Jangala team wins Cisco Digital Inclusivity prize!
We’re thrilled to announce that we have been named the Digital Inclusivity Prize winner in the Cisco #GlobalProblemSolverChallenge 2021!
The tech for good competition received 1,745 submissions from 126 countries this year, and Jangala was one of 20 winning teams.
We’re delighted to receive $50,000 in prize money as well as invaluable engineering support from Cisco staff, and can't wait to put it all to good use continuing to enable internet access for refugees, schools, clinics, and other humanitarian and development projects worldwide, and getting ready to do so at scale! Read our interview with the Cisco’s Emerging Technologies and Incubation (ET&I) team about our journey here: http://cs.co/6044yewFQ
Jangala makes it to the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Semi Finals
As part of Cisco's work, they are seeking to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will thrive in an increasingly digital economy. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies connecting devices and data, good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before – and Cisco is there to help.
Cisco's Global Problem Solver Challenge is an annual competition for tech for good startups tackling the world's most pressing social and environmental problems. The competition is a way to recognise cutting-edge tech innovation with a social mission, and lend support to the top ideas. And of nearly 2,000 applicants, Jangala has been lucky enough to be selected as a semi-finalist! Winners will be announced in June, so watch this space.
Connecting women in emergency housing in the UK
In partnership with the Riverside Community Big Local, part of the Local Trust, we have connected our second emergency housing shelter, this time specifically for women and children in Thurrock.
The 10 bedroom accommodation consists of 3 flats, each with a communal kitchen and diner, and is a temporary home to 10 different young families and their children. We provided four Get Boxes to distribute connectivity through the entire property, using a single unlimited SIM card.
The Local Trust, who support and fund local projects across England, via Riverside Community Big Local are covering the ongoing data costs. In contrast to conventional top down, time-limited, project-led funding, the funding awarded to each Big Local area is provided on the basis that it can be spent over 10 years on the communities’ own chosen plans and priorities at their pace.
In this instance, the Riverside Community Big Local team decided that connecting people during the pandemic was one of their priorities. Through this partnership, we’re supporting women to access crucial social services, employment and training opportunities, as well as keep in touch with important people in their lives. The children at the accommodation will also be able to continue any studies online, stay connected to their loved ones, and safely enjoy entertainment.