Globally, nearly three billion people remain offline. Despite increased innovation and expanded connectivity, gaps in digital access are growing between wealthier, more connected, groups and lower income, often marginalized, communities.
A multi-year effort led by Aspen Digital and powered by HP Inc., the Digital Equity Accelerator invests in not-for-profit organizations and NGOs actively addressing social and economic injustice in their communities resulting from unequal technology access and usage. Organizations from Malaysia, Mexico, and South Africa are invited to apply to the 2023 Accelerator cohort now through 23 January.
On 17 January, Aspen Digital hosted two information sessions to support potential applicants. These sessions:
- Showcased what participants in the Accelerator will receive and how they benefit
- Allowed organizations to ask questions about eligibility and the application process
- Provided the opportunity to hear about the 2022 cohort
The benefits of participating in the 2023 cohort include: a $100,000 USD capacity-building grant; another $100,000 USD worth of technology solutions provided by HP; and access to a robust network of international leaders, mentors, and coaches with expertise in technology, social innovation, non-profit management, and social impact. Additionally, the Accelerator will provide the cohort with opportunities for visibility on a global stage, including connections to local and international media.
We were joined by:
Nezha Larhrissi, Co-Founder & President, eSTEM Morocco
Nezha is a Tech Engineer and Techwomen alumna who is passionate about personal growth. After 23 years of corporate and government life, she founded Aylat, a holistic digital solution for women growth. Since 2014, she presides over eSTEM-Morocco.org.
C.C. Joseph, Co-Founder, Fourth Wave Foundation
Joseph is a Social Catalyst, Leadership Expert and Motivational Speaker who has traveled the world over. From North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and afar, he has revolutionized individuals across the world to unlock the depth of their innate goodness and potential. As the Director of Fourth Wave Foundation, he seeks to integrate the need for developing a holistic approach to solving social issues by transforming them into innovation challenges. His exploration of working with young leaders from across the globe led him into a career as Leadership Expert, Performance Coach and Social Catalyst.