Announcing the Winners!

Overall Winner!Overall Winner!

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.

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“We purposefully had a broad call for innovation in this Challenge. We hoped we would find a team with the ingenuity to create a low-cost and scalable solution, the humility to experiment and iterate, and the vision to imagine a way to change people’s lives for the better. Gram Marg delivered fully on all three.”

MITCHELL BAKER, EXECUTIVE CHAIRWOMAN, MOZILLA FOUNDATION

“What impressed me particularly about Gram Marg was their ability to use TV White Space spectrum to radically reduce the cost of connectivity. Also, their technology is open source, which means that it is accessible to anyone anywhere.”

NIKHIL PAHWA, FOUNDER @MEDIANAMA & CO-FOUNDER
SAVETHEINTERNET.IN
Afri-Fi: Free Public WiFiAfri-Fi: Free Public WiFi
Runner Up

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.

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“The Afri-Fi approach towards community building, partnerships, developing local community entrepreneurs and inclusivity, with a goal of connecting some of the most marginalized communities, are all key factors in why they deserve this recognition and are leading the FREE Internet movement in Southern Africa.”

MARLON PARKER, FOUNDER, RECONSTRUCTED LIVING LABS
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Most Novel

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.

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“The Free Networks P2P Cooperative surprised me with their very simple but highly innovative solution proposal: empowering communities to build their own infrastructure in an affordable and sustainable way. I will closely follow their path forward and can only encourage funders and communities to get in touch and work with Bruno and his amazing team.”

ROCIO FONSECA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, START-UP CHILE
Zenzeleni

Finalist

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.

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Freemium Mobile Internet (FMI)

Finalist

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.

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