Nominations for the ISIF Asia 2018 Internet for Development Awards will be open from 25 February to 15 May. Each winner will receive a USD 3,500 cash prize plus a travel grant to attend the Internet Governance Forum 2018 where the awards ceremony will take place. The Award seeks to recognize the positive contributions of Internet-based innovations to development on 2 categories:

I4D Award for Community Networks

The Internet for Development Award for Community Networks will be awarded to projects/organizations working to achieve affordable, locally owned and managed communication infrastructure, deploying creative low-cost solutions that use wireless technologies, GSM and/or fibre connections. Interested applicants can submit nominations that are focused on one or more of the following areas:

  • Technical innovation around devices and network management;
  • Creative organizational/partnership arrangement(s) and incentives for established ISPs and mobile operators to support local access networks and expand connectivity to underserved areas;
  • Innovative business models that support social and economic development, inclusion and diversity;
  • Enabling regulatory frameworks that support access provision under a locally owned and managed infrastructure. 

I4D Award for Gender Empowerment & Innovation

The Internet for Development Award for Gender Empowerment & Innovation will be awarded to projects/organizations working to achieve gender equality and foster women’s leadership in the Internet industry. Interested applicants can submit nominations focused on one or more of the following areas:

  • Building advanced digital skills among women and girls (coding, network management and security, IPv6, big data, sensors, IoT, devices, machine learning, cloud computing);
  • Supporting women to get involved in network infrastructure deployment to expand Internet access and adoption;
  • Encouraging the participation of women in digital markets to support women’s economic empowerment as well as capacity building initiatives that support employment paths in the Internet industry;
  • Promoting the safe use of the Internet for women and girls, and defending women’s right online.

Nomination Requirements

For both categories under the I4D Awards, nominated projects/organizations must:

  • Operating for a minimum of 1 year, with a clear development focus.
  • Provide outcomes based evidence to support impact achieved.
  • Have clear community benefit.
  • Address gender diversity and inclusion.
  • Provide details about what is innovative about their approach
  • Provide enough technical information to assess the technical solution implemented.

Before submitting your nomination, please review the Selection Criteria, Nomination Guidelies and FAQ.


ISIF Asia founding award winners at the awards ceremony Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. 2011.
Left to right: Ou Virak (Cambodia), Meenakshi Guatham (India), Lemi Soarez (Timor Leste) and Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui (Niue).

Key dates for 2018

Applications open 25 February
Applications close 15 May at 11.59 PM UTC
Selection process May-June
Announcement August
Awards ceremony TBC