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Wireless for good. We leverage Vodafone’s knowledge and experience to foster new technologies to address critical issues around the world. In addition to making community grants we do the following:

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  • Mobile Microscopes: Snapping The Future Of Health Care.

    Smartphone cameras can do so much more than capture selfies—they can detect everything from an ear infection to cervical cancer. more

  • Vodafone Americas Foundation Announces Winners of Sixth Annual Wireless Innovation Project™ Competition.

    Total Prizes of US $600,000 Awarded to Creators of Three “Mobile for Good” Solutions. press release

  • 2014 Wireless Innovation Project Winners Announced by Vodafone Americas Foundation

    The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ today announced winners of its sixth annual Wireless Innovation Project, a competition where entrepreneurs, creators and developers from universities, NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and non-profits are invited to submit innovations that make a difference in the world under the theme of “mobile for good.” more

  • Wireless Innovation Project Competition Awards Change-Makers in the Mobile Space

    Vodafone Americas Foundation announced the winners [of the Wireless Innovation Project] today during the Social Innovation Summit 2014, being held at the United Nations Plaza, and it’s tough not to get excited about their ideas. more

  • Educational Games for Malaria Diagnosis

    Crowdsourcing of complex tasks to expert and nonexpert populations has emerged as a powerful tool to solve intricate or time-consuming problems by merging individual human responses through statistical analysis. Recently, we introduced a gaming-based crowdsourcing platform—BioGames—for distributed biomedical image analysis and diagnosis. more

  • Finalists Named for Sixth Annual Wireless Innovation Project™ Competition

    Wireless Innovation Project finalist awards
    The Vodafone Americas Foundation today announced that finalists have been selected for its sixth annual Wireless Innovation Project Competition™ (WIP). Since its inception in 2009, WIP has provided funding for a range of outstanding mobile and wireless technology innovations, awarding more than $2 million to universities, not‐for‐profit and non-governmental organizations. WIP offers applicants the opportunity to win a total prize fund of $600,000 for innovative mobile solutions that have potential to solve critical global issues. All finalists were recognized at a reception held in Redwood City on Tuesday, April 1.. more

  • Code for America Shows How Empathy and Technology Can Improve Government

    Technology is definitely key in CfA’s work helping government become more engaging, user-friendly and effective, but I believe that there’s also a secret sauce that makes it work—empathy. more

  • New Apps Aim to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

    Vodafone Americas Foundation supports mobile projects that help many communities, including technology that assists domestic violence victims and their service providers. more

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  • InVenture—Financial Management for the Emerging Middle Class in Africa and Southeast Asia

    Mobile phones are reaching an unprecedented number of individuals in regions such as Africa and Southeast Asia, with nearly 880 million new connections expected by 2020 (according to a 2014 report by GSMA). This penetration into impoverished urban centers and remote rural villages means that individuals formerly cut-off from basic financial services such as cash flow statements or credit can now be reached through a touch of a button. InVenture is leveraging this technological transformation to make financial tracking and loan applications as easy as possible for the emerging middle class. more

  • SMART Diaphragm: Two and a Half Years In and Going Strong

    Each year about 15 million babies are born prematurely and over one million of these babies die, making preterm birth the leading cause of infant mortality. In developed communities, these premature babies are often given a chance to thrive by spending their first days in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) of hospitals. But in many parts of the world, birth happens in a rural village far away from hospitals and it is impossible for pregnant mothers to make the trip once labor has begun. more

  • Bringing Economic Opportunity to the Un-banked: FrontlineSMS:Credit

    For citizens of the developed world, the process of transferring, saving and managing money is as simple as visiting one of many bank branches near us or by using a debit card. Making purchases, obtaining loans and establishing credit enable us to purchase a home, start a business or send funds to relatives. In Kenya and many other developing countries, this process is much more difficult. more