Vodafone Americas Names Innovation Contest Finalists
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. --The Vodafone Americas Foundation today announced the eight finalists in its eighth annual Wireless Innovation Project (WIP), an annual competition for wireless-related technologies aimed at solving the critical issues facing the world today. The finalists, who span non-profits, universities, and social entrepreneurs, were chosen as the solutions with the highest potential to make a difference for people around the world and create lasting social change.
“This year’s Wireless Innovation Project finalists have developed innovative solutions to solve problems in every sector from energy to sustainability to healthcare – truly reflecting the most urgent issues facing the global community today,” said June Sugiyama, Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation. “We’re proud to recognize the outstanding work of these individuals who are changing the world with wireless technology, and look forward to choosing our three winners in June.”
From the eight finalists, a panel of judges will select three winners, to be announced during the Social Innovation Summit 2016 in Washington, D.C on June 7-8. The first place winner will be awarded $300,000, second place $200,000, and third place $100,000, to continue developing their projects. The awards will be paid out over the course of three years. Since launching in 2009, the Wireless Innovation Project has awarded $4.2 million to unique solutions created to address critical issues around the world. Past WIP winners have gone on to future success through international accolades, various industry prizes, and more than $9.5 million in additional funding following their involvement with WIP.
Last year’s WIP winner, California Institute of Technology’s SEVA Sustainable Sanitation, was awarded the $300,000 first place prize for its vision to provide an intelligent black water treatment system, with the aim of helping the 2.5 billion people - around half the people in the developing world - who do not use an improved sanitation facility. The awarded funding combined with Vodafone’s global experience and industry knowledge has helped SEVA bring its sustainable solution to people in new communities in need around the world.