Ms. Meena Palaniappan

Founder & CEO, Atma Connect

United States

Meena is the Founder and CEO of Atma Connect, a globally-recognized technology nonprofit focused on helping the urban poor to connect, neighbor-to-neighbor, by sharing actionable information and solutions, taking collective action, and building community resilience. She has worked extensively on issues of water, sanitation, and hygiene, including as the principal investigator for a $1.3 million USAID project to build the WATER SMS mobile to web crowd-sourced mapping system to improve water services for the poor in Indonesia.

Solution: AtmaGo is a web-based social network and Android app used by 260,000 people across Indonesia. We connect women to share solutions, sell handmade products, and improve safety during floods, traffic and crime, and help find jobs, housing, and affordable food.


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