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  • Vodafone Americas Foundation Introduces Fourth Core Focus: Empowering Women and Girls Through Technology

    Girls Who CodeThe 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 FloydGwendolyn 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

  • Vodafone launches 8th Annual Wireless Innovation Project

    Vodafone Americas Foundation holds an annual contest to promote innovation in the mobile/wireless technology space. They’re now accepting entries for their 8th competition. more

  • Vodafone Americas Foundation™ Opens Call For Entries To Eighth Annual Wireless Innovation Project

    The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ today kicked off the eighth annual Wireless Innovation Project™ (WIP), opening the call for submissions to applicants for their wireless-related technologies with the high potential to solve critical issues facing the world today. more

  • Vodafone Americas Foundation™ Announces Winners of Seventh Annual Wireless Innovation Project

    The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ today announced winners of its seventh annual Wireless Innovation Project™: Caltech Sanitation Project, WellDone Mobile Monitor (MoMo), and Mobile Stethoscope Diagnostics. more

  • Creating a Mobile App? 6 Privacy and Ethics Points to Discuss with Your Developer

    Mobile innovation for social good takes many forms—and one that the Vodafone Americas Foundation has supported since its creation is the development of mobile apps. But there’s much more to developing an app then putting code to computer. more

  • 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

  • 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

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Vodafone Americas is committed to helping close the gender gap and is working with the Vodafone Americas Foundation to celebrate women across the country. This week, there will be a number of initiatives for Vodafone employees to get involved to discuss and focus on women’s equality more

  • Wireless Innovation Deadline Extended to March 6!

    The application submission deadline for the Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project has been extended until midnight PST on Sunday, March 6th. We hope that this extension will allow you the chance to quickly finish the application you have already started and submit your project that can help people around the world!
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  • What do toilets text when they are all alone?

    cody_finke_303x303I didn’t start out to become the creator of a texting toilet, but my team’s invention, with the Vodafone Americas Foundation’s help, will make a major contribution to solving one of the world’s biggest development challenges. About 2.5 billion people—around half the people in the developing world—do not use an improved sanitation facility according to the United Nations. Improved sanitation is not the inside toilet you and I are used to, but covers facilities as basic as a pit latrine covered by a slab. This is a major problem with a wide-ranging impact on health, environment and livelihoods. more

  • A Mobile Health Kit to Detect Pulmonary Disease

    MobileStethoscopeDiagnostics_MassachusettsInstituteofTechnology_DLabMy advisor, Dr. Rich Fletcher, and I began our investigation of pulmonary diseases last fall. We learned that these diseases are significant causes of morbidity and mortality and the burden is mostly focused on the developing world. However, the standard techniques for diagnosing these diseases require expensive machines and well-trained technicians, both of which can be lacking in resource-poor settings. more