|[November 14, 2012]
Ashoka Changemakers Announce "She Will Innovate" Winners and 2012 Fellows
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Changemakers, supported by Intel
Corporation, announced the three winners of the She
Will Innovate: Technology Solutions Enriching the Lives Girls
competition, a global challenge designed to bridge the gender and
technology divide and find communication technology solutions that
improve the lives of girls and women. Also announced were four Ashoka
Fellows, also supported by Intel (News - Alert), who work in the nexus of
technology as a tool to empower women and girls.
The three winners below were selected by Ashoka Changemakers' online
community, and each received a cash prize of US $10,000 from Intel to
invest in scaling their idea.
Health Guides, a nonprofit health information and health education
source, created a mobile app, Safe Pregnancy and Birth, which provides
pregnant women and health workers with lifesaving health information
that is medically accurate, easy to understand and empowering.
To support hiring in the developing world, DUMA
created an SMS-based job matching service that connects short-term
laborers and potential customers in emerging markets. With the click
of a button on a basic cell phone, DUMA's unique software pairs
employers with local job seekers to whom they are socially connected.
Aware (News - Alert) that 796 million adults lack basic literacy skils, and
two-thirds of whom are women, Cell-ED
created a mobile phone platform, using audio and SMS, to bring basic
literacy to learners anytime, anywhere and in any language.
Ashoka launched the She Will Innovate: Technology Solutions (News - Alert) Enriching
the Lives Girls online competition in June 2012 in an effort to find the
world's most innovative solutions that equip girls and women with new
digital technologies, enabling them to live healthier, smarter and more
meaningful lives. The competition was open to solutions from around the
world and nearly 300 entries from 56 countries were submitted.
Successful entries described a systemic or disruptive solution with
realistic and clearly outlined long-term goals and proposals for
securing financial backing. The proposals also demonstrated the
possibility of large-scale, global replication.
"Ashoka knows that when women and girls have a chance to succeed,
everybody wins," said Ashoka President, Diana Wells. "The three winners
in the 'She Will Innovate' competition are unlocking access to literacy
and education, health information and economic opportunity for girls and
women worldwide, while helping to bridge the digital divide."
"Our goal was to shine a light on the innovative uses of technology that
break down barriers to access, accelerate digital literacy and promote
economic resilience for girls and women around the world," said Shelly
Esque, vice president, Global Director of Corporate Affairs Group, Intel
Corporation. "We congratulate the winners with the hope that becoming a
Changemaker accelerates solutions to challenges impacting their
communities and world."
The four new recipients of the Ashoka Fellowship are leading social
entrepreneurs who are recognized for their groundbreaking solutions for
social problems and the potential to change patterns across society.
They demonstrate an unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and are proof
that compassion, creativity and collaboration are tremendous forces for
social advancement. This group of Fellows aims to improve the lives of
girls and women through the use of technology as either the focus of
their idea or a key element of their strategy.
Alexandra Bernadotte (USA) is creating a powerful feedback loop
between K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions with Beyond
12, so that high schools can better match their priorities and
teaching practices to the skills students need to succeed in college
and after graduation. Beyond 12 has tracked the post-secondary
progress of nearly 12,500 students and worked with over 90 partner
schools and organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
James Whelton (Ireland) is building a citizen movement of young
technology experts with the necessary skills to keep up with the
rapidly evolving field of technology. He has crafted a global network
of free coding clubs with CoderDojo,
which is built on action-based learning, collaboration and open-source
Daniela Silva (Brazil) is creating an initiative, Transparencia
Hacker (Transparency Hacker), to spread government transparency
and civic participation by gaining access to government data and
sharing this information in an accessible manner.
Tulin Akin (Turkey) is bringing together Turkish farmers and
information technologies with Tarimsal
Pazarlama to provide farmers with up-to-date information,
know-how, skills and professional development, while also creating
opportunities for them to reach alternative markets by bypassing
traditional intermediary structures.
In addition to access to the exclusive 3,000-strong Ashoka Fellowship
community, Fellows receive strategic 3-year financial support through
the partnership with Intel. This investment allows Fellows to dedicate
themselves full-time to scaling their ideas at the most critical launch
phase of their life's work.
About Ashoka Changemakers
Ashoka Changemakers is a community of action that connects social
entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire and mentor each
other. Through its online collaborative competitions and open-source
process, Changemakers.com is one of the world's most robust spaces for
launching, discussing and funding ideas to solve the world's most
pressing social problems. Changemakers builds on Ashoka's three-decade
history and belief that we all have the ability to be a Changemaker.
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