The Vodafone Americas Foundation has announced its ninth annual Wireless Innovation Project, which offers applicants the opportunity to win up to $300,000 for innovative mobile solutions with the potential to solve critical global issues.
The program is designed to recognize the growth taking place in mobile innovation and the potential for mobile and wireless technology to help solve critical social issues around the world. Winners in previous years have received additional funding that has enabled them to further develop and scale their innovations, as well as hire talent.
The mobile or wireless solution must have the potential to solve issues in one of the following areas: access to communication, education, economic development, the environment, and health. The project must be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period, and the technology should have the potential for replication and large-scale impact. In addition, teams should have a business plan or a basic framework for financial sustainability and roll out.
Applicants compete for first-, second- and third-place prizes worth $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000, respectively.
See the Vodafone Americas website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.