The Innovations Lab is also a space designed to improve youth participation and involvement in the life of their society. It is a space of innovations (you wouldn’t have guessed!) both technical and not where young people are encouraged to think about creative solutions to improve the life of youth and children in Kosovo.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere
Your project should be addressing a real issue affecting youth or children, it should be developed toward improving the life of your peers as well as building your own capacity in managing project from start to end. Voluntarism is an important component of the lab and we really want to feel that the reward of the project is the experience and the learning process you will have gone through.
Another important aspect is the inclusion of people from different backgrounds in your project. We are strongly encouraging projects involving different ethnicities, young people with disabilities, youth from different region, urban and rural. We also encourage gender balance.
The Lab is fun, young and a participative structure, we would really like to find the same spirit in the projects we help to implement.
We are open to all sort of projects and we are approaching every idea with an open mind, so we are flexible on the criteria; however, the more you stand out, the more chance your proposal will get approved.
Innovations Cafes are organized every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, they are the occasion for ByFy project members to come and share their projects, hear new ideas and network. Informal in nature these Cafes are just a good way to chill, talk to new people and share inspiring projects and so on.
The Innovations Lab also organize events every three months to look back on what have been achieved and look forward what can be done and make the Lab known.
Other events: The Innovations Team, ByFy, YAP and Design Center are planning to expand the reach of the Lab and organise more events on different occasions and topics, from technical trainings to inspiring talks from guests, we hope to reach out to more and more young people. Kosovo Innovation Camp, Tech Talks, Digital Bootcamps, Innovative Girl's Day and Blogging Meet-up are a few of the opportunities to get involved.
A brand new Lab has opened its door in North Mitrovica, information about that will come at a latter stage.
We will soon organise a network of young people who will help the Innovations Team in Prishtina to outreach and help with projects. Currently PEN (Peer Educators Network), which is administering the Lab, is helping with outreach throughout Kosovo.