Collab House is proud to partner with NASSCOM Foundation to support Vodafone Foundation Mobile For Good Awards 2015. A platform to recognize and support mobile innovations addressing social issues in India.
With one of the largest populations in the world and an urgent need to empower our communities, mobile technology can play a significant role in instrumenting large scale impact across the country. Mobile penetration in India stands at 72% currently and is expected to grow to 100% by 2017. This provides a potential prospect to leverage the mobile platform and address the information and developmental needs of the communities – in both rural and urban areas.
Several NGOs and For Profit organizations are taking steps to digitally empower communities by creating mobile solutions to address various issues. Mobile based services are being used to address various needs across sectors by creating solutions for communication & awareness, training & capacity building, data collection, monitoring & surveillance, patient tracking, diagnostic support, treatment and care & support.
To encourage and celebrate the power of innovative mobile solutions that drive inclusive growth across the country, the Vodafone Foundation launched the ‘Mobile for Good Awards’ in 2011. This year, in an effort to maximize impact and support tech for good projects, the NASSCOM Foundation has joined hands with the Vodafone Foundation for the Mobile for Good initiative. Both Foundations are excited to announce that the Mobile for Good Awards 2015 application deadline has been extended to 15th, August, 2015 due to a large volume of requests from various organizations.
The M4G Awards 2015 has 2 categories- ‘Leading Change Maker – NPO Category’ and ‘Leading Change Maker – For profit category’ and invites applications across the 4 crucial areas of Health, Education, Women Empowerment & Inclusive Development and Agriculture. The NPO category will focus on recognizing all projects by NGOs and NFPs. The For Profit category will focus on initiatives by Social enterprises and individuals. This year, a special category has been introduced for Government led mobile solutions. There will be 5 winners selected from the NGO category, each of whom will receive critical seed funding of 1.2 million each. They will also receive structured mentorship, monitoring and impact evaluation from partner institutions to build scale and capacity over a period of one year.
The 5 winners from the For Profit category will receive special recognition and an opportunity to showcase their innovation at the newly launched ‘Social Apps Marketplace’ in December. There will be one winner in the Government solution category who will receive a recognition certificate on a national platform. If you have a mobile solution impacting our community and building sustainable solutions, apply for the M4G 2015 Awards and stand to win funding/mentorship and national recognition.