Our 2015 Social Innovation Grantees

We are delighted to announce our January, February and March Social Innovation grantees. This group includes our first two international grantees — organizations based in the UK and Egypt — we look forward to growing Udemy’s Social Innovation program around the world. Read more about our six winners below! Learn more about our grant program here.

Tahrir Academy

Course: “Genetics and Inheritance” (Arabic)

With 4.5 million views on YouTube, this Egyptian nonprofit is revolutionizing access to education through the creation of engaging learning experiences to “stimulate the minds of Egyptian youth, empowering them to think, choose and decide.” They aim to build the biggest Arabic video library to provide educational content to the 13-18 year-old Egyptian youth demographic. Udemy is delighted to partner to expand the depth of their science offerings. With this grant Tahrir Academy will create a course on Genetics and Inheritance. This course will seek to make science more personalized and engaging, helping students understand their own heritage and variations over generations. We all share humanity; however, each of us was born unique with a fingerprint of genetic material. Tahrir Academy’s course will help students connect and stay engaged with science as a potential career path.

Student Hubs

Course:  “Effective Tutoring to Challenge Educational Disadvantage”

Student Hubs’ mission is to support university students to tutor underachieving pupils, inspiring a life-long commitment to challenging educational disadvantage.  Over the last five years they have placed over 850+ tutors volunteering every week in seven UK cities. Udemy is excited to be able to fund and host their course aimed at helping tutors around the world be more effective in the support they can offer, training volunteers in a wide range of teaching skills, including engagement of pupils, use of effective questioning or child safeguarding.  The organization’s biggest barrier to placing more tutors in the community is not finding willing volunteers, but the cost of hosting enough training sessions! Through the creation of this course, Schools Plus will be able to train more tutors, supporting them more effectively in order to achieve their vision of a world in which every child reaches its academic potential.

Organisation of American States

Course:  “Pedagogical Strategies for the Development of Critical Thinking: Toolkit for teaching practice” (Spanish and English)

The Organization of American States or the OAS or OEA, is an inter-continental organization founded on 30 April 1948, for the purposes of regional solidarity and cooperation among its member states. Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere.  One of their main lines of action in the Inter American Education Agenda of the OAS is teacher professional development. Teaching teachers about developing critical thinking in students has been identified as one of the needs in the region, training in this strategic area will promote a change in the classroom to improve the education in the Americas. With seven million teachers in the region, OAS is in the position to reach a broad audience.

Urban Age Institute

Course: “Urban Innovation: City Sustainability & Technology Solutions”

The Urban Age Institute works to “foster leadership and innovation between and among cities in areas of strategic urban planning, urban policy, public sector management, sustainable environmental planning, and poverty reduction.” Their course will serve as an introduction to various innovators and initiatives at the bleeding edge of urban sustainability and connected technology. The course focuses on the scaling-up of practical urban solutions in infrastructure, policy, design, equity, technology, energy, mobility, water, finance, and more. The course increases the accessibility of knowledge about innovative urban sustainability solutions, particularly to those working on related challenges, who may not otherwise have the time or resources to participate in industry conferences or undertake relevant professional development.

Community Technology Alliance

Course: Homeless Management Information Systems Data Security

Community Technology Alliance is a nonprofit organization located in San Jose CA. Their mission is to harness technologies to empower communities to develop data-driven solutions to poverty and homelessness. The largest and most extensive project that CTA manages is the HMIS or the Homeless Management Information System for the County of Santa Clara and for several Bay Area Counties for the last 11 years.This HMIS Data Security course is an extension of CTA’s mission to empower because it gives nonprofits and human service agencies around the country the required knowledge and training to properly protect and handle client data. The course will aim to provide considerable saving in time and resources, helping organizations to better serve homeless and vulnerable in their communities.


Course: Effective Presentations for NGO’s (Spanish)

Wingu is an Argentinian nonprofit organization whose goal is to bridge the technological gap in the social sector. All of Wingu’s programs are based on the simple principle of making organizations more self­ sufficient and independent by the implementation of new technologies. Their course aims to help NGOs in Argentina and all of Latin America to develop stronger presentation skills, in order to better convey their messages and inspire action for their particular cause.This course will be produced in partnership with Techsoup Global.