Wearables for Good Challenge

On 19 May 2015, UNICEF and ARM announced a multi-year partnership to accelerate the development of new technologies to overcome the barriers that prevent millions of families from accessing basic health, education and support services. The first initiative was the launch of the 'Wearables for Good' challenge in collaboration with frog design.


  1. Erica Kochi, UNICEF Innovation co-lead, and Simon Segars, ARM CEO, announced this exciting partnership in New York City.
  2. Meanwhile on the other side of the pond Blair Palmer, UNICEF Innovation San Francisco Lead participated in Quartz's Next Billion in London where she shared more juicy details about the Wearables for Good Challenge.
  3. It is known that most wearable technology is still in the fitness and well-being space, but their potential extends to life-enhancing and life-saving applications. UNICEF, ARM and frog are challenging anyone -- from any background and anywhere in the world -- to create innovations that are not just nice to have but are things that people in developing countries need to have.
  4. What if you could create a wearable device that could solve problems relating Child Protection, Education Health, HIV/AIDs, Nutrition, Social Inclusion or Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)? Need inspiration?
  5. Check out the Handbook that was designed to provide ideas and guidance:
  6. Events around the globe have been held in support of the Wearables for Good challenge and other Country Offices have been spreading the word!
  7. And soon, we became the most inclusive design challenge ever!
  8. “It is not too late to enter – we are looking for concepts that address these global issues, not final designs,” said Erica Kochi, co-lead and co-founder of UNICEF Innovation. “We set up the challenge this way to make participation widely available to anyone with a good idea. The challenge itself is unique among open tech challenges both in its global reach and with the focus on creating products to save lives, help educate young people or advance their communities in some way.”