Vodafone Americas Foundation Names Finalists for Sixth Annual Wireless Innovation Project™ Competition
[From the Xone blog]
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — April 8, 2014 – The Vodafone Americas Foundation today announced that finalists have been selected for its sixth annual Wireless Innovation Project Competition™ (WIP). Since its inception in 2009, WIP has provided funding for a range of outstanding mobile and wireless technology innovations, awarding more than $2 million to universities, not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations. WIP offers applicants the opportunity to win a total prize fund of $600,000 for innovative mobile solutions that have potential to solve critical global issues. All finalists were recognized at a reception held in Redwood City on Tuesday, April 1.
The 2014 finalists are:
Winners will be announced during the Social Innovation Summit 2014 being held at the United Nations Plaza, May 28-29.
Chair of the Vodafone Americas Foundation and Head of Vodafone xone, Vodafone’s innovation, incubation and venture arm based in the Silicon Valley, Fay Arjomandi said, “This is an exciting stage for many start-up organizations that are seeking to bring their applications and technologies for social good to the people who need it the most. In a few short months, the organizations our judges have selected as the most cutting edge and viable concepts will not only receive financial support, but will be able to draw on the cutting-edge labs and expertise of a global leader in mobile technology. Some of our past WIP winners have already gone to market to make and have started to make a difference in people’s lives.”
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About the Vodafone Americas Foundation™
Vodafone Americas Foundation™ is part of Vodafone’s global network of 28 foundations. It is affiliated with Vodafone Group Plc., the world's leading mobile telecommunications company, with more than 409 million customers around the world. Vodafone has equity interests in telecommunications operations in nearly 30 countries and around 50 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com
In the U.S., the foundation directs its philanthropic activities towards supporting mobile for good and wireless technology projects that improve people’s lives, support the international development sector, and spark innovation.
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies with approximately 419 million customers in its controlled and jointly controlled markets as of 31 December 2013. Vodafone has equity interests in telecommunications operations in nearly 30 countries and around 50 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com