The Northeast Innovation Hub, through the NEMakeathon has at its heart the intention to not just innovate new solutions to humanitarian and development challenges but to also draw together institutions, individual and companies to invest in the prototypes and create a thriving ecosystem of innovation addressing the needs of communities facing humanitarian and socio-economic problems. This is essential to further drive regulatory policies and create an enabling environment to develop, test and complete regulatory certification to turn prototypes into marketable products.
The NEMakeathon has the dual goal of acting as a launching pad for he creation of the latest generation of skilled talent working towards finding innovative solutions to humanitarian and development challenges that can be deployed globally by players in the humanitarian field such as ICRC, CARE International, United Nations Agencies etc., to address the needs and issues of communities affected by conflict or other urgent humanitarian needs, while making these same solutions affordable to the bottom of the pyramid (BOP) demographic worldwide.