The “Digital Divide” is the gap between those able to benefit from the digital age and those who do not. The absence of connectivity is not merely a technological barrier1, but one that affects access to healthcare, education, social services, work, and participation in the global and local economies.
A similar problem exists with local infrastructure. Internet providers may not be focused on deploying the infrastructure necessary to bring services to all rural homes and villages. According to UNESCO, only 55 percent of households globally have an internet connection.
The power of connectivity lies within the expertise found in our membership. As communications engineers, we can help to solve this situation.
- Concept Only - Teams from around the world can submit a “Concept Only Project Proposal” outlining a plan to bring internet connectivity to a locality. Plans will include how, if implemented, local ComSoc members and peers could create, plan, and implement internet connectivity.
- Proposals must be submitted by 10 December 2021 and teams can receive feedback from the Jury by 18 December. If feedback is requested, entrants must update their proposal and return their amended proposal by 23 December 2021.
- The Jury will pick the winning teams from each region with up to 8 winners awarded the following prizes:
- One first prize project per region (North America, EMEA, LATAM, and APAC) will be awarded US$3,000
- One second prize project winner per region will receive US$2,000
- One third prize winner will receive US$1,000
- Each region may award up to five honorable mention winners US$500 each
Who Can Submit a Project?
Our global ComSoc community is welcome to submit proposals, but please note:
- An individual or team can submit a project
- The individual or project leader must be a ComSoc member
The team is happy to address any questions you may have about the application, the project, and criteria. Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we have a team member get back to you.