Vodafone Americas Foundation Announces Finalists in Annual "Mobile for Good" Competition

 Vodafone Americas Foundation Announces Finalists in Annual "Mobile for Good"
                                 Competition

Finalists to compete today for coveted Wireless Innovation Project awards

PR Newswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 13, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vodafone Americas
Foundation announced last night the eight finalists for its fifth annual
Wireless Innovation Project, a competition that identifies and supports
wireless-related technologies with high potential to solve critical global
issues.

Each year, the Vodafone Americas Foundation awards prizes of $300,000,
$200,000 and $100,000 and provides additional support by integrating the
winning projects with the Foundation's vast network of social entrepreneurs,
NGOs and international agencies.

Vodafone Americas Finalists for 2013

Approximately 100 innovative solutions were judged against Vodafone Americas
Foundation's guiding principal: mobile for good. The technologies below were
selected as finalists because they appeared to be most impactful in changing
the lives of people throughout the world, particularly in developing
communities where wireless technology is often the backbone of the
communication infrastructure.

  oColdTrace, from Nexleaf Analytics, a wireless vaccine monitoring system to
    help ensure life-saving treatments to reach everyone
  oCrowdShake, from the California Institute of Technology, a cloud-based
    earthquake early warning system using smartphones
  oA G-Fresnel Cell-phone Spectrometer, from Pennsylvania State University,
    that can be used for health monitoring, medical diagnostics, environmental
    monitoring and scientific studies
  oMobile Technology Enabled Credit Program for Medicine, from the William
    Davidson Institute of the University of Michigan, a mobile payment
    platform to ensure higher availability and access to medicines
  oMoboSens, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an affordable,
    easy to use water quality sensor for mobile phone
  oOpen mHealth, an open software architecture that will allow health-based
    apps and devices to "talk" to each other to accommodate individual health
    needs
  oRetiCue, from MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a
    retinal imaging attachment for mobile phones for diabetic patient
    screening and diagnosis
  oSharedSolar, from Earth Institute, Columbia University, a pay-as-you-go
    electricity delivery system for off-grid communities using renewable
    energy technologies, smart metering and mobile phones

Representatives from the finalist development teams traveled to the San
Francisco Bay Area from around the world to demonstrate their technologies to
a group of distinguished judges today. The three winning projects for 2013
will be announced at the Global Philanthropy Forum on April 16 in Redwood
City.

The finalist projects and their representatives were celebrated at a reception
last night at Vodafone xone (www.vodafone.com/content/xone/index.html) in
Redwood City, Calif., Vodafone's Silicon Valley-based R&D center that is
designed to extend beyond conventional incubator models with a highly hands-on
and iterative environment to develop ingenious solutions and fast-track
development of real-life, game-changing technologies for mobile internet.

Andrew Dunnett, Director of Vodafone Group Foundation
(http://www.vodafone.com/content/index/about/foundation.html) and a judge in
this year's competition said, "The creativity and dedication of this year's
applicants is amazing. We believe that every one of the finalists has the
potential to help create a better life for people in every corner of the world
using mobile technology."

June Sugiyama, Director of Vodafone Americas Foundation, said, "The excitement
has never been greater. Over the past five years, roughly 500 teams have
competed for funds, and past winners have been associated with innovative
programs at universities including MIT, Stanford, UC Berkley, UCLA, UC
Riverside and UCSF, and also Massachusetts General Hospital. Winning projects
have moved past prototyping stages, acquired VC funding and even advanced to
field deployment, reaching people and benefiting communities who need these
technologies the most. Our 2013 finalists know that they could soon be on that
same track."

More about the Wireless Innovation Project

Open to NGOs, universities, nonprofit and mHealth organizations, the Wireless
Innovation Project competition attracts numerous submissions from across the
world. By providing both financial support and the access to its vast
resources throughout the world, Vodafone America Foundation helps its winners
advance their projects to the next level of development. For example, three
past winners, Frontline SMS: Credit, InSight by InVenture, and Sana, are now
operating and expanding their services, and CellScope, from UC Berkley, has
received VC funding. For further details about this annual competition and
past winners visit www.project.vodafone-us.com.

About the Vodafone Americas Foundation

Vodafone Americas Foundation (www .vodafone-us.com) is one of a network of 27
global foundations affiliated with Vodafone Group Plc., striving to better the
lives of millions of people around the world. Overall, Vodafone and its
foundations have invested more than 566 million USD over the past 20 years to
address pressing issues using mobile technology.

About Vodafone Group Plc.

Vodafone Group Plc. is 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 Contacts

June Sugiyama

Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation

Phone: +1 650-832-6611

Email: June.Sugiyama@vodafone.com



Barbara Kline

Breakthru Communications

Phone: +1 650-868-5804

Email: bkline@breakthrucom.com

SOURCE Vodafone Americas Foundation

Website: http://www.vodafone.com
 
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