Two young people from Providencia aim to connect school communities around the world to combat bullying and violence, with the educational startup Tribu Monsta, the winning project of the Chilean version of Falling Walls Lab. The recognition will allow this group of developers to represent our country in a global science and innovation competition, which brings together leaders in different disciplines from more than 60 countries.
Published in Publimetro on August 18, 2020.
Translated by Macarena Churruca
The technological platform, which has already been recognized as a leading project in Latin America by the U.S. Government’s Bureau of Education and piloted in India, is a safe social network for students, teachers and parents, which uses playful and supportive challenges to enhance the development of socio-educational skills to combat bullying and violence.
It is estimated that one out of every three children and young people in the world are victims of this problem. “Educational communities are suffering a serious crisis in learning and emotional health,” says Eduardo Castillo, one of the founders of the Startup. “This award motivates and empowers us, that we are on the right way”.
“We are convinced that our idea can break down the walls of violence and bullying, which have serious consequences in the short, medium and long term for children and teenagers: stress, anguish, anxiety, depression, which have increased especially in these times of pandemic”.
Tribu Monsta was one of eleven teams of researchers from four regions of the country that were part of the defining day, which was organized by the Interdisciplinary Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencias de Valparaíso (CINV), the Ciencia Joven Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Falling Walls Foundation.
Juan Carlos García, executive director of CINV, commented that the national final of Falling Walls stood out for its diversity: four regions participated (Antofagasta, Valparaíso, Santiago and Biobío), and also researchers from different fields of knowledge: health, education, environment and urban transport, among others.
“It was a different version, but one that reflects very well the spirit of Falling Walls: in the face of difficulties, new answers must be found. The participants showed a great diversity of proposals and realities. The world has brought us this year great questions in health, environment and the way we communicate,” stated García.
“This year’s call-up shows us that diversity and collaboration are central elements in making science that impacts and can change lives,” highlighted Oscar Contreras, president of the Ciencia Joven Foundation.
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