Each of our 5 semifinalists is creating incredible positive impact in their communities. At Demo Day on 9 March, each team shared their vision for a connected future. Check out their pitches here, and cast your vote for the strongest solution.
Note: Voting is open from 10 March-16 March 23:59 GMT. Please, one vote per person per day.
Gram Marg Solution for Rural Broadband
Open source low-cost hardware prototype utilizing Television White Spectrum to provide affordable access to rural communities.
Afri-Fi: Free Public WiFi
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
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 "Do it for yourselves" Networks (ZN)
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)
A new business model for telecommunication companies to provide free 2G to enable all the benefits of the open web to all.