FRIDA Awards

The FRIDA Awards seek to recognize innovative technological solutions with proven social impact in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The winning initiatives will have three main characteristics:

  • Technological Component: Project proposals must have a technological component through which they seek to solve social issues.
  • Innovation: Proposed solutions must be innovative, i.e., they must present new strategies, ideas, methods and processes that respond to social needs and can strengthen their target communities.
  • Proven Impact: The winners will be selected among initiatives with proven impact. In other words, initiatives must present indicators and evidence proving the creation of value for their target communities. If your idea has not yet been implemented or is in its initial stages, we invite you to consider submitting your project to the FRIDA Grants program.

The FRIDA Award consists of a US$5,000 cash prize plus full travel and accommodation for one representative of each project to attend the awards ceremony, which will be held at the 2018 Internet Governance Forum.

Call for Proposals 2018

In 2018, the FRIDA Program will focus its funding on two priority topics: Technologies and Gender, and Community Networks. For more information on this new approach click here.

Three awards will be offered distributed as follows.

Gender and Technologies Award

The gender divide in technology remains a challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean. The FRIDA Program will present two awards to projects which have contributed to the promotion of gender equality and women’s leadership in technology and the Internet industry. Priority will be given to initiatives working on:

  • Developing digital skills among women and girls (coding, network management and security, IPv6, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud Computing, among others).
  • Women’s participation in digital markets and their access to employment opportunities in technology.
  • Implementing strategies to defend digital rights and increase online security and the inclusion of women and girls.
  • Women’s involvement in the deployment of Internet infrastructure to promote Internet access and adoption.

Projects must be led by a woman. Likewise, priority will be given to submissions by teams made up mostly of women.

Community Networks Award

Community networks provide a form of organization for remote, currently underserved communities to help them develop local Internet access solutions. Within the context of this call for projects, the term ‘community networks’ refers to Internet access networks built and operated by citizens who wish to connect their local community, town or city. These networks often have limited range and generally operate in communities of under 3,000 people, although there are cases of networks connecting more than 50,000 users.

FRIDA will present one award to a project or organization that has contributed to community network development in Latin America and the Caribbean by working in one or more of the following areas:

  • Innovation in business models for the development and consolidation of community networks.
  • Technical solutions, including device development and enhancements to improve network management.
  • Local content development to promote a use of the Internet that responds to relevant and meaningful needs of new users.
  • The promotion of regulations that enable and encourage community network development.

The Award will be allocated to a project or organization working to develop affordable, locally-managed community networks and deploying creative low-cost solutions to bring connectivity to regions without Internet service.

For more information on what constitutes a Community Network, we recommend you check out the  following description published by the Internet Society: https://www.internetsociety.org/issues/community-networks/.

How to Apply and Key Dates

The FRIDA Awards are presented to ongoing initiatives or completed projects which are able to submit concrete evidence of their impact. This means that projects pending execution or which are about to begin will not be accepted.

Click here to submit your project through FRIDA’s Application Platform: https://programafrida.net/en/frida-application-platform. Note: Proposals will be received until 15 May at 23:59 Uruguay time (UTC-3).

The 2018 call for proposals will be divided into two stages. In the first stage, applicants must submit a summary of their project through FRIDA’s Application Platform. Only shortlisted projects will move on to the second stage, during which the submission of a more extensive proposal will be required.

  • Call for project proposals opens: Wednesday 4 April 2018
  • Deadline for submitting proposal summaries: Tuesday 15 May 2018 at 11:59 pm (UTC-3)
  • Announcement of shortlisted projects: Wednesday 13 June 2018
  • Submission of detailed proposals for shortlisted projects: Wednesday 13 to Friday 29 June 2018
  • Announcement of results: Monday 6 August 2018

Before submitting your proposal, we recommend you read our frequently asked questions . If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at frida@lacnic.net.