Vodafone Foundation has started the fifth edition of its flagship initiative ‘Mobile for Good Awards 2015’, in association with NASSCOM Foundation, through the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum. These awards recognizes and also supports the emerging talent and innovative mobile solutions from NGOs and ‘For profit’ enterprises that facilitate community empowerment and inclusive growth.
Speaking about the awards, P Balaji, Director- Regulatory & External Affairs, Vodafone India, said, “This year, ‘the Mobile for Good Awards’ a marquee proposition from Vodafone Foundation, enters fifth year of its successful social initiative to recognize innovative mobile solutions in the country. Our mission, in line with the government’s vision of Digital India, is to build a platform for these innovators, recognize them and support them further for scalability and sustainability through funding and mentorship. This year with a new partnership with NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum, we intend to reach out to the mobile innovations across India and provide them with the necessary help for a greater impact.”
The eleven winning innovations will be recognized across two segments one is ‘Leading Change Maker NPO and the other is Leading Change Maker – For Profit’. This time there will also be a special award for a Government led solution for achievement in the NPO category.
The Vodafone foundation will be giving Rs 1.2 million to five winning NGOs/NPOs in addition to structured mentoring, monitoring and impact evaluation support from partner institutions, incubators etc. for them to achieve a larger impact.
Speaking about the association, Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said, “We are glad to collaborate with Vodafone Foundation to enable the most powerful tool in people’s hands today, help improve their lives. We are hopeful that Mobile for Good will act as a catalyst to bring forward break through innovations in mobile technology from across the country and these innovations will help integrate social objectives with technology to fuel social development in India.”