Up Close with Team… GeoPoll

This post is part of a special “Up Close with Team…” series, featuring Q&As with the five finalists of the Rethink Supply Chains Challenge.

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GeoPoll proposes a mobile survey platform that collects and shares labor condition data from workers via SMS, Interactive Voice Response, and mobile web. The team is one of five Rethink Supply Chains finalists competing for a $250,000 grand prize. Stay tuned for the winner announcement in April!

Why is this Challenge important to you? What do you hope your solution will achieve? As part of B Corp Mobile Accord, GeoPoll builds impactful and sustainable data products that scale quickly to dozens of developing countries. GeoPoll leverages the wide reach of the mobile phone to reach citizens across the globe and collect data on important issues including food security, agriculture, and labor practices. By communicating directly with workers through their mobile phones, we hope this solution will prove to be an effective way to identify trafficking and poor labor conditions across the globe, and that our data will be useful to NGOs and governments seeking solutions to these issues.

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GeoPoll is a mobile surveying platform which collects data on a wide range of topics for governments, NGOs, and commercial organizations. GeoPoll conducts both one-off surveys and ongoing data collection on topics including food security and audience measurement by asking thousands of citizens questions daily. Leveraging this approach, we intend to rethink supply chains by supplying labor welfare advocates and industries with regular data that will help them keep tabs on working conditions around the world, starting with the fishing industry.

Your team has entered the Finalist Accelerator phase, which includes expert mentorship and participation in a live boot camp. What do you hope to learn through the process?
We are excited to gain more knowledge about supply chain monitoring and learn from peers who are pioneering how data can help both advocacy groups and companies looking to improve supply chain transparency. We look forward to collaborating with others to ensure the data we collect is useful for both of these groups.

Meet the Rethink Supply Chains Finalists

We are thrilled to announce the five finalists in Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking. The Partnership for Freedom launched the innovation competition in October 2015, seeking technological solutions to help identify and address labor trafficking in global supply chains.

The finalists were selected by a panel of judges with expertise across corporate supply chains, human rights, philanthropy, and investing. Each finalist will receive $20,000 and proceed to the Finalist Accelerator round of the competition to further develop their proposed solutions with support from subject matter experts. One Grand Prize Winner and one Runner-Up will be announced in April 2016, and will be awarded $250,000 and $50,000, respectively.

“Forced labor in global supply chains is a systemic problem. The solutions surfaced by these finalists leverage technology to combat this problem by bringing transparency to global supply chains and elevating workers’ voices across industries,” said Catherine Chen, director of investments at Humanity United.

Congratulations to the finalists:

  • Good World Solutions
    Laborlink Trafficking Module: Capturing & Mapping Millions of Data Points to Eliminate Forced Labor
    Analyzes and maps forced labor using a mobile communication channel between workers and supply chain leaders to report on working conditions.
  • IST Research
    PULSE Deployable Labor Trafficking System
    Data analytics system that scrapes web data to monitor social media and public internet sources for indicators of labor exploitation.
  • GeoPoll
    Identifying Human Rights Issues In the Fishing Industry Through Mobile Surveys
    Mobile survey platform that collects and shares labor condition data from workers via SMS, Interactive Voice Response, and mobile web.
  • Sustainability Incubator and Trace Register
    Building Trust in Fishing at Sea
    Traceability software that enables seafood suppliers to voluntarily report on the origins of their catches and vessel working conditions.
  • Ulula
    SPARTACUS: A Global Mobile Platform for Empowering Migrant Workers to End Slavery
    Mobile payment and feedback service for migrant workers to increase transparency and accountability in the recruitment process.

We look forward to seeing how the finalists refine their solutions during the Finalist Accelerator as they compete for $300,000 in remaining prizes.

Download the finalist announcement press release>>