Semifinalists

Gram Marg Solution for Rural Broadband

Gram Marg Solution for Rural Broadband

Presenter: Dr Sarbani Banerjee Belur
Team Leader: Prof Abhay Karandikar
Location: Mumbai, India

Open source low-cost hardware prototype utilizing Television White Spectrum to provide affordable access to rural communities.

Afri-Fi: Free Public WiFi

Afri-Fi: Free Public WiFi

Presenter: Tim Genders
Team Leader: Tim Human
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Model to make Project Isizwe financially sustainable by connecting brands to an untapped, national audience, specifically low-income communities who otherwise cannot afford connectivity.

Free Networks P2P Cooperative

Free Networks P2P Cooperative

Team Leader: Bruno Vianna
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cooperative that enables communities to set-up networks to get access to the Internet and then supports itself through the cooperative fees, and while co-creating the knowledge and respecting the local cultures.

Zenzeleni

Zenzeleni "Do it for yourselves" Networks (ZN)

Team Leader: Dr Carlos Rey-Moreno
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Bottom-up telecommunications co-operatives that allows the most disadvantaged rural areas of South Africa to self-provide affordable communications at a fraction of the cost offered by other operators.

Freemium Mobile Internet (FMI)

Freemium Mobile Internet (FMI)

Team Leader: Steve Song
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

A new business model for telecommunication companies to provide free 2G to enable all the benefits of the open web to all.