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.

geopoll-nairobi-research-team (1)What inspired your solution?
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.