Vodafone foundation today i.e, on 26th July’16 launched its sixth edition of ‘Mobile for Good Awards 2016’ in association with NASSCOM Foundation at Shangri La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi. This award since its inception recognizes conceptual mobile applications from NGOs and Profit-based companies and government enterprises that indulge in bringing digital empowerment and a social transformation in the society.
Shrikant Sinha, CEO of NASSCOM Foundation began with the event by taking us to a tour of their earlier editions of the Awards and talked about how important it is to understand that the diversities of our country needs diversified techniques to bring the needed change. Shri Sunil Sharma, the chief guest of the event, who is the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India pointed out that mobile devices today can bring about huge social benefits to the underdeveloped communities of our nation.
Director of the Regulatory and External Affairs and CSR of Vodafone India Ltd, Mr. P. Balaji, spoke about the evolution of the awards and how it has become a platform for social innovations through a wireless technology like mobile phones, influencing sections of health, agriculture, education of India. The vision of the Mobile for Good Awards 2016 was also mentioned in this occasion which is to recognize innovative solutions for mobilising social change and prosperity in various sectors of our country. The panel discussion on ‘Technology for good relevance, need and significance in India’ included P. Balaji himself, with Chandra Shekhar, the CEO of Nirmaan Organisation, Jitendra Roy, the Joint Secretary of Department of Agriculture of government of West Bengal, and other eminent panellists.
This time the Awards will recognize 11 winning innovations under two categories of ‘Leading Change Maker- NPO’ and ‘Leading Change Maker- For profit’. The winners will be selected in accordance to the earlier mentioned sections including women empowerment and environment as well, where Vodafone foundation will grant INR 90 lakhs to the Non-profit winner with a structured mentoring and monitoring and evaluation support from partner institutions to make them achieve larger impact. The submission of entries can be done until 15th September.