Vodafone Foundation launched the fifth edition of their flagship initiative ‘Mobile for Good Awards 2015’, in partnership with NASSCOM Foundation. The Awards recognize and support emerging talent and innovative ideas & mobile solutions from NGOs, foundations, 'Non-profits' and ‘For profit’ enterprises that facilitate community empowerment and inclusive growth. The company will pick 11 best innovations this year, from the two categories - Leading change maker (NPO) and Leading change maker (For-profits). Innovative mobile driven solutions in four critical areas of Health, Education, Agriculture & Environment and Women Empowerment & Inclusive Development will be selected from both the categories.
|Madhu Sirohi, Head, Vodafone foundation India, Speaking at the event.|
The five winning NGOs/NPOs will receive Rs.1.2 million (INR) in addition to mentoring, monitoring and impact evaluation support from partner institutions. All winning projects will also get featured on Vodafone's Social Apps Marketplace, which will launch soon.
The Mobile for Good Awards 2015 initiative is led by the Vodafone Foundation; powered by NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum as Implementation Partners; Grant Thornton India LLP as Knowledge Partners and NextGen as Mentorship Partners. The Mobile for Good Awards aim to recognize, support and promote mobile innovations for bringing social change in the country.
On the launch event, which was held in Mumbai on June 25, 2015, Mr. P Balaji, Director- Regulatory & External Affairs, Vodafone India, quoted:
“This year, ‘the Mobile for Good Awards’ a marquee proposition from Vodafone Foundation, enters fifth year of its successful social initiative to recognize innovative mobile solutions in the country. Our mission, in line with the government’s vision of Digital India, is to build a platform for these innovators, recognize them and support them further for scalability and sustainability through funding and mentorship. This year with a new partnership with NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum, we intend to reach out to the mobile innovations across India and provide them with the necessary help for a greater impact.”
Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Forum said:
“We are glad to collaborate with Vodafone Foundation to enable the most powerful tool in people’s hands today, help improve their lives” He further added, “We are hopeful that Mobile for Good will act as a catalyst to bring forward break through innovations in mobile technology from across the country and these innovations will help integrate social objectives with technology to fuel social development in India.”
Applicants from NGOs / NFPs and for profit organisations can submit their entries on the portal www.vodafone.in/mobileforgood until 31 July 2015. 2. The final winners for the 2015 Awards will be announced on 3 December 2015 in New Delhi