Manthan Awards 2008: Solutions for the Digital Divide

The 5th annual Manthan Awards, which aim to encourage usage of ICT for the empowerment of rural communities in India, are underway.  The mission of the competition is as follows:

To create an information rich society where everyone, irrespective of caste, religion, race, region, gender etc., is empowered to create, receive, share and utilize information and knowledge through digital content for their economic, social, cultural and political upliftment and development.

The awards are currently accepting nominations from individuals or grassroots organizations who are “doing pioneering work in developing, creating and disseminating digital content, be it online or offline, for grassroots empowerment and development in daily walks of life.”  Categories for nomination include: e-Business, e-Learning, e-Culture, e-Government, e-Health, e-Education, e-Enterprise and Livelihood, among others.  For a full list, go here.

Here is a video from the 2007 Manthan Awards. For more information contact the Digital Empowerment Foundation at

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