The winners of Facebook’s Internet.org Innovation Challenge in India were announced on Tuesday. Winners will get $2,50,000, and Facebook has picked 12 innovators across four categories: Farmers, Women, Students and Migrants.
Four people in each category were awarded the Innovation Challenge Award and two out of these have been given the Impact Award. The challenge was to design apps, website, service or generate ideas which would help in connecting people across India to the Internet.
The Innovation Award winners in the Farmer category was eKutir, an app that provides farmers with tools and resources and other necessary help during farming. mySangham won the prize in Women category. The app provides vocational training for women empowerment in various identified communities and villages.
BodhaGuru won in the students category and it creates self-learning products, apps, videos and a book publishing platform to make learning interesting for children from KG till class 8.
Helper4U was declared the winner in the Migrants category. The app creates an online database of jobs that match semi-skilled migrants in specific categories with potential employers.
Two Impact Award prizes were declared in each category and Farmily and Farmalytics won the same in the Farmer category. While, Farmily enables farmers to reach new buyers and negotiate prices for their products; Farmalytics aims to make precision farming easy with the help of sensor technology.
Embrace Angel and Rang de Habba won the Impact Award prizes in the Women category. The first provides healthcare in rural areas by medical professionals and the second supports women artisans.
In the student category, Fundamentor won the Impact Award. It helps class 9 students in increasing their analytical, verbal, reasoning skills via games. LetsIntern is the second app to win in the student category and it provide students from 2 and 3 tier cities with internship opportunities.
In the Migrants category, the first Impact Award was announced for Mygram, which helps in securing the digital identity of migrants by sending them a message on their phones whenever they receive an e-mail. The second winner was mHS City Labs, which provides technical assistance to migrants who may lack guidance on basic engineering workmanship.
The challenge was judged by Arun Bansal (SVP & Head of Radio, Ericsson), Chris Daniels (VP, Internet.org/Facebook), Ameet Suri (Partnerships Manager, Internet.org/Facebook), Raj Talluri (SVP of Product Management, Qualcomm).
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