Semifinalists

Gram Marg Solution for Rural Broadband

Gram Marg Solution for Rural Broadband

Team Leader: Abhay Karandikar
Location: Mumbai, India

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

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.

The judges are deliberating. Winners will be announced on 29th March 2017. Stay tuned!
Afri-Fi: Free Public WiFi

Afri-Fi: Free Public WiFi

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: 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.

The judges are deliberating. Winners will be announced on 29th March 2017. Stay tuned!