About DEF

Digital Empowerment Foundation aims to connect unreached and underserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions. With the motto to ‘Inform, Communicate and Empower,’ DEF aims to find sustainable ICT solutions to overcome information poverty in remote and rural locations of India. In an effort to achieve this aim, DEF has adopted a multi-stakeholder approach and a six-fold path to enable communities, governments, schools, civil society organisations and micro-enterprises to avail the benefits of the Information Age. Under this six-fold programme approach, DEF initiates projects in the areas of Access & Infrastructure; Education & Empowerment; Governance & Citizen Services; Markets & Social Enterprises; Knowledge Hub & Network; Research & Advocacy.

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Updates from DEF

mBillionth Awards 2016 recognises 31 initiatives from South Asia

On July 23, 2016, about 300 people gathered at Eros Hotel, Nehru Place, to celebrate innovative mobile solutions in South Asia. Organised and hosted by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in partnership with Google and Qualcomm, the 7th mBillionth Awards was held with much fervor to recognise some of the best initiatives being taken in the telecom industry with a vision for mass development through ICT.

Uncover the exceptionality & creativity of crowdsourcing

Grab your Early Bird Ticket and be part of the Crowdsourcing Week
Summit in Bengaluru on September 10, 2016. Join peers, thought
leaders and subject matter experts to discuss and promote organisations/innovators looking to embed the power of the crowd in their products and services in a global crowd-powered marketplace. To buy tickets online, visit our website or contact us at cswsummit@defindia.org.

DEF responds to the draft Bill on geospatial data

DEF recently ran a Change.org campaign to Save & the Right to
Use the Map: Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016. & This
week-long petition, which raised awareness against the implications
of the Bill, & collected more than 160 signatures, and their comments
were forwarded to the & Ministry of Home Affairs on June 2, 2016.