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This year, as the pandemic continued to accelerate digital transformation everywhere, Solve launched the Digital Inclusion Challenge asking innovators across the globe: How can everyone have access to the digital economy?
In response, Solve received 430 solutions from 74 countries globally. After carefully reviewing these applications, Solve and the Digital Inclusion Challenge Leadership Group selected 15 finalists to pitch their solutions to the Solve community. After much deliberation, our expert judges selected seven Solver teams for the Digital Inclusion Challenge.
This cohort is working on exciting solutions that provide access to the internet for the billions who remain disconnected, access to financial tools for businesses and entrepreneurs around the world, and culturally relevant digital literacy tools to enable participation in the digital economy.
We are thrilled to introduce the 2021 Digital Inclusion Solver Class:
AKABOXI, based in Kampala, Uganda, is a digital financial inclusion system that helps vulnerable small holder farmers in rural communities that monitor and manage their savings.
BeeLine Reader, based in California, USA, uses a subtle color gradient that makes reading on screen more inclusive and accessible.
Brastorne, based in Gaborone, Botswana, connects the unconnected across Africa, enabling rural villagers to access the digital world without smartphones or data bundles by upconverting feature phones into digital portals
Hello World, based in London, UK, partners with communities to build solar powered, Wi-Fi-enabled education Hubs in Uganda and Nepal.
hiveonline, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, gives farmers financial access to markets and credit to create a digital community without the use of a phone.
JumpToPC, based in Mumbai, India, is an affordable and accessible personal computing solution that pairs a smartphone with a TV to provide access to modern digital learning and productivity tools.
Mifos, based in California, USA, scales digital financial services through open source banking across the globe.
Feeling inspired? Find out how you can support these innovators, and learn more about joining Solve as a Member.