Zikry, you’re a co-founder at Incitement. Tell us a little bit more about the organization and the projects you’re involved in.
I would love to. So Incitement is a social business, where we connect social projects with brands and volunteers to solve real world problems, in specific communities. Now, this year we’ve been around for almost 6 years as a movement, 3 years as a social business and as an organization. As it grows, what we’re very focused on this year is working on a specific online platform that will consolidate and compensate the things that we’ve done offline, online. It is called INpacter, with an N, not with an M. So, what Inpacter does is (which will be launched sometime in April) is that we’re bringing brands and social projects together and volunteers into one platform, where they can finally connect and make things happen. It gives direct connectivity and at the end of the day, what we want to do is get social projects the needs that they need to co-create impact for the beneficiaries. Because it’s online, it’s easy to track and much content can be created from that. I think it’s probably one of the best things we’ve ever done since we’ve been doing this offline for a very long time.
Awesome. This is a great testimonial that you are a super-supporter of social entrepreneurs and enterprises. As someone who can also say that you coached last year at the EYA Social Hackathon some teams online, can you tell us a bit about how this experience was for you and what the team succeeded in doing in the end.
Yes, definitely. There were so many things going on that I thought of contributing back to EYA, some of these satellite events. For me personally, the whole judging of a project online, the evaluation part I found very interesting because they can track you in real time, how long it takes you to read and how long you’ve been online to evaluate a project. But, the most important part is the type of ideas that’s been spreading around Europe, and I think it’s catering a lot on the technology side. A lot of projects that I witnessed were not just potentially feasible to cater the community projects they’re trying to address but it’s basically a need; it is out of necessity. It is just a matter of tweaking and coaching. Now, the coaching part, I had the privilege to coach, I believe, two or three teams, I can’t really remember, but, what I’m very proud of is two Awards, first place and second place, I felt like I did my job, I was actually very happy for them. If they remember me, I hope they remember me and I hope they go on addressing my advice. I think one of them was doing something with virtual reality teaching about fishes … I can’t remember the names. Of course it was a bit far-fetched in the beginning… You know, with some real advice about reality, at the end of the day I really hope they… You know, reach for glory and that the app or the thing that they built will eventually become really fast. Not just in Southeast Asia but I think in Europe, the climate and the need is a bit similar, yet different. Because, you know, so many moving parts here, so I think there’s a lot of innovation just — from out of the environment they’re from and what they’re exposed to, compared to Southeast Asia. So I was very happy and actually quite honored to be part of this panel, so thank you.
Thank you, you definitely did a great job. So, do you have any last words for the EYA community of social-change makers?
What always drives people like me to keep going in what we want to do is to prove people wrong of what they say about you, especially if it’s very negative. People tell you that you can’t do it, you don’t have the capacity, and you’re wasting your time. Use that as a motivation, as your motive to prove them wrong and show them that you can actually do it. At the end of the day, you’re not just proving them wrong, you’re proving the fact that anything is possible. It’s just a matter of the type of people you’re around. And I think the EYA community, even though I haven’t had the chance to meet them yet, but usually I think there’s a bunch of amazing talents with great personalities also, which is a huge plus for those who are looking for support and advice. And just enjoying your time, building something that really matters. That’s pretty much all I have to say, prove them wrong and make it happen.
I think that was very smart advice. Thank you, keep on rocking the world!