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The Challenge

To spur innovation in the development of wireless solutions to global health challenges, the mHealth Alliance is pleased to partner with the Vodafone Americas Foundation in announcing the first mHealth Alliance Award as part of the Vodafone Americas Foundation’s 2010 Wireless Innovation Project.

They will grant the award to the developer of an innovative wireless technology with the most potential to address critical health challenges, especially in developing regions.

The Award

The winner of the mHealth Alliance Award will receive a cash prize and benefits totaling $50,000, including participation in Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society’s Global Social Benefit Incubator Program (GSBI™).

This highly competitive program connects innovators with a Silicon Valley support network and provides instruction on how to achieve maximum sustainability and impact in social enterprises. In addition, the winner will receive strategic and networking assistance from the mHealth Alliance.

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Vodafone Americas Foundation will award the first ($300,000), second ($200,000), and third ($100,000) prizes for the Wireless Innovation Project, and the new mHealth Alliance Award.

The mHealth Alliance Award winner is eligible for the first three prizes as well. mHealth Alliance Award and Wireless Innovation Project winners will be announced at the Global Philanthropy Forum on April 19, 2010.

The Guidelines

Applications are being accepted through the Wireless Innovation Project until February 1, 2010. Although projects may be global in scope, applicants must be from U.S.-based non-profits.

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 a critical global issue in the fields of education, health, access to communication, the environment, or economic development. 

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The Wireless Innovation Project

The mHealth Alliance is pleased to partner with the Vodafone Americas Foundation to provide dedicated funding for mHealth innovation and research support as part of the 2010 Wireless Innovation Project. The Wireless Innovation Project, in its second year, will recognize and reward the most promising innovations in wireless related technologies.

The mHealth Alliance shares the recognition with Vodafone Americas Foundation that advances in mobile technologies have the potential to significantly impact upon critical issues, particularly in developing countries, where there is a lack of infrastructure, access to communication, and other fundamental resources. 

Last year’s Wireless Innovation Project winners included two second prizes awarded to mHealth-related technologies-- CellScope, a mobile microscope capable of identifying infectious diseases such as TB and malaria; and CelloPhone, a mobile blood and fluid analyzer that can identify and transmit results from fluid samples in the field.

The first prize was awarded to EnHANTs, a disaster recovery system that can locate people trapped by fires or structural collapse. Complete detailed information about eligibility and an application can be found at http://www.project.vodafone-us.com/

The Partners

About the Vodafone Americas Foundation

Vodafone Americas Foundation is part of Vodafone’s global family of foundations. We are affiliated with Vodafone Group Plc, the world's leading mobile telecommunications company, with ownership interests in 31 countries and Partner Markets in more than 40 countries. As of June 30, 2009, Vodafone had approximately 315 million proportionate customers worldwide. In the U.S., our foundation directs its philanthropic activities towards the San Francisco Bay and the Metro Denver Areas where most of our employees live and work, and where we strive to make a positive and enduring impact on our communities. The Foundation is driven by a passion for the world around us. We make grants that help people in our communities and around the world lead fuller lives. For more information about the Vodafone Americas Foundation, visit http://www.vodafone-us.com/

About the mHealth Alliance

The mHealth Alliance is dedicated to enabling the delivery of quality healthcare to the farthest reaches of wireless networks in the developing world. Created by the United Nations Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Vodafone Foundation, the Alliance’s mission is to be a catalyst and accelerant, supporting leaders, celebrating successes, creating hard research, filling gaps, making connections, and forging public-private partnerships. More information is available at www.mhealthalliance.org or info@mhealthalliance.org.

About Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society

Santa Clara University is committed to educating leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion who will help fashion a more just, humane, and sustainable world. As a University center of distinction, the Center for Science, Technology, and Society undertakes three integrative activities: educating students, engaging the public, and exemplifying the realization of social impact through our flagship Global Social Benefit Incubator Program (GSBI™). In so doing, we forge strong connections across local and global businesses, civic and academic institutions, and the technology innovators of Silicon Valley in the context of Jesuit values of service. For more information visit www.scu.edu/sts or contact Sherrill Dale at sdale@scu.edu.