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Wireless Innovation Project Application Period is Closed
Thanks to applicants – we look forward to reading about everyone’s innovations! See our timeline for notifying finalists and winners.
Wireless Innovation Project Application Deadline Extended to March 13th!
The Wireless Innovation Project application deadline has been extended to March 13th. If you have started an application, we encourage completing your application and submission as soon as possible. Should you have any technical difficulties with the application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to assist.
Nexleaf Founder Applies Tech to Social Justice
For Nithya Ramanathan, founding a non-profit but running it like a tech company was a means to do the most good possible and finding a little redemption along the way. more
Vodafone Americas Foundation™ Seeks Latest Connected Innovations to Enter the Ninth Annual Wireless Innovation Project Awards
Vodafone Americas Lays Foundation for Social Change Women in Comms
Mobile holds the key to bringing banking to the unbanked, healthcare to rural areas and opportunities for women who may otherwise be hard to reach. Realizing the full potential of mobile technologies and using it for the good of the world is what brings June Sugiyama to work every day. more
Leveraging Technology for Good: An Interview With June Sugiyama, Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation NextBillion
With its parent corporation ranked as one of the top telecom companies in the world, Vodafone Americas Foundation’s focus is a natural fit: “We support projects that use technology for social impact,” says June Sugiyama, the foundation’s director. more
This Bluetooth Diaphragm Can Sense When A Woman Will Give Birth Fast Company
The device senses changes in the cervix and can give a warning about preterm births—before contractions start. more
Vodafone Americas Foundation™ Announces Winners of Eighth Annual Wireless Innovation Project TechRepublic
Vodafone Americas Foundation hosts a yearly contest to promote innovation in the mobile/wireless technology space. Learn about the 2016 winners and see what they brought to the table. more
Vodafone Americas Foundation™ Announces Winners of Eighth Annual Wireless Innovation Project
The Vodafone Americas Foundation today, at the Social Innovation Summit 2016 in Washington, D.C, announced the winners of its eighth annual Wireless Innovation Project (WIP), a competition for wireless-related technologies aimed at solving the critical issues facing the world today. Neopenda will be awarded the $300,000 first place prize for their newborn vital signs monitoring device. For the second time in the competition’s history, judges determined a tie for the 2nd place prize which will be awarded to EyeSee and c-Air for the potential of their respective innovations. Each will receive the traditional second place prize of $200,000, making the total prize amount awarded in this year’s WIP $700,000. more
Vodafone Americas Foundation Introduces Fourth Core Focus: Empowering Women and Girls Through Technology
The Vodafone Americas Foundation today added a new initiative to empower women and girls through technology. The new focus area will provide grants and additional support to technology-driven programs to strengthen the stance of women and girls. By adding this initiative to its three original priorities—spark innovation, improve lives, and strengthen the global development sector—the Vodafone Americas Foundation will support programs designed to enable and empower women and girls through the advantages of technology. more
Here Is The Founder Of A Massive Mobile Market For Africa’s Artisans
Gwendolyn Floyd is the co-creator of Soko, a high impact mobile marketplace that connects artisans in the developing world to customers everywhere. With an early focus on Kenyan producers, Soko received last year a $200,000 award through the Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project (WIP), and sells goods directly to consumers, as well as through retailers such as Nordstrom and Forever 21. more