What we do
Fundación Cibervoluntarios (Cybervolunteers Foundation) is a non-profit organization made up of social entrepreneurs whose vision is to use new technologies as a means for social innovation and citizen empowerment, alleviating this way social gaps i.e. we work to increase the rights, opportunities and capabilities of each person within their environment, through the social use of technological tools and applications within their reach.
To achieve this goal, the Foundation counts with the cybervolunteers. Curious, proactive persons willing to learn, with a passion for sharing and enthusiasm about ICTs, who offer part of their time and knowledge to teach other people the possibilities of the use of technology tools and applications to improve their lives in a simple and useful way. They do it through both online and onsite courses, lectures, workshops, events… etc.
They direct their action to groups of people that may be excluded from information society based on gender, age, professional and social environment, lack of time, knowledge, skills, motivation and/or material or economic resources... and they manage to adapt the use of technological applications to alleviate these social gaps at working, participation or health levels, among others. … A challenge, 15 years of work that without going any further than last year received from the hands of the Prince and Princess of Asturias a recognition for “the creation of new forms of participation and social innovation in support of groups at risk of exclusion”, and the economic and social recognition of Google.org, for being one of 50 entities that are changing the world, the first and currently the only organization recognized with such merit in Spain.
Topics that we work: ICT, social innovation, gamification, social-ict lab, digital skills, e-inclusion, e-health, volunteering, citizen participation and entrepreneurship for social change, e-leadership, cybersecurity, and privacity between others
Also Cibervoluntarios develops activities to promote digital skills for a wide range of people (with special needs, with fewer education, with employability needs...) in a wide range of non formal education activities.
We have participated in several European projects (H2020, Eramus +, FP7, Leonardo, Grundtvig, Youth in Action) Our role as partner can be as Living Lab (testing different technological tools/applications/services/
products) or offering or sharing our know-how (in technological volunteerism, citizen empowerment, social innovation through ICTs, cybersecurity, social entrepreurchip, digital literacy...) between others.
Our social impact
With technology, social innovation is in our hands We cre cybervolunteers, we are cyberoptimistic. Because we live in a historic moment, like no other, in which the appropriation of technology is the key to eliminating social gaps. Inherited gaps that are related to with the educational, labor, social, participation, health development ... that have to do with human development. And closing these gaps, for the first time, is in the hands of citizens themselves. Because technology gives us a chance, one for every single one, to become the main characters, technological social entrepreneurs, capable of changing the world. This transformation is the result of an informed and engaged citizenship. A citizenship that knows how to use the tools, applications, contents and technological services at its disposal to generate a wealthy and better world. Because addressing real needs is generating innovation and social change. Pioneers in technological volunteering Cibervoluntarios Foundation is pioneer in technological volunteering, an international benchmark. We are passionate about technology and the social good. Cibervoluntarios brings both qualities and is based on a proven methodology for over 15 years. Throughout our history we have managed to identify replicable processes, allowing, through the social use of technology, to manage intangibles and to build projects that achieve social impact of improving the quality of life in the environment. It is also a recognized and internationally valued brand: Cibervoluntarios. There are some our projects:
cibervoluntarios.org gather, in a practical and attractive way, two areas that actually have been changing the world: technology and social environment. Our platform, reference in social innovation, is based on methodology and experience tested over 15 years. Cybervolunteers identifies replicable process, allowing to manage intangibles and build social impact projects. The program is supported by more tan 1500 active volunteers.
empodera.org is our social ICT lab, multidisciplinary lab for social innovation. We work to highlight and generate debate about how throught technology, citizens can contribute to social change. Thoughts and experiences of thousands of inquiring minds moving with the same goal: enhance the world. Be inspired by their stories in our free books, awards, events and exhibitions.
From our area of Technological CSR we establish synergies with companies in the field of new technologies, social innovation and corporate volunteerism, especially, technological volunteering. It is one of our sources of funding, from Cibervoluntarios offer creative and customized for companies and public administrations solutions.
ICT women innovators
The objective of this program is to promote the ability of entrepreneurship and innovation on women through ICT with practical examples. Training them in the use and management of technology tools and applications with a training schedule adapted to their needs. This program is supported by the Council of Health, Social Services and Equality.
Regarding children online safety is about, adults often do not really know how to act. It is as negative as being too strict than permissive. To solve taht, we have been developed “Ciberexperto” program, to provide a better digital education to families. Created by the Spanish National Police, with the support of Telefonica and the collaboration of the Cibervoluntarios Foundation.
ICT for Peace
Fundación Cultura de Paz joins his experience to Cibervoluntarios Foundation to jointly develop this program created to promote initiatives in the field of culture of peace, democracy, human rights and the fight against inequalities through ICT, paying special attention to Women, Democracy, Migrants, Refugees and Peacebuilding areas. Activities include events, publications and competitions
Awareness program on the general importance of volunteerism and volunteering technological particularly, among the young. Through talks, videos and online competitions we aim to achieve greater involvement of young people in the world of volunteering. This program is supported by Council of Health, Social Services and Equality.
International event that brings togheter personalities and pioneering iniciatives that are making creative and innovative use of technologies with a single purpose: prove that the ICT social use is changing the world. This year, Empodera Live will take place the 20th and 21th of September in Echegaray Theatre in Málaga (Spain) with the topic: ICT for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Cibervoluntarios Foundation is the coordinator of the Horizon 2020 european roject SOCRATIC. This consortium is being developed thanks several European partners to ATB, NTNU, SINTEF and Farapi cooperation. SOCRATIC has the goal to build a platform to promotes citizen participation as a tool to enhance social innovation and reach sustainable development objectives.
Stop, think and connect
It is a program to prevent cyberbullying and train children in the correct use of Social Channels developed with the support of the Council of Health, Social Services and Equality. In collaboration with Stop, Think, Connect and AlertaenLinea.gov. Among the activities, stand out giving awareness talks in schools, training webinars and online meeting point Network for the resolution of doubts.
Evoluciona en red
We developed Evoluciona en red to detect and attend elderly people the needs related to the use and knowledge of new technologies. A training program on the use of tools, applications and technology for this collective all over Spain encouraging communication, participation and improving their life quality.
Integra en red
Integrating people with disabilities throught technologies. This program aims to qualify people with disabilities about the knowledge and use of technologies and mobiles improving their life quality and citizen participation.
With the purpose of share experiences, projects, and improve few of our international developing programs, Cibervoluntarios Foundation has participated in many european projects such as FP7, Leonardo, Grundtvig, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. For 2016 and 2017 we would like to highligt our participation in three remakable programs: M-Youth, SmartGeneration and Net 4 Women.
Latin American initiatives
For several years Cibervoluntarios has begun its work in Latin America, in order to implement and adapt the experience gained in different countries through agreements with local governments and organizations. We have been adapting our processes to the reality of the population in different Latin American countries.