The Vodafone Foundation has picked five organisations to take part in its Change Accelerator programme. The programme aims to help excluded and disadvantaged young people. It uses technology developed by Vodafone’s Xone laboratory.

Each organisation on the programme gets a $15,000 grant to cover their expenses during the six-week programme based at Vodafone’s Christchurch Innov8 centre. At the end of the programme the Vodafone Foundation will invite them to apply for Foundation’s Innovation Fund.

Among the organisations are Ngati Porou Hauora, a health provider from the East Cape. It has an app that offers fly-buys-like incentives. This will encourage parents into regular contact with health, education and childcare services.

Taumaranui’s Thrive Trust has a “Tiny House” microbusiness incubator that aims to address housing issues.

The Bay of Plenty’s Sexual Assault Services is developing an app for young people who feel at risk. It sends an alert and geo-tagged location message to a trusted network of family and friends.

Auckland’s Ngā Rangatahi Toa, offers a programme for excluded students. Central Otago’s Sticks 'n' Stones works to stop bullying and plans to offer rural young people support.