More than 50% of the world population has no access to the internet

Njideka Harry

President and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)

Ankhi Das

Director of Public Policy for Facebook in India and South & Central Asia

Kate Wilson

CEO, Digital Impact Alliance

Mei Lin Fung

Vice-chair for Internet Inclusion within the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Internet Initiative & Smart Village

Shireen Yacoub

Chief Executive Officer of Edraak

Dr. Eun-Ju Kim

Chief, Innovation & Partnership Department, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Sonia N. Jorge

Executive Director, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Heather Johnson

Vice President for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for the Ericsson Group worldwide

Reuben Steiger


Omeed Mehrinfar


Scoring Criteria


The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth.

Potential for Impact:

The planned implementation of the solution has the potential to impact lives. 


The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people.

Innovative Approach:

This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the challenge.


It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself financially.

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