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Final Call for Entries: The 5th Annual Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project™ Closes at Midnight PST,



 Final Call for Entries: The 5th Annual Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless
           Innovation Project™ Closes at Midnight PST, January 13th

The annual 'wireless for good' competition awards $600,000 in cash to advance
your innovative designs and ideas

PR Newswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 8, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vodafone Americas
Foundation™ today announced its final call for applicants for the annual
Wireless Innovation Project™, a competition that identifies and supports
wireless-related technologies with high potential to solve critical global
issues. Proposals will be accepted through January 13^th at Midnight PST and
winners will be announced in April at the Global Philanthropy Forum to be held
in the Bay Area.

Why apply? Simply, the statistics for success are largely in your favor. Since
launching the Wireless Innovation Project™ competition in 2009, every single
winner has experienced growth and success for their wireless solution. 
Winning entrepreneurs across industries have:  

  o Completed prototypes of their solutions - some winners are working on
    their 4^th generation of their product
  o Conducted further testing - all winning  ideas have grown faster than
    expected
  o Increased their funding sources - some have even received generous VC
    funding
  o Enjoyed significant growth abroad - markets such as Africa and India have
    been attracted to winning solutions

"Today, mobile solutions are no longer a 'nice to have,' they are essential to
today's connected world.  Each year, those winning entries prove this by
succeeding in compassion and ingenuity that consistently leads to the
production of new market solutions for tomorrow," said Fay Arjomandi,
President and Chair of Vodafone Americas Foundation.

  o 6 Days Left to Apply: Projects should be global in scope and must be at a
    stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can
    occur during the award period. Details about eligibility and the
    application can be found at www.project.vodafone-us.com.
  o The Judges: A panel of judges from the fields of wireless engineering,
    international development, social entrepreneurship, and business will
    evaluate the applications for their potential to solve issues in the
    fields of education, health, access to communication, economic
    development, and the environment/disaster relief.
  o Award details: Applicants compete for first, second and third-place prizes
    worth $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000, respectively.

For further details about the competition, past winners and more about the
Foundation visit www.project.vodafone-us.com.

About the Vodafone Americas Foundation™

Vodafone Americas Foundation™ is part of Vodafone's global network of
foundations. It is affiliated with Vodafone Group Plc, the world's leading
mobile telecommunications company, with ownership interests in more than 30
countries and Partner Markets in more than 40 countries. As of March 31, 2012,
Vodafone had approximately 404 million proportionate customers worldwide. 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.

Media Contact 
June Sugiyama 
Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation 
Phone: +1 650 832-6611 
Email: June.Sugiyama@vodafone.com

East Coast PR Contact 
Margot Connor 
Hotwire PR 
Phone: +1 646 738 8960 
Email: Margot.Connor@hotwirepr.com 

SOURCE Vodafone Americas Foundation

Website: http://www.project.vodafone-us.com
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