What is it?
Vodafone’s Mobile for Good (M4G) Awards aim to recognise, promote and support mobile innovations for driving social change in India. The awards will recognise 11 mobile solutions through two award categories in areas of health, education, agriculture and environment, government women and inclusive development through unique innovations and usage of mobile and wireless related technologies.
What the winners get
- Five winning NPOs solutions will receive access to funding of Rs. 12 lakh over a period of one year.
- The five winning NGOs will also receive structured mentoring, monitoring and impact evaluation support from credible institutions and incubators to upscale and build greater capacity of their projects.
- Both the above mentioned awards are exclusive of government solution categories.
- One winner in the ‘M4G Award 2015 for Achievement – Government solution’ category will receive a recognition certificate.
- The five M4G Awards 2015 ‘Leading Change Maker- For profit Category’ winners will receive a recognition certificate.
The finalists under the social innovation bracket
It has developed a web and mobile interface to their ‘DeHaat’ service to help small farmers capitalise on their crop productivity, market pricing and income. Launched in January 2015, the application aims to create a one-stop solution platform for small and marginal farmers for all their farming needs. There are 5,700 farmers across six districts of Bihar and a district in Odisha benefitting from the solution.
2. RML Information Services Pvt Limited
MyRML is a free Android and Java based application that delivers highly personalised agricultural information to the farming community that has access to internet on their phones. It aims to aid rural farmers in increasing crop production and monetary benefits through an end-to-end service including networking and personalised agricultural information. The application, offering multilingual call centre that operates in nine languages, was launched in 2014 and is being utilised by 1.4 million farmers across Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
BioAvert I is an Android and iOS based application that enables farmers to implement better farming practices, provides knowledge on pesticide application methods and crop rotation. Farmers can also ask questions, participate in polls and take part in surveys that provide data keys for research. The application aims to overcome the difficulties of rural farmers with a cornerstone solution to engage with rural farmers on a day-to-day basis to help them achieve a high quality yield, thereby increasing income. Launched in October 2014, the application has benefitted a 1,000 farmers in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Launched in May 2015, the app seeks to bridge the gap in education at the rural level in order to create learning opportunities for children. The application can be used to identify space in a village to set up out learning centers, help in recruiting teachers, enroll children in centers, and help in keeping track of children and understand their socio-economic background among a host of other things. The application has benefitted over 11,000 students in addition to teachers, parents and employees living in 214 villages across Karnataka.
2. Sumit More
Akshar is an e-learning Android based application that provides elementary education in the mother-tongue of the Madia tribal people,who are non-Marathi speaking and teach them Marathi (the medium of education in Maharashtra) to equip them with the basics of the language when they start school. Launched in September 2014, the application has potentially benefitted 8,000 children across 120 villages in Maharashtra.
The EduSports school sports platform includes physical education and sports curriculum for Grades KG to 12th, age-appropriate props/equipment, skills and fitness assessments, certified physical education resources, parent and teacher workshops and program evaluation and monitoring. It seeks to help children around the world engage in positive sports experiences as a means to a more healthy and fit lifestyle. Launched in 2009, the program has benefitted over 400 schools including 3, 50,000 students in the four countries of India, Nepal, UAE and Qatar.
iKure has developed android based software called Wireless Health Incident Monitoring System (WHIMS) which leverages mobile technology to provide holistic mother and child healthcare to individuals from marginalized communities. The initiative seeks to establish a sustainable healthcare model to increase effectiveness of maternal and child healthcare in rural communities through monitoring of individuals, provision of accurate and timely information and consultations. The application was launched in May, 2015 and has 1,350,000 beneficiaries from the Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal.
Top Doctors Online (TDO) is a digital platform that connects the masses with healthcare experts to avail of end-to-end health services through a mobile application powered by the Internet. It aims to bridge the gap in healthcare services to provide a one-stop digital healthcare destination for the masses who have limited access to quality healthcare. The application was launched in August 2015 and has close to 1,000 app downloads, nearly to 6,000 interactions by users and has handled 4 end-to-end healthcare cases across the country.
Since filing claims is a big challenge in the hospitals due to unavailability of systems to the executives, SAS Poorna Arogya Healthcare has developed a web based application that can be used to file medical claims without a computer, in a seamless manner. The application was launched in 2010 and has been responsible for outpatient care of 2 lakh members and treatment of 13,000 members in Karnataka and Assam.
Women empowerment and inclusive development
Microlekha is a 3G enabled Android application whose basic portion is free of cost and available to any Microfinance Institution. The app can be utilized to perform the day-to-day operations of an MFI. In addition women field workers, who are prime users of the app, save money and time as there is no hassle with photocopies, running around and a quicker turnaround. This application has enabled the women fieldworkers to shoulder an additional 20-25% load. The beneficiaries receive SMS notifications and a complete history of transactions. The application was launched in 2014 and has so far reached over 19,000 beneficiaries across India.
2. SmartCloud Infotech
The Himmat app, which was initially designed for women employees of the company but has since grown in popularity, seeks to provide safety to unaccompanied women with its easy-to-use accurate location , police control room integration based on requirements shared by police from various cities including Delhi and Noida, among other things. Launched at the start of 2015, the application has since received over 8,000 SOS cases from Delhi and NCR.