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Money and Mentoring: Winner for Best Global Health Wireless Solution to Participate in Santa Clara University's Social Entrepreneurship Program
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009
Nonprofit that Wins for Best Global Health Wireless Solution Will Also Be Sponsored for Santa Clara University’s Social Entrepreneurship Program
The winner will also receive strategic and networking assistance from the mHealth Alliance, an umbrella group founded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, and Vodafone Foundation to support cross-sector collaboration in delivering healthcare to the furthest reaches of wireless communications.
The award is an extension of the Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project, which awards $600,000 to U.S. nonprofits engaged in solving problems in education, health, communication access, and economic or environmental development.
Nominees for both the Wireless Innovation Project and the mHealth Alliance Award must be U.S. nonprofits that meet certain eligibility requirements. The mHealth Alliance Award will be granted to the developer of an innovative wireless technology with the most potential to address critical health challenges, especially in developing regions. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 1 through http://www.project.vodafone-us.com/index.html. The winner will be announced at the Global Philanthropy Forum on April 19, 2010.
“Healthcare is a huge unmet need being addressed globally by social entrepreneurs like those we invite to the Global Social Benefit Incubator each year,” said Jim Koch, founder of the program at SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society. “This partnership is a great opportunity to secure a spot in GSBI for someone with the vision to attack this problem with innovative wireless technology.”
“In places where roads remain unpaved, and where basic infrastructure such as clean water and electricity are scant, mobile phones already have become an empowering force for millions,” said David Aylward, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance. “The mHealth Alliance Award challenges innovators and social entrepreneurs to use mobile technology to advance health care delivery in even the most remote environments, such as through improved diagnosis, treatment or access to information.”
About the Vodafone Americas Foundation
Vodafone Americas Foundation is part of Vodafone’s global family of foundations. They are affiliated with Vodafone Group Plc, the world’s leading mobile telecommunications company, with ownership interests in 31 countries and Partner Markets in more than 40 countries. As of June 30, 2009, Vodafone had approximately 315 million proportionate customers worldwide. In the U.S., the foundation directs its philanthropic activities toward the San Francisco Bay and the Metro Denver Areas, where most of its employees live and work, and where the foundation strives to make a positive and enduring impact on its communities. The foundation is driven by a passion for the world around us, and they make grants that help people in their communities and around the world lead fuller lives. For more information about the Vodafone Americas Foundation, visit http://www.vodafone-us.com/.
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