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.
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.
Leveraging Technology for Good: An Interview With June Sugiyama, Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation
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.
The device senses changes in the cervix and can give a warning about preterm births—before contractions start.
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.
June Sugiyama is helping a major business to ramp up its efforts to empower women and girls in tech. Sugiyama, as director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation, is well placed to push forward an agenda based around promoting, protecting and educating women and girls in tech.
Vodafone Americas Foundation seeks to address the gap between women and men in the technology field, whereby, according to Vodafone Americas Foundation, “while women represent over half of college graduates in the US, they make up only 30 percent of workers at large technology companies.” A leader in empowering women, last year Vodafone “became one of the first organizations in the world to define a mandatory minimum maternity benefits standard. The company also committed to increasing the number of women in leadership roles within its company to 30 percent.” Now they seek to promote those values elsewhere.
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.
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.
Mobile healthcare applications for the iPhone and Android—for tracking one’s fitness, prescriptions and doctors’ appointments—are expected to be the biggest medical technology trend in 2015, physicians and other experts told FoxNews.com.