[TC-I Call to Action]: NASSCOM Foundation Social Innovation Honours

NASSCOM Foundation, the CSR branch of NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies), is launching a Social Innovation Honours award.

The annual Honours aim to showcase projects that demonstrate best practices through exemplary use of ICT in areas of social transformation. This honour is a celebration of innovations that bring about social change and development through the application of cutting-edge technology.

There are categories for non-profit, for-profit, and government organizations in India to enter their projects for consideration. If you have a project that uses cutting edge technology to affect education, health, employment, or the environment, this may be a great opportunity to share your success. Applications can be submitted from now until October 20, 2008. The winners will be announced at NASSCOM Foundation’s Leadership Summit in February 2009. You can find more details here and download the application here.


Celebrating Innovation

Marico Innovation Foundation’s Innovation for India Awards 2008 took place on March 19 in Mumbai. Over a 100 entries out of total 205 were about social impact, indicating that there is a large level of activity occurring in this realm.

For example, one of the winners is Bhinge Brothers, who redesigned the treadle pump for pumping irrigation and drinking water. For a list of the nominees, go here.

WWSF Annual Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life

According to OneWorld South Asia, the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) is seeking nominations for its Annual Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life:

All over the world, rural women are an integral and vital force in the development processes that are the key to socio-economic progress.

The Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) invites nominations for its fifteenth Annual Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life, honouring innovative and courageous women and women’s organisations working to improve the quality of life in rural communities around the world.

Since its inception in 1994, 331 laureates have been felicitated for their creativity with a cash donation of US$ 500 each and US$ 3,000 for established organisations in Africa.

Many of the 15 to 20 selected prize winners will be invited to Geneva to personally present their work at an award ceremony on October 15, declared as the International Day for Rural Women by the UN.

The last date for receiving nomination(s) is March 31, 2008.  For more information, including nomination guidelines, go here.

2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development

The SEED Initiative is currently accepting applications from individuals with innovative or entrepreneurial ideas in the realm of sustainable development, specifically in the context of developing countries. The deadline for submission is March 16, 2008. Click here for more details regarding the application process. A brief description of the award follows from OneWorld South Asia:

The SEED awards is an annual international competition, designed to support locally-led, innovative, entrepreneurial partnerships in developing countries, which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability. The SEED Initiative assists young and promising endeavours in strengthening and scaling up the impact of their activities. The winners receive a tailored package of support services, worth US $25,000, including access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, developing business plans and identifying sources of finance. Fifteen finalists will be chosen from developing countries in each of the four UN regional groups: Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. There will be three finalists from each region except Asia, from which six finalists will be selected. Out of these 15 finalists, five winners will be announced in June 2008.