Vodafone Wireless Innovation Challenge

December 3, 2008

Vodafone Wireless Innovation Challenge

Deadline to enter: February 2, 2009. Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000.

The Vodafone Americas Foundation is part of Vodafone’s global family of foundations. We are affiliated with Vodafone, the world’s leading mobile telecommunications company that operates in 26 countries over five continents and has significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States. Vodafone is in the business of communications and the leader in an increasingly connected world. The Vodafone Americas Foundation designed the Wireless Innovation Challenge to promote innovation and increase implementation of advanced wireless related technology for a better world. To that end, Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Challenge is providing up to $600,000 in awards to support projects of exceptional promise meeting the criteria described in the Eligibility Criteria section.

The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Challenge (the “Challenge”) seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. The Challenge is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States.

Projects must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas: access to communication, education, economic development, environment, or health. The technology should have the potential for replication and large scale impact. Teams should have a business plan or a basic framework for financial sustainability and rollout.

To submit a proposal, Applicants must first complete the Eligibility Questionnaire. Eligible Applicants must then read and agree to the “Terms & Conditions” of the Challenge. Eligible Applicants will then be able to create a username and password and the URL for the online application will be sent to Eligible Applicants via email. Applicants will then be able to work on their proposal online. The application consists of multiple narrative questions and a Project budget spreadsheet that Applicants must complete and submit.

Submissions will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 15, 2008 to 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on February 2, 2009 (the “Entry Period”). See the Challenge Timeline for further dates and details.

Vodafone Americas Foundation will select up to eight finalists who will present their Projects before a panel of judges with expertise in the areas of wireless engineering, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years. Winners will be notified on or about April 3, 2009. The winners will be publicly announced and recognized at an event chosen by the Vodafone Americas Foundation in late April 2009. Winners will be required to submit a report twice a year which details progress made toward Project milestones and how the award funds are being used. Annual award installment payments are conditional upon submission of satisfactory progress reports. Such reports will be in the format and contain the information specified by the Foundation.

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