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2020

1. Verdentum supports youth-driven COVID-19 efforts

Verdentum partners with the CYC once again. Verdentum's technology is helping launch, coordinate and track impact on a COVID-19 response grant program aimed at providing financial support to volunteering efforts from Commonwealth countries. Volunteers across the Commonwealth have connected through the app and are working to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable communities.

2019

1. AVCD Phase 2 - 2019

The MEASURE platform is used to track data for the second phase of the Accelerated Value Chain Development Project (AVCD) funded by Feed the Future and USAID. The Project aims to reach a total of 165,054 individuals in agricultural systems to practice and apply improved management practices and technologies.

2. AVISA

The MEASURE platform is used to track the Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA), a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project has a broad agenda of modernizing breeding and increasing incomes for smallholder farmers in seven nations across Africa.

3. SADL Project takes off

Verdentum Pro is used by AF Ecology to track projects that provide livelihood and security to 66,000 rural households living under extreme drought situations in 230 villages in the Anantapur district of Telangana, India. The project, named Sustainable Agriculture and Diversified Livelihoods (SADL) is funded by the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives.

4. May 29, 2019
Verdentum at the 1st UNHABITAT General Assembly in Nairobi

Verdentum's Head of Technology, Praveen Kuruganti, shares insights at the 1st UNHabitat General Assembly in Kenya.

5. Meetings at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya

Verdentum team members meet with Dr. Romano Kiome, Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Kenya and Board Member of the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya. The MEASURE platform, offered by Verdentum and ICRISAT is used by ILRI to track a number of large scale agriculture projects affecting hundreds of thousands of farmers in Kenya.

6. Meeting African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina

Verdentum's Founder meets with Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group and discusses Verdentum's work in the agriculture and development sectors.

7. Anantha Samruddhi Project

MEASURE technology is used to track the 'Anantha Samruddhi' project, funded by the Walmart Foundation. The project aims to help farmers improve farm based livelihood, establish entrepreneurial ventures for women and youth, and increase nutritional awareness among rural households.

500,000

8. Agriculture Projects tracked using Verdentum technology impact over 500,000 farmers in 20+ countries

9. In conversation with UNESCO

UNESCO publishes a conversation with Verdentum's Founder about the role of technology in impact measurement.

https://en.unesco.org/news/youthofunesco-measuring-impact

10. Verdentum & the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

Verdentum's platform was used to help volunteers track efforts to spread awareness about the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition. A snippet on Verdentum was published in a pamphlet provided during the Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

45+ countries

11. Projects with a value of over 200 million USD tracked using Verdentum technology in 45+ countries.

2018

1. Verdentum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM2018)

Verdentum's Founder is invited to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and has the privilege of speaking briefly with HRH Prince William about Verdentum's work.

https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/987684013757419525?s=20

2. Verdentum at Harvard Law School

Rohit spoke with students at Harvard Law School about Verdentum's work and policy challenges.

3. Supporting a global disability rights campaign

Verdentum partners with the CYC (Commonwealth Youth Council). The CYC used Verdentum platform to launch, coordinate and track impact on the "I AM ABLE" campaign, an 18 month campaign for youth with disabilities. The initiative is an attempt to address the marginalization and discriminaton of people with disabilities in Commonwealth countries and thus contribute towards more inclusive societies. Through the app volunteers from around the world were able to upload data, measure impact, and share experiences.

4. AVCD Phase 1 - 2018

The MEASURE platform is used to track the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project phase 1 - a large scale agriculture project funded by USAID and Feed The Future implemented jointly by three organizations: ILRI, CIP and ICRISAT. The project focuses on livestock, dairy, staple crops, root crops and staple drought tolerant crops value chains in 21 counties in Kenya, aiming to lift 326,000 households out of poverty, making them food secure and enabling their transition from subsistence to market-orientated farming.

5. International Blockchain Congress

Verdentum's work was shared at the International Blockchain Congress, a conference on blockchain technology hosted by the Government of Telangana and Govt. of Goa.

6. UNGA 2018

Verdentum met with its partners, clients and collaborators to learn more about new initiatives within the development space at the UNGA 73. The UNGA session allowed for interaction with global leaders and participation in sessions related to technology and the application of technology to address global problems.

7. Commonwealth Ministers Meeting, Malta

Verdentum technology was presented at the Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting in Malta. The meeting provided an opportunity to share updates on technology and discuss ways of improving efficiency on projects that address issues ranging from unemployment to mental health and drug abuse.

8. Meeting with the President of Rotary International

Verdentum's founder meets with the President of Rotary International, Barry Rassin, to discuss Verdentum's work and the role of technology in the volunteering space.

2017

1. Expanding pro-bono efforts

Verdentum expands its pro-bono efforts to provide more small and medium sized organizations with technology to improve efficiency and processes. Verdentum selects its first pro-bono grantee, the Nilgiri Adivasi Welfare Association, an organization working towards improved livelihoods and healthcare for Adivasi/indigenous communities affected by sickle cell disease in the Nilgiri Hills.

2. Speaking at the Points of Light advisory board meeting

Rohit speaks on a panel at the Points of Light advisory board meeting. The panel discussed innovation and technology in the volunteering/social development space. Rohit met former US President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, who established Points of Light, as well as Neil Bush, who now chairs the organization.

3. AF Ecology
Field work kicks-off in 2nd most drought prone region of India

The Accion Fraterna Ecology Center in Anantapur starts using the Verdentum app to coordinate and collect data from over 30,000 rural and underprivileged farmers for over 70 activities ranging from the distribution of aid to lining clay water storage pits with cement. With the app they were able to solve the problem of delayed transfer of information from the farm to the main offices and concentrate on uplifting farmers.

4. The MEAUSRE platform is launched

Verdentum partners with ICRISAT to launch MEASURE, a complete platform to launch, track and receive real-time analysis on agri-sector projects. The platform is aimed at enabling organizations to collect real-time, geo-tagged data about farmers, farmland, livestock, other on-field interventions, and other key indicators of agriculture research and extension.

5. Speaking at the OECD

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) invited Verdentum's Founder to share his thoughts at OECD Headquarters in Paris during a meeting with various country representatives. List of representatives can be found here:

https://www.oecd.org/dev/pgd/DevCom_Annual_Meeting2017_LOP.pdf

Prior to 2017

1. Initial pilot with the United Nations Academic Impact

1. Verdentum launches a global pilot with the United Nations Academic Impact. Students in Hyderabad connected with students at a school in Northeast India and with a school in Europe to discuss important global issues and strategies on how they can work together to solve problems.

2. Verdentum at the UN General Assembly

Meeting Alibaba Founder, Jack Ma at a UN Women high level breakfast during the UNGA.

3. Verdentum at Columbia University

Verdentum's Founder was invited to speak to students and faculty at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). His talk was focused on social networks and the role of technology in international development. Link to Columbia University: https://bit.ly/2WqAJmu

4. Presenting Verdentum at the United Nations

Rohit spoke to an audience of over 500, including diplomats, teachers and Fulbright scholars about Verdentum, the role of technology in measuring impact and the importance of committing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Rohit was introduced by Ramu Damodaran, Deputy Director at the United Nations DPI and former secretary to Prime Minister of India, PV Narasimha Rao.

5. Verdentum at MIT

Verdentum's founder was invited to share Verdentum's work with students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.

6. Meeting with Amnesty's CEO

Rohit meets with the Secretary General of Amnesty, Salil Shetty to discuss Verdentum's work and the role of technology in human rights.