the digital divide

The Digitruck, finalist for the Digital 4 Development Prize (iStandout category)

On November 30th 2016 Close the Gap was honoured to participate to the 2016 edition of the Innovation Fair and the Digital for Development (D4D) awards which took place at the African Museum in Tervuren, Belgium.

The day started with the Innovation Fair, where different initiatives had the chance to display information material, and inform any interested guest about Close the Gap’s activities and the role of its partners. Robert Mafie, Director of Affordable Computers and Technology for Tanzania (ACTT), the Tanzania-based project aimed at provide access to ICT to schools, traveled to Brussels for this event. This was also the occasion for Close the Gap to have a face to face update on ACTT activities. Our colleague Inge Knapen, Close the Gap’s Operations Director had the honour to give a keynote on Sustainable ICT4 Development at the beginning of the Innovation Fair, and share Close the Gap’s mission to bridge the digital divide.

In the afternoon, the Award Ceremony took place in the presence of the Minister of Development Cooperation and Digital Agenda, Mr. Alexander De Croo. The D4D Prize rewards outstanding initiatives that use digitalization and new technologies as a lever for development towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Out of the 3 categories for nominations – iStartUP (innovative ideas), iStandOut (success story) and iChoose (the public award) – The Digitruck was nominated in the category  iStandout for its innovative way of providing access ICT to remote locations off the grid. Click here to learn more about the Digitruck.