenges modern societies are
facing. Simultaneously, the photographic exhibition “The People of the World” and Horyou TV
documentary screenings were open to the public. Eight workshops with participants from different
fields including: academia, professionals, students, NGOs, and media were present to reflect further
on key subject areas related to the Forum.
In addition, more than twenty social entrepreneurs shared their socially innovative projects with the
attendees, for which two awards were granted. The Horyou Foundation funded SIGEF 2014's, “Call
for Projects”. The most voted project, winning 8.000 Swiss Francs, was Beyond Beanie, a social
clothing brand in Bolivia, helping children in need. The second award, chosen by the Organizing
committee, and winning 2.500 Swiss Francs, was Eaunergie; a project that provides water solutions
locally by reducing costs while generating job opportunities.
On Thursday, October 23rd
, the SIGEF 2014 awards ceremony honored 5 Personalities and
members from the Horyou platform, for their unequivocal work and contributions to society. The
Humanitarian Contribution: Dr. Georges Bwelle, ASCOVIME
Arts and Education for All: Touraya Bouabid, AMESIP
Social Inclusion: Claire Nimboe Ndi Samba, REPCAM
Music for Empowerment: Chad Harper, Hip Hop Saves Lives
Ecosystem and Preservation: Julio Andrade, Brazilian NGO, Agência Pick-Upau
SIGEF 2014 was streamed live and was covered by more than fifteen international media partners
worldwide. All plenary sessions can be viewed at: www.sigef2014.com
SIGEF 2014 Founding Partners: ADEX Holding Group, Pencil Line Agency, MSQ Group, Horyou
Foundation, International Conferences Centre of Geneva (CICG).
SIGEF 2014 Media Partners: Red Innova (Latin America), InTime (Italy), Nunnovation (South Africa),
Instituto Filantropia (Brazil), Radio Tom Social (Brazil), IGIHE Limited (Rwanda), SocialFinance.ca
(Canada), United Nations Foundation (USA), Plus Social Good (USA), PVBLIC Foundation (USA),
Slate Afrique (France), Mosaïques Africa (Cameroon), Hit Radio (Morocco), Corriere Innovazione
(Italy), Alhilal Saudi Club (Saudi Arabia), Radio Ethic (France), Canal 2 International (Cameroon).
About SIGEF 2014:
The Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF 2014), gathers a diverse and universal
audience of International Organizations (NGOs, Foundations, and Associations) and Keynote
Speakers that promote and support social good, solidarity, constructive technologies and ethics in all
disciplines and fields. It is an ideal place for all participants to rethink the future, identify current
challenges, provide answers and draw new routes for truly sustainable development. SIGEF 2014 is
an open invitation for reflection, dialogue and action. SIGEF 2014 is organized by Horyou, the Social
SIGEF 2014 CLOSING REMARKS