South Africa’s Tim Human has picked up US$75, 1000 for emerging Best Total Runner-up at the Mozilla’s Equal Rating Innovation Obstacle, which seeks solutions that can help bring more people online.
Announced last year, the Equal Rating Development Challenge received 98 syndication from 27 countries around the world, 60% of which came from Nigeria, USA, Brazil, India and Kenya.
Following analysis by the competition’s judging plank, two South African internet marketers – Tim Human and Dr Carlos Rey-Moreno – were selected among the 5 finalists.
They both received 2 months of mentorship from experts within Mozilla’ community, and frequency at a Demo Working day. The winners were then announced at RightsCon Brussels after a week of public voting, with Harry Human named Best Total Runner-up.
Tim Human’s Afri-Fi is a Free Open public WiFi was executed to make Project Isizwe economically sustainable by connecting brands to an untapped, countrywide audience, specifically low-income residential areas who otherwise cannot manage connectivity.
“The Afri-Fi way towards community building, close ties, developing neighborhood entrepreneurs and inclusivity, with a goal of connecting many of the most marginalized communities, are all key factors in why they deserve this recognition and are leading the FREE OF CHARGE Internet movement in Lower Africa, ” said Marlon Parker, founder of SA’s Reconstructed Living Labs.