Paul is making the open-source Serval Project the premier mesh telephony platform, thus empowering individuals and communities to meet their own telecommunications needs, and to maintain telecommunications capacity when infrastructure is unavailable or unaffordable.
He hopes that this will help connect the last billion to affordable telephony, and the last five and a half billion to the internet, and thus narrow the digital-divide.
Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.
At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.
The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within each calendar year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.