Millions of children in today's world are denied their childhood and a fair chance at life. One in four under the age of five have never had their births recorded or registered, thereby lacking official IDs and being denied access to basic services, such as health care and education. In the absence of legal recognition, these children can be enlisted to serve as child soldiers, forced into marriage and labor markets before a legal age, become victims of human trafficking, or end up trapped in a life of criminality.

Lack of legal recognition or formal identification papers is a key barrier denying millions of children the enjoyment of their rights and realization of their potential. What can be done to help these "lost children"?

In this project, XPRIZE is designing a bold new prize competition to help "lost children" receive legal recognition and acquire a voice.

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NickAzerNickAzer Portland, OR, USAPosts: 83 admin
Please introduce yourself to the rest of the community here. Tell us a bit about yourself, your projects and your relation to XPRIZE.


  • NickAzerNickAzer Portland, OR, USAPosts: 83 admin
    I'm Nick Azer, your online community manager. I live in Portland, Oregon in the US. My background is in social media and blogging; I've been community manager here for the Amazonia, Zero-Waste Mining, and Carbon Removal prize designs, and for the last 6 years I have been the social media manager & content curator for the Google Lunar XPRIZE.

    If you have any community-related questions or need help, feel free to send me a message here anytime or email me at [email protected]!
  • SevagKechichianSevagKechichian Posts: 8 mod
    I'm Sevag Kechichian, a Research Analyst with XPRIZE, and leading the research of this project. I've worked on a number of projects since joining XPRIZE, such as the Future of Forests and Future of Food Impact Roadmaps. My background is in social sciences. Prior to XPRIZE, i had worked on a number of research projects, both in academia and for INGOs. Most relevant is some of the work i led for Amnesty International on human rights, including the rights of children.

    I will likely be asking a lot of questions, and happy to respond to any you might want to raise. So please feel free to get in touch!
  • LisaCovingtonLisaCovington Los Angeles, CaliforniaPosts: 44 mod
    Hello everyone! My name is Lisa Covington and I am a Product Manager on the Impact and Design team at XPRIZE. I am currently working as the Product Lead on the Lost Children Prize Design.

    I've been with the XPRIZE Foundation for several years and worked as Project Manger for the Barbara Bush Adult Literacy XPRIZE and as Product Manager for the Future of Longevity Impact Roadmap. I have 20+ year's experience in Non Profit Project Management.

    I look forward to engaging in discussions with you!
  • BryanNambaBryanNamba Posts: 12 mod
    Hi Everyone! I'm Bryan Namba, an Associate Project Manager on the Impact and Design team at XPRIZE. I am excited to be a part of this team working on the Lost Children Prize Design.

    My background is predominantly rooted in housing and homeless services policy. Before joining XPRIZE I was a policy analyst with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Prior, I advised on a similar portfolio of work with the City of Seattle Mayor's Office of Policy and Innovation.

    Looking forward to engaging in some great discussions!
  • Hello everyone,

    My name is Jenna Kay Foertsch and I am currently located down in Houston, TX at NASA Johnson Space Center.

    This summer I had the honor of doing some of the ground work for the Lost Children Prize while interning at XPRIZE. My background is in business development, marketing, data analytics, and creating a better world for all. I look forward to seeing the discussions around this prize as it was some of the most rewarding work I have ever had the privilege to be a part of.

    Also, any opinions I post do not reflect those of XPRIZE or NASA :) .
  • DamianoDamiano Posts: 2
    I'm Damiano Pizzol, MD, PhD, actually Health Program Officer for the Italian Cooperation in Jerusalem.
    I worked 3 years in Mozambique where the problem of Lost Children in my opinion is real, underestimated and difficult to address.
    I'm happy to be part of this community and hope to be helpful.
  • LisaCovingtonLisaCovington Los Angeles, CaliforniaPosts: 44 mod
    Hello @Damiano! Welcome to the community! We look forward to engaging with you around the topic and hearing your perspective and thoughts as someone who has seen the problem first hand.
  • DamianoDamiano Posts: 2
    Hi @Lisa thank you!! I'm happy to help on this!! I think that this is a very important issue but maybe it would be useful to start organizing a discussion by different sub-issues (i.e. epidemiology, existing data, existing strategies, challenges, aims etc...) what do you think?
  • NickAzerNickAzer Portland, OR, USAPosts: 83 admin
    Hi @Damiano, welcome! We do have a couple of discussions in our Key Issues forum we would love feedback on - Challenges: Formal Identification and Key Players. It'd be great to see any comments you might have there! (And any ideas you might have for further discussions, too.)
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