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1 Million WIFI Zones for 1 Million Students

Provide free data, high-speed internet, and hotspot-enabled smartphones to public school students to empower online learning.

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Our idea is to facilitate:

  • donation of internet data to specific schools by existing cell phone users
  • cell phone service providers donate hotspot-enabled cell phones to specific schools
  • school distribution of loaned cell phones to students
  • cell service providers activate hotspots and hi-speed internet service

In achieving our first milestone of serving 500,000 students in the US, we will be able to create a scalable solution for the global community. We will seek partnerships with all major cell phone service providers to coordinate this service and give them the option to match all data donations. We will utilize funding to promote service and leverage our achievements to provide this service for 5 million students worldwide.

The following links helped us formulate our idea.

https://www.azfamily.com/news/continuing_coverage/coronavirus_coverage/hotspots-will-be-donated-to-arizona-students-without-home-wifi/article_025909ce-7f89-11ea-ba38-fbbab41c425d.html

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/covid19-coronavirus-climate-jennifer-morgan-greenpeace?fbclid=IwAR0JrLRMt7Dp1qJd7nnn0rOkEydF8vud0wI2tHxYlK1iyxOJysPbrXGBxfk

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/03/16/as-schools-close-due-to-the-coronavirus-some-u-s-students-face-a-digital-homework-gap/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/330695/number-of-smartphone-users-worldwide/

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/9/21200159/coronavirus-school-digital-low-income-students-covid-new-york

https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/02/06/465587073/how-limited-internet-access-can-subtract-from-kids-education

http://digitalequityforlearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/jgcc_opportunityforall.pdf

https://www.cnet.com/news/why-rural-areas-cant-catch-a-break-on-speedy-broadband/

https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse

https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2020/03/24/unesco-covid-19-school-closures-have-impacted-nearly-14-billion-students-infographic/#3eb096a53dd5

https://gemreportunesco.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/how-are-countries-addressing-the-covid-19-challenges-in-education-a-snapshot-of-policy-measures/

https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2019/04/08/its-time-for-a-new-approach-for-mapping-broadband-data-to-better-serve-americans/

https://www.statista.com/chart/21454/broadband-connection-in-america/

What is the need are you focusing on?

Schools have closed in all 50 states in response to the coronavirus crisis, with many states extending those closures through the end of the school year. In general, school districts are replacing in-person instruction with some form of distance learning, usually online. From lacking computers to physical space, low-income students are at a disadvantage in online learning. "About 17% of students nationwide lack a computer at home, according to a 2019 analysis by the Associated Press. Eighteen percent lack broadband internet access. Low-income families and families of color are especially likely to be without these resources, according to the AP."

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

“China is providing computers to students from low-income families and offering mobile data packages and telecommunication subsidies for students. In France, efforts are being made to lend devices and provide printed assignments to the 5% of learners who do not have access to the internet or computers. To ease the disruption, the United Arab Emirates created a hotline for teachers and students to seek technical support if they face any difficulties. In Washington State, United States, the schools are not encouraged to provide online learning services unless equitable access is ensured. In Portugal, to tackle the fact that not all students may have access to internet at home, the government suggested a partnership with the post office services to deliver working sheets to be done at home."

What is your profession?

I am an after school educator.

Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

Which industry do you work in?

  • Education
  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your submission? Are you participating in these efforts?

No.
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Claudia Akel

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"Team member working with Social Impact Movement. Key ideator & implementor."

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Sian Cohen

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"Contributed the idea of donating unused cell plan data/minutes"

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Rapudo Hawi

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"Contributed invaluable insight from a different perspective. ideator supreme."

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Olay Tugba Deniz

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"contributed zoom call administration"

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Dana Akins-Adeyemi

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"Contributed images & social media visibility."

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Armen Juhl

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"Contributed to brainstorm & ideation. Master administrator."

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