At UTS, social justice within and outside of our campus is considered core business for the university. Within this context, Rapido has incubated Rapido Social; a social innovation initiative that is a world-first.
Introducing Rapido Social
Rapido Social uses cutting-edge technology to drive accelerated social impact. Rapido Social works with industry, academia, and the social impact sector in using innovation and engineering to help solve some of the world’s most pressing social challenges.
We acknowledge that funding can be a constraint for socially-minded organisations. So, unlike with our commercial offering, Rapido Social offers a range of different costing options for social impact organisations who are impact-high but cash-poor.
Key highlights include:
- Cutting-edge technology development for non-profits, for-purpose businesses, and social enterprises
- Skilled-volunteering opportunities for industry workforce contingents to work on UTS Rapido social innovation opportunities
- Financial partnership opportunities for corporate and government partners who are looking to drive social impact through a trusted University partner
- Access to AU government grants (CRC, CRC-P, AMGC, Innovation Connection, Tech Vouchers)
Social Impact project highlights
Rapido Social worked in collaboration with the Centre for Indigenous Technology Research and Development to develop #thismymob, the first ever mobile app connecting Indigenous People digitally.
The app exists to drive the social connection between previously socially fragmented communities – providing a safe space for Indigenous people online.
The app also allows appropriate connection between communities and certain government and industry organisations to drive access to key social services information & entrepreneurship opportunities in hard-to-reach communities.
Stay Kind Foundation
- Rapido Social has supported the development of a complete bespoke digital solution for the Stay Kind Foundation. The Stay Kind Foundation is an Australian non-profit organisation that operates in the youth safety and mental health spaces. The foundation provides help to young people out in the city on Friday and Saturday nights, and drives initiatives to advocate for and actively promote acts of kindness to combat youth suicide rates.
- The Rapido Social team, over the space of two years, worked to co-design a digital transformation solution for the foundation to help them most effectively and efficiently service the needs of their vulnerable constituents.
- Rapido Social has worked with humanitarian engineering organisations Hitnet and Field Ready to increase access to digital technologies in the pacific islands.
- The project, funded by the Department of Foreign Affair’s (DFAT) Technology for Development Challenge in the Solomon Islands, will see the deployment of internet kiosks into a solar-powered, off-grid technology solution. This will provide Solomon Islanders with much-needed access to the digital world.
- Rapido Social has provided the mechatronic engineering expertise to engineer solar power into wifi kiosks.
- Rapido Social is working with for-purpose tech business AbilityMade to 3D print ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) to help children with physical disability walk.
- Globally, 100 million children need orthoses – and demand is exponentially outstripping the supply of the orthotists who make them. The process of a child getting a plaster-casted orthotic is often slow, messy and traumatic for the child and their families.
- These compounding issues, paired with a desire to help people with disabilities access the equipment they need, drove AbilityMade and Rapido social to partner in providing access to 3D printed AFOs.
- Rapido Social has worked with the UTS high-end 3D printing precinct, the ProtoSpace, to print up to 10 AFOs for children from refugee backgrounds.