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Applications for 2019 Chapterthon Now Open

We’re happy to announce that the call for applications for the 2019 Chapterthon is now open.

Our world is more digitally connected than ever before, yet barriers still remain for the half of the world’s population who are unconnected.

For 2019, Chapterthon projects will help with Connecting the Unconnected. The Internet is for everyone and we won’t rest until every person who wants to connect, can connect.

Want to take part in this challenge?

We are looking for creative, innovative, and impactful short-term projects from our Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that are for the community, with the community, by the community.

Find out how to apply at:

Only one project will be selected per Chapter to participate in this contest. The selected projects then participate in the global Chapterthon contest. The three winning projects will receive an award!

To guide you through this process, we’ve organised an info session on 27 June 2019 at 11:00 UTC.

You can register in advance at:

All other information about the Chapterthon is available here:

Take part and help us connect the world one community at a time!

Beyond the Net

Want to Make a Difference in Your Community? Apply for a Beyond the Net Medium or Large Grant

Applications are now open for the 2019 Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grants. All Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in good standing are eligible to apply.

For more than a decade, Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grants and the former Community Grants Programme have played a major role in empowering people to improve their communities via the Internet. These programmes have reached thousands of people by helping to bring to life community-driven projects that teach digital skills, enable continued trust in the Internet, build infrastructure in rural and underserved areas, and connect Indigenous communities.

The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is now part of the Internet Society Foundation, but will continue to support the excellent work of our Chapter and SIG communities. The Medium and Large Grants are available for funding at a maximum of USD $30,000.

Applications are open until 31 July 2019. For more details, visit Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grant Programme page. 

While you’re there, check out everything else the Foundation is doing!

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Help Five Projects Connect the World

At Bilkent University in Ankara, students sit at desks littered with bookbags and bottles of water. It looks like a typical classroom, except for the makeup of the students, school-age girls. When the instructor asks a question, the room comes alive. “Who wants to code again after today?”

The hands shoot up.

The students are participating in Coding Sisters, a program that teaches coding to girls. Soon they are grinning as they raise their certificates of completion into the air. They yell in unison, “Hello world!”

The project was funded by the Internet Society’s Digital schools!” Chapterthon 2017, in partnership with Wikimedia Foundation. From October to November 2017, 30 projects from around the world came together to bring educational opportunities to children, especially girls. Chapterthon has been nominated for a series of prizes to be given out at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), an annual United Nations-sponsored summit focused on the role information and communication plays in our world. The WSIS Prizes recognize individuals and organizations that advance the Sustainable Development Goals: 17 global goals dedicated to building a better world by 2030.

Four other innovative, Internet Society-funded projects have been nominated: Zenzeleni Networks in rural South Africa, where one of the most economically disadvantaged communities in the country became a telecom operator; Colegio Nacional de Lambaré, where the Paraguay Chapter created a computer lab and access to fixed broadband at an economically disadvantaged school; e-Daara of Thieyetou, where the Senegal Chapter created a digital hub at a school in the remote village of Thieyetou, bringing Internet and other digital resources to teachers, students, and their families; and the Beyond the Net Programme, which funds projects at the local level to cover everything from education to policymaking, teaching technical skills to at-risk young people, and helping local engineers deploy leading technology.

These nominees show that there are many paths to closing the digital divide, but they all share common traits: Vision. Creativity. Innovation.

The Internet is for everybody, but we must think differently if we are going to connect the next billion. Today it’s helping girls complete a coding course. Tomorrow those girls could bring digital innovation to their own communities.

You can help close the digital divide! Learn more about Beyond the Net grants and how you can help shape tomorrow.

And don’t forget to vote for these innovative projects! The project winners will be announced during WSIS Prizes 2018 Ceremony at the WSIS Forum 2018 in Geneva, 19-23 March 2018.

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Beyond the Net: November Cycle 2015 Summaries

The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is proud to announce the results for the November 2015 cycle.

These projects here are just an example of the opportunities people can make for themselves when they have access to the Internet. No matter if it’s boosting education, building a community, or fighting poverty they’re able to use the Internet to bring amazing changes to their world.

The Beyond the Net Funding Programme

Open Data Lebanon
Nabil Bou-Khaled, Lebanon Chapter

This project aims to host and manage the portal and provide guidance and support to the various government agencies to assist them in the identification, transformation and publication of their datasets on the portal.

Open data is data that is that others can use freely and redistribute to anyone. Because most of that government data is public data by law, many governments around the world have been publishing their data on specialized websites free of charge.

Alliance Article 32
Mondher Laabidi, Tunisia Chapter

The purpose of this project is to defend the values ​​and principles of freedom of access to information and networks in Tunisia, following article 32 of the new Tunisian constitution. The main objectives of this project are:

  1. An appraisal work to see the scope of Article 32; What are the laws that are against its implementation, and what are the bills that will achieve access to information and networks
  2. A citizen action: making an awareness campaign on the rights related to access to information and networks (encourage people to access networks and online databases). Create a proposal force around debates in areas with young people and civil society concerned by Article 32
    To tour in 8 regions to reach citizens
  3. Training and awareness sessions for youth, journalists, academic and government representatives mainly in inland areas of Tunisia.

240 young, 20 Members, 50 journalists, 160 students.

Observatorio de la Juventud
Adela Goberna, Paraguay (SIG)

The “Youth Observatory” is an initiative of young members of Internet Society in Latin American countries, seeking to build a participatory platform to bring knowledge about Internet governance and principles to the youth in Latin America, regardless of their language, sex, race, religion, etc., building capacity among young people. Also, through these tools, build knowledge among young people, enabling them to acquire skills to address these issues.

Internet of Things Makerspaces
Solomon Kembo, Zimbabwe Chapter

Most Zimbabwean schools are operating on shoe-string budgets as budgetary support from government is limited and students barely afford to pay fees. As such access to modern ways and tools of learning, such internet and IoT toolkits is a pipe dream.

The project will work with Herintals High School students, between the ages of 12 and 20 years, from high density suburbs of Harare. Herintals is a group of secondary school centers located in most major cities in Zimbabwe. Its target market are students from mostly high density suburbs. Most of its centers are also located in the high density suburbs for the convenience of the students. A number of Herintals students are repeat students that are supplementing subjects failed on initial examination sittings.

Below is a list of ways in which the project will benefit students earmarked for this project:

• Provide Alternative Career Paths to Academically Challenged Students
Vocational subjects such as wood work and metal work have proved, in the past, to be successful with students that are not academically gifted. Likewise the hands-on nature of IoT offers an alternative avenue of expression for academically challenged students.

• Interesting IoT Applications to stimulate creative thinking
The students will have their minds opened up to a whole new world of possibilities by exposing them to IoT applications undertaken by their peers. They will have a chance to develop similar projects in the process stimulating their own creativity and problem solving capability.

• Engaging young students
Most youths in the targeted areas are disillusioned by the current state of the economy and engage in unhealthy habits that include alcohol and drug abuse. Engaging them in interesting Internet projects will take their minds off some of these unhealthy habits.

The project will establish Internet of Things (IoT) Makerspaces, at selected Zimbabwean schools, to inspire and equip local students with IoT skills and resources, enabling them to develop problem-solving IoT projects in their communities.

Read more about The Beyond the Net Funding Programme