Changemakers, supported by Intel
Corporation, announced the three winners of the She
Will Innovate: Technology Solutions Enriching the Lives Girls
competition, a global challenge designed to bridge the gender and
technology divide and find communication technology solutions that
improve the lives of girls and women. Also announced were four Ashoka
Fellows, also supported by Intel, who work in the nexus of
technology as a tool to empower women and girls.
The three winners below were selected by Ashoka Changemakers' online
community, and each received a cash prize of US $10,000 from Intel to
invest in scaling their idea.
"Ashoka knows that when women and girls have a chance to succeed,
everybody wins," said Ashoka President, Diana Wells. "The three winners
in the 'She Will Innovate' competition are unlocking access to literacy
and education, health information and economic opportunity for girls and
women worldwide, while helping to bridge the digital divide."
"Our goal was to shine a light on the innovative uses of technology that
break down barriers to access, accelerate digital literacy and promote
economic resilience for girls and women around the world," said Shelly
Esque, vice president, Global Director of Corporate Affairs Group, Intel
Corporation. "We congratulate the winners with the hope that becoming a
Changemaker accelerates solutions to challenges impacting their
communities and world."
The four new recipients of the Ashoka Fellowship are leading social
entrepreneurs who are recognized for their groundbreaking solutions for
social problems and the potential to change patterns across society.
They demonstrate an unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and are proof
that compassion, creativity and collaboration are tremendous forces for
social advancement. This group of Fellows aims to improve the lives of
girls and women through the use of technology as either the focus of
their idea or a key element of their strategy.
In addition to access to the exclusive 3,000-strong Ashoka Fellowship
community, Fellows receive strategic 3-year financial support through
the partnership with Intel. This investment allows Fellows to dedicate
themselves full-time to scaling their ideas at the most critical launch
phase of their life's work.
About Ashoka Changemakers
Ashoka Changemakers is a community of action that connects social
entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire and mentor each
other. Through its online collaborative competitions and open-source
process, Changemakers.com is one of the world's most robust spaces for
launching, discussing and funding ideas to solve the world's most
pressing social problems. Changemakers builds on Ashoka's three-decade
history and belief that we all have the ability to be a Changemaker.
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