Connecting Human Rights & Technology

to empower people to take action and help eliminate global social injustices.

Connecting Human Rights & Technology

to empower people to take action and help eliminate global social injustices.

Winners of two European Innovation Awards!

We are deeply honoured to receive not one but 2 European Awards for Innovation for our chatbot Sophia!

🥇The first prize at the Social Innovation Tournament 2023 in Stockholm by the European Investment Bank.

🏆The European Award for Innovation 2022/23 in at the Palace of Warsaw.

These momentous recognitions send a strong message that we a have a common responsibility across borders to put an end to violence against women everywhere. Our chatbot Sophia is here to help where you are:

to empower people to take action and help eliminate global social injustices.

to collaborate with partners across borders and industries to connect people in vulnerable situations to the resources they require.

to provide assistance to those in need through innovative solutions.

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Meet “Sophia”

The global chatbot empowering survivors of domestic violence

Sophia is the first of its kind: a chatbot available 24/7 to anyone impacted by domestic violence who needs assistance. Regardless of your location, you can access Sophia via your messaging app or at any time, completely anonymously, and without leaving a digital trace. Sophia is designed to be a trustworthy and guiding friend helping people in abusive relationships in three key ways (GAL): Gather potential evidence. Assess your rights. Learn your options.

Our team is comprised of genuine go-getters

CEO and Founder of Spring ACT

Rhiana Spring

Rhiana is an award-winning international human rights expert and entrepreneur. With the United Nations, the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and diverse NGOs and legal teams, Rhiana has defended the most vulnerable individuals and spearheaded multinational human rights projects across Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe. Rhiana currently serves as a Legal Officer to the African Union’s Peace and Security Department. She speaks five languages and holds three law degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford Brookes University. Aged 17, Rhiana set up and ran her first IT business, having taught herself various programming languages.
Hilda Liswani
ACT Advisor – Founder CEO of WeBloom Africa and EPFL Tech4Dev Sustainability Manager

Hilda Liswani

Hilda is the Forbes 30 under 30, award-winning Founder and CEO of Webloom Africa – an organisation building a pipeline of investments into women-led African enterprises, mainstreaming sustainable and gender-lens investing in Africa. She achieves this by collaborating with African innovation hubs to co-design female targeted entrepreneurial programs and build a pipeline of investable women-led African enterprises.

Hilda is currently the Tech4Dev Sustainability Engagement Manager at EPFL Tech4Impact, where she is assisting in bridging the gap between technology, innovation and social impact. She holds an M.Sc. in Migration, Mobility and Development from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Sciences and has has worked with organisations such as The European Commission, the MasterCard Foundation and Siemens in the negotiation and implementation of inclusive innovation strategies.

As a World Economic Forum (WEF) global shaper, she is part of a global community of changemakers. Hilda also received an award from Queen Elizabeth II for her work.

Rita Izsák-Ndiaye
ACT Advisor – Rapporteur of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Rita Izsák-Ndiaye

Rita Izsák-Ndiaye is an Assistant Secretary-General level human rights expert at the United Nations. She is the former UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, and currently serves as the Rapporteur and a Member of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Inspired by her own experiences of prejudice and discrimination based on her partly Roma origin, Rita works closely with victim groups, NGOs, governments, and international organisations around the world to better protect the rights of disadvantaged, discriminated and impoverished communities. Rita has been actively working in the areas of criminal justice systems, freedom of speech and hate speech, conflict and mass atrocity prevention, the responsibility to protect, and humanitarian affairs and reported regularly to the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly. She has also been successfully leading the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva for 6 years. Her work has taken her to 50 countries, including official missions to Iraq, Somalia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Republic of Moldova, Sri Lanka, and Brazil. Rita’s landmark reports and speeches have played an important role in understanding the particular challenges of minorities all around the world and resulted in crucial international recommendations on better cohesion and unity of societies.

Prior to joining the UN, Rita served as a Chief of Staff for the Hungarian Ministry of Justice and Public Administration. During this role, she was responsible for several key priorities under Hungary’s EU Presidency, including the establishment of the European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. Rita also served as the President and Director of the Tom Lantos Institute and worked for a diverse range of non-governmental and international organisations focused on the elimination of racial discrimination and protection of minorities, with a special focus on women and children. She has also been a strategic advisor and board member of several international organisations.

Rita holds a Masters in Law degree from the Péter Pázmány Catholic University, Budapest.

Flynn Coleman
ACT Advisor – Harvard University Fellow, Professor, Author, and International Human Rights Lawyer

Flynn Coleman

Flynn Coleman is a writer, a Harvard University fellow on human rights and technology, an award-winning international human rights lawyer, a professor, a public speaker, and the founder and CEO of Malena.

Flynn is the author of the book, A Human Algorithm, a groundbreaking narrative on the urgency of ethically designed AI and a guidebook to reimagining life in the era of intelligent technology.

She is the founding teacher at King’s College London Dickson Poon School of Law on redefining success in the law and the inaugural fellow at NYU School of Law’s Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship. Flynn has also taught at The New School and Parsons School of Design and has worked with the United Nations, the United States Federal Government, and with international corporations, universities, and human rights organisations around the world.

She has spoken, written, and taught on issues of war crimes, genocide, emerging technologies, behavioral economics and behavioral science, political reconciliation, the future of autonomous weaponry and war, post-conflict justice, artificial intelligence, ethical design and leadership, international trade, gender equality, improving access to justice and education through innovation, social entrepreneurship, global citizenship, storytelling, redefining success, and the future of work, purpose, technology, democracy, and humanity.

She holds a BSFS from Georgetown University, a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has also studied at La Sorbonne, the University of Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin, La Universidad de Chile, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal, and Université de Genève.

Drew Dudley
ACT Advisor – Founder CEO of Day One Leadership and bestselling author of This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters

Drew Dudley

Called one of the most dynamic speakers in the world, Drew is on a mission to help people unlearn some dangerous lessons about leadership. As the founder and chief catalyst of Day One Leadership, he has helped top organisations around the world increase their leadership capacity.

Prior to this, while Drew was still a student at university, he was heavily involved in Cystic Fibrosis Canada, eventually serving as the National Chair of the organisation. Later, he took on an even bigger challenge: creating and building what would become the largest and most dynamic leadership program in Canada, the Leadership Development Program at the University of Toronto.

But Drew has had challenges to overcome. Undiagnosed bipolar disorder and the struggles and emotional challenges of a career on the road 250 days a year led to serious health problems. Drew credits the Day One Process with saving his life as he began applying the process to working on his mental and physical health. Seeing that many people were also struggling silently, he began including his experiences in his talks, to remind people that their struggles and scars do not stand in the way of their leadership.

In 2018, Drew shared his Day One process along with his story in his bestselling book, This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters. It debuted at #6 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. As a speaker, Drew has delivered keynotes to more than 250,000 people across five continents. His TED talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” was voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time,” with almost five and a half million views.

With his wealth of expertise, Drew will be helping Kona build a value-based organisation that will be able to tackle the world’s biggest problems and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for our collaboration!

“There is no world. There's only six billion understandings of it.” – Drew Dudley



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