A Lab to Promote Interest in Mathematics and Information Technologies

With the support of LACNIC’s FRIDA Program, the project titled Mobile Lab for Developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Skills has enriched the work of Colombian teachers by training them in programming languages and robotics.

Last year, this initiative of Universidad del Magdalena (Colombia) received a FRIDA grant to increase early exposure of young girls to technology by training preschool teachers.

FRIDA Funds Promote Community Networks in Colombia

Community networks have become a viable alternative to provide Internet access to unconnected populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. In Colombia, Colnodo is a project that seeks to connect people in remote or rural areas not served by the major companies to the digital world.

The funds obtained last year thanks to LACNIC’s FRIDA Program have allowed Colnodo to expand their efforts to support the creation of local networks for Internet connectivity in the rural communities of the municipalities of Buenos Aires and Maní Casanare in Colombia.

2019 Call for Proposals: Announcement of Shortlisted Projects

The FRIDA program is pleased to announce the projects that have been shortlisted following the 2019 call for projects.

In this cycle, 490 project proposals were submitted to the FRIDA program seeking to obtain a FRIDA Award in the Community Networks category or a FRIDA Grant for their work on Technology and Gender.

FRIDA 2019 Call for Proposals now Open: Projects on Community Networks and Gender Equality

The Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRIDA) is opening its 2019 call for proposals to fund projects, with an emphasis on community networks and women-led initiatives that promote gender equality in technology.

The FRIDA call for opens on Monday 1st April and applicants will have time until Wednesday 15 May to submit an executive summary if their projects.

Community Networks Led by Women from Quilombolas and Marisqueiras Communities

Two community network projects led by indigenous women will bring the Internet to their communities in northeastern Brazil through an initiative funded by LACNIC’s FRIDA Program.

Both proposals were selected as the result of a call by Brazilian organization Artículo 19 to support communities in vulnerable areas so they can have access to the digital world.

A Platform against the Dissemination of Intimate Images

Acoso.Online is the first website in Latin America that addresses the non-consensual dissemination of intimate images. The initiative, originated in Chile, provides direct guidance for this type of violence against women and LGBTQI people.

Thanks to the FRIDA funding obtained as a result of the the 2018 call for projects,

Community Connectivity as an Alternative

Community networks have made Internet access a reality for thousands of Latin Americans living in areas considered economically and socially vulnerable. There, in locations that are not served by the major companies and their fiber and wireless equipment, these social projects have allowed many people to connect to the Internet and avoid being relegated in the online world.

Actors, Not Spectators: A Project to Promote the Participation of Women in Technology Careers in Uruguay

Determined to attempt to reverse a global trend, a group of professors of the School of Engineering of the University of the Republic of Uruguay decided to create a project to encourage women’s participation in technology careers, particularly to pursue degrees related to the world of ICTs.

The project “Promoting Careers in ICT Among Teenagers in Uruguay” was born out of this impulse.