IIT Bombay Team Wins International Social Innovation Award

By SiliconIndia  |   Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 07:13 Hrs
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Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) project, Gram Marg, facilitating broadband access in rural India has been awarded the 2018 Impact Engineered Connecting the Unconnected award at New York City. Gram Marg’s main aim is to empower rural India digitally by first and foremost bringing in Internet connectivity thereby empowering rural citizens digitally and in the due course, bringing rural India on board as a major contributor to economic growth and development. Gram Marg dedicates itself to not only technology innovation such as TV White Spaces and unlicensed 5.8 GHz Wireless in connecting the unconnected but also addresses connectivity from a sustainability point of view by seeding the growth of community networks, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and in-depth impact assessment studies of how connectivity has changed lives of people in the remote, rural villages of India.

Impact Engineered’s Connecting the Unconnected Award will help Gram Marg increase academic collaboration in research and development, technology innovation, impact assessment-related collaborations, connecting to other teams working on similar rural challenges, and funding opportunities to enhance rural connectivity.

Gram Marg’s mission is to perform research and development of solutions to connect the remote, un-served rural areas of India develop a scalable, low cost technology for affordable internet connectivity in the villages and perform research and development of solutions for implementation of applications and services in Gram Panchayat kiosks, Primary Health Care centres, schools and Anganwadis. Through their model and the creation of a sustainable business propaganda supporting Public Private Panchayat Partnership (4P model development), the team aims to study the social and economic impact of internet connectivity and leverage the understanding for a better growth.

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