Fomento San Sebastian funds 4 social innovative projects to help overcome the Covid-19 crisis effects

San Sebastian, 03 July 2020

Fomento San Sebastian, as the Economic Development and Innovation Agency of the city, is one of the public institutions that has directly affronted the social and economic crisis generated by the Covid-19 virus.

With this clear goal in mind, Fomento launched a totally new Fund, called Covid-19 Social Impact Actions which aim was to encourage the emergence of projects that met the 5 following criterias: detect a social challenge, work on a innovative solution in a collaborative process, include technology driven elements, look for a social impact.

4 projects were selected under this programme´s umbrella, to help tackling different social problems generated by this crisis:

  • The digital divide in schools: Led by Zarrak Association, computers and different devises were held accountable for less fortunate families, as well as books and documents to be able to follow classes. To help in this purpose, free online classes were also given by voluntary teachers.
  • Health material production:  Thanks to the 3D printing technology, and led by Plabs 3D in collaboration with the Maker Movement in the Basque Country, more than 12,000 masks were printed to help not only the citizenship, but specially those workers of essential sectors that had to be in the first line of action.
  • Elderly people´s isolation in residences: Bitxilore project managed to overcome the digital isolation suffered between elderly people living in residences and their families, thanks to the collaboration between Matia Foundation, Masmovil and CEIT.  The combination of different kind of devises, hardware, and volunteers´collaboration led to enable the connection between those families, specially important during this dramatic period.
  • Covid-19 prevention: This collaboration between KirolDNA and the Basque Country University has been working on a free online platform that will provide information to all the citizenship, but especially to the healthcare personnel, about the relevance of nutrition and how to take care of our biota´s health in order to prevent the Covid 19 effects.

Social Innovation processes have shown, once again, their efficiency to tackle complex and new problems in San Sebastian, thanks to public-private cooperation processes and the use of technology.