#SmallBusinessWeek Hackathon from a participant perspective

I went there without any idea in mind. As being new to DC I didn’t know much about the market and especially the problems which small businesses face in the US. As this was my first hackathon in the US so I also had no idea how it’s going to go but it was pretty similar to what we have in Pakistan. People who had ideas started going on the stage and pitching their ideas. Some ideas, to be honest, were so high tech that I was unable to understand and most of them were related to something playing with data.

The Science of Climate Change

Climate is a complex and chaotic system, there is variability on many scales, but we can discern climate change because of measurable trends on many different variables such as temperature, water cycle, sea level rise.
Changes will continue, we can make projections, which help us determine impacts, which help us set mitigation and adaptation policies.

Clean Energy Finance: Innovation and Implementation

“Alternative” to what?
Over the last decade, solar has gone through de-risking as operating performance was proven, this has resulted in decline in financing costs from large banks.
Currently, wind is a $14.1 billion market, solar is about $30 billion.
Lessons learned over the past decades:
– Important to access mainstream capital to scale
– Investing in a clean energy projects with fixed PPA off-take from a utility company is almost like a bond – very safe now, low interest rate on project debt
– Challenge will be financing with floating price of merchant power

Fail forward-fail for the best to come

The concept of failure is not as the failure itself. It relates on how you deal with a failure. Everyone in his/her life has to deal with one or more failures in various fields. The point is not what happens, is what you do with what’s happened.
A New Frame for Failure
F: Failure
A: Always
I: Invites
L: Learning

A failure can be of different magnitude and intensity. It can be a catastrophe like the TITANIC or just forgetting your child birthday.

World Refugee Day 2018 and what you can do

Today is World Refugee Day, a day where  over 100 nations  honor the strength, courage and perseverance of  millions of people around the world who are displaced.Started by the UN Refugee Agency in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20 to draw attention to the plight of refugees across the globe and now more than ever the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons deserves attention and action.

The theme for World Refugee Day 2018 is aptly: “Now More Than Ever, We Need to Stand with Refugees.” and we surely do; the United Nations revealed a record high of 68.5 million individuals have now been displaced worldwide due to war, poverty, persecution and other events.

Innovation, Impact and Inquiry – My great experience at InterAction Forum 2018

For the first time, thanks to Atlas Corps I had the opportunity to attend the InterAction Forum 2018.

I volunteered in InterAction Forum 2018 for 3 days, from 12th to 14th June 2018 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

But what did the volunteering consist you might be asking? 

Volunteers serve in different capacities including:

  • Helping InterAction staff with pre-conference or conference set-up and activities
  • Greeting conference attendees and directing traffic between workshops
  • Assisting participants in locating conference rooms and other sites
  • Registration at the conference site
  • Other miscellaneous support as needed

Equal pay day

This year (2018) equal pay day was celebrated on April 10th. According to the Equal Pay Day Organization, the term “equal pay day” refers to the approximate date the typical woman must work into the new year to earn what the typical man made at the end of the previous year. The typical women must work 15 months in order to make the same amount that men will make in 12 months.

Gender Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings

UNHCR (2013) reported, because of its immediate and potentially life-threatening health consequences, coupled with the feasibility of preventing these consequences through medical care, addressing GBV, especially sexual violence, is a priority in humanitarian settings. At the same time, there is a growing recognition that affected populations can experience various forms of GBV during a conflict and natural disasters, during displacement, and during and following return. In particular, intimate partner violence is increasingly recognized as a critical GBV concern in humanitarian settings.




If I became a Social Designer was because as Graphic Designer I considered that I could not be against the consumer society. I lost the battle. The market needed to change models to encourage consumption. I did not accept to make products for the simple fact of supplying the market, it did not seem deontological. For me, any product must obey the attempt, successful or not, to improve another previous one.