Vodafone Foundation, Nasscom launch 'Mobile for Good Awards'

New Delhi: Vodafone Foundation on Tuesday launched the sixth edition of its ‘Mobile for Good Awards 2016' in partnership with Nasscom Foundation. The Awards recognise and support emerging and innovative mobile solutions from NGOs and ‘For profit' enterprises and government departments that facilitate community empowerment and can have a transformational impact on the society at large facilitating inclusive growth. The chief guest on the occasion, Sunil Sharma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, talked about how large social change can be brought about using the smallest of mobile devices.  "Over the years Mobile for Good Awards has evolved as a platform to recognise social innovations through mobile and wireless technologies that have created impact in the critical areas of health, education, governance and agriculture," said P. Balaji, Director, Regulatory and External Affairs and CSR, Vodafone India, in a statement.  This year, 11 winning innovations will be recognised across two categories - ‘Leading Change Maker - NPO' and ‘Leading Change Maker - For Profit'.  Innovative mobile driven solutions in four critical areas of health, education, agriculture and environment and women empowerment and inclusive development will be selected from both the categories.  Apart from this, there will be separate category for innovative mobile solutions by government departments, the statement added. Vodafone Foundation will provide a total grant of Rs 90 lakh to the winning Non-profits in addition to structured mentoring, monitoring and impact evaluation support from partner institutions, supporting them achieve larger impact, it said. All winning projects will also be featured in the ‘Social App Hub', a unique platform for social apps curated by Vodafone.  Applicants from NGOs Social Enterprises and government organisations can submit their entries til September 15.