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Innovation involves creating new or improved goods and services that have value for consumers, firms, markets and society at large.

“Innovation can also help us fulfill our sense of responsibility to the world, by creating access to basic health care, education and decent jobs, and creating the conditions where people can survive and thrive, regardless of where they are born,” says Prateek Awasthi, director of policy, advocacy and community, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada.

Advanced technologies are already being applied for social good, with astounding results, he says. An example of a venture EWB supports is M-Shule, an adaptive, mobile learning management platform that uses machine learning to create personalized learning plans and exercises for primary school students in Kenya on a basic cellphone.

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“This improves the quality of education and creates better learning opportunities for students, particularly those who need it most,” says Mr. Awasthi. “What the world probably needs as much as our peacekeepers and our aid dollars, is our talent and technology. That’s where our innovation programs can make a difference.”

Produced by Randall Anthony Communications. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved in its creation.

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