#HomelessEntrepreneur (#HE) will be at the AI for Good Summit in Geneva

Andrew Funk, founder and CEO of #HE will be at the 2nd edition of the AI for Good Global Summit (Geneva, Switzerland, 15-17 May 2018) to present #HE’s initiative to end homelessness.  The AI for Good series is the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI.

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The action-oriented 2018 summit will identify practical applications of AI and supporting strategies to improve the quality and sustainability of life on our planet. AI can accelerate the progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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SDG 11 is facing enormous challenges in making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Due to the unprecedented urban growth the world has experienced in recent decades, we believe homeless people should be considered a key part of the challenges that the new urban ecosystems are experiencing.
 

HOW CAN AI HELP ENDING HOMELESSNESS?

At #HE we are working on a program that is inclusive and fosters economic empowerment to end homelessness for those willing and able to participate. By leveraging machine learning (WorkVibez), #HomelessEntrepreneurs will soon be able to use AI to develop their professional skills on a job creation platform and by applying blockchain technology (ComGo), they will have smart verified profiles, which means a safe, official digital identity accessible for service and support providers as well as government officials.

Machine Learning can enable us to predict homelessness as well as suggest means to eradicate it.”
— Hassan Raza

Hassan Raza, Growth Hacker and Co-Founder of Revolution Flame Social Media Group and WorkVibez, also shares the opinion that AI plays a key role in ending homelessness. First of all, machine learning will be used to predict a homeless person’s employability and learning needs, which will ultimately connect him or her with relevant support groups, so s/he can attain and enhance his or her professional skills and turn dream jobs into a reality.

Secondly, it will be used to measure a homeless person’s mental and emotional health in order to help him or her improve specific factors via self-paced e-learning suggestions.

Lastly, it will be used to predict a homeless person’s learning outcomes as well as how much socio-economic education s/he needs to end homelessness for him/herself alongside the community supporting them.

A smart city needs homeless people to participate actively with the support of a committed community directed by #HomelessEntrepreneur, AI tools to enhance the results and blockchain technology to verify the process and create credibility so a smart city no longer has any homeless people to need.

A Smart City without homeless people is a Smarter City.
— Andrew Funk

¿WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP END HOMELESNESS?

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Excerpt from "Miner* Celebrity: How an Underground Artist Found Fame in NYC

"So last Spring I stopped selling music on the streets after experiencing a
really bad skin infection. I lost my room uptown and had to move to
Yonkers, and then to Ellenville, N.Y., not far from the correctional
facility I had been released from, completely off of parole supervision 17
years ago. After Ellenville I moved to Fort Lee, New Jersey, with my pal
Ben and then to Queens.

After a long stint of boarding I had to surrender to the tide. I mean one
can only ride the wave for so long before being a washed onshore. Even if
like me, you've only been bed and couch-surfing, there comes a time where
any and everything subject to time and tide, comes to an end.

So I conceded finally, like a candidate after a hard fought, but lost
battle, and went and signed into a homeless shelter. I sobbed as I sat
there and waited to be processed (people and food are naturally better
un-processed).

Not that I hadn't felt shame before, but because I thought it all a thing
of the past. A man that is bound before he is done away with doesn't only
lament his eventuality, but his ineffectiveness. That was day one- I
thanked Jehovah God, and begged for his spirit to guide and protect me, and
then I slept, and slept well.

Day two: I thanked Him for waking me up and for the rebuilding that has
already begun now after my breakdown. I went and grabbed some of my things
from my old place to bring to my new place, and felt a freedom and fire
that not even the cold rain could deny or damper. I returned somewhat
triumphant back to the shelter and was tickled all day by the way the
caseworkers referred to us all as “clients” and shuffled many papers to be
signed, that combined seemed, ironically-at least to this homeless guy,
like we were buying houses."

Music

Words 
 

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Thanks!

The #HomelessEntrepreneur team

Sleepout at Mobile World Congress 2018

Are you in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress (February 25 - March 1)? Do you have a smartphone? Does it bother you when you see a human being sleeping in the street? Do you believe actions speak louder than words?

If you've answered "Yes" to all four questions you have officially qualified as someone who can participate in #HomelessEntrepreneur's 18th monthly sleepout on February 25th in front of the #MWC18 entrance at La Fira Gran Via in L'Hospitalet.

We will kick the sleepout off with a street debate on February 25th from 19h30-20h30 to discuss how we can create a better future for and with homeless people thanks to connectivity and active citizen participation
— Andrew Funk, President of #HomelessEntrepreneur

Sleeping in the street is not a joking matter

Sleeping in the street for one night isn't going to kill you, but sleeping there every night can and will especially in winter and during cold fronts. A #HomelessEntrepreneur named Tomas who has successfully gotten off the street lost a close friend of his last week for this exact reason. Carol was only 45 years old. (Read story)

Greater Awareness, less homelessness

We understand the importance of creating greater awareness to prevent these types of situations, which is why we have committed to spending at least 24 hours per month to living and sleeping in the street. You should have to sleep in -6 C in Davos like we did at the World Economic Forum to comprehend that the cold eliminates homelessness literally, but sleeping with us in Barcelona at 5ºC will definitely open up your eyes so you recognize the urgency of creating work and housing for and with homeless people.

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-6ºC

Davos, Switzerland

3rd Year at Mobile World Congress

2016 - Tried to get 3 minute conversation with Mark Zuckerberg

2017 - Presented United Homeless Bank idea. (Read article)

2018 - Want to end homelessness for 100. (Read article)

Who will sleepout?

Homeless people and citizens with housing will be sharing the space, and most importantly, the time and conversations together. Any adult who wants to show their support and create greater awareness can participate.

What should you bring?

1) A sleeping bag

2) An open mind

3) A few good jokes (optional)

How to participate if you can't sleep out with us?

Share this post with people you know how may be interested in joining us. It's free and you can do it on your phone from wherever you are!

Can we create a better future for & with homeless people?

Yes, and we should because active citizen participation is the only solution!

If you'd like to make a donation to help us speed up the process of creating work and housing for and with homeless people in our program, please click on this link: DONATE.

For further information, please email us at funk@homelessentrepreneur.org
or call us at +34 697 877 089.
— #HomelessEntrepreneur