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2022 .ORG Impact Awards Finalists Named

35 inspirational mission-driven organizations and changemakers selected out of record 947 submissions from 68 countries

RESTON, Va., Sept. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Public Interest Registry (PIR), the People behind .ORG, today named the finalists for the 4th annual .ORG Impact Awards. The program honors and celebrates inspiring mission-driven organizations and leaders from around the globe that not only demonstrate a passion for making the world a better place, but also work tirelessly to create a positive impact in their communities.

“The 2022 .ORG Impact Awards finalists represent the best of humanity. They are devoted to addressing the most critical issues facing society today,” said Jon Nevett, President and CEO of Public Interest Registry. “We received a record number of submissions from across the world. We are thrilled to have the privilege of recognizing some of today’s most inspiring champions for change—those who are working to increase access to healthcare and education, championing diversity, supporting those in poverty, tackling climate change, and much more. The work of these organizations illustrates the power of those who have committed to creating a more healthy, equitable, and sustainable world for all.”

This year’s finalists represent the top five entries across seven award categories:
  • Community Building
  • Quality Education for All
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Health and Healing
  • Hunger and Poverty
  • Rising Stars (leaders, under 25, making a difference in their communities)

Winners in these award categories, including the prestigious .ORG of the Year, will be announced as part of the .ORG Impact Awards celebration on November 15th. Award winners will be eligible for donations up to $45,000 USD out of $105,000 in total prize awards. Each category winner will receive $10,000, and the .ORG of the Year winner—selected by PIR from the seven category award winners—will receive an additional donation of $35,000.

“The credibility that accompanies winning this award has opened doors and allowed us to meet organizations that would otherwise have not engaged with Zoe Empowers,” said John Boswell, Chief Operating Officer of Zoe Empowers, a 2021 OIA winner. “In the past year, we have had the honor to present at the Skoll World Forum, have received a grant from the Keep a Child Alive Foundation and are currently engaged in discussion to expand to additional countries. Being a 2021 winner is validation of our work and lends credibility that opens doors.”

The 947 organizations and individuals who submitted entries this year were reviewed and scored by a panel of judges who are leaders in the Internet, non-profit, health, education, and marketing sectors. All nominations must be tied to an active website with a .ORG domain.

Please visit www.orgimpactawards.org for complete rules and information.

2022.ORG Impact Award Finalists
Community Building

Gravity Water 

Gravitywater.org  Gravity Water turns rain into safe drinking water for schools in need around the world.

Together We Rise 

Togetherwerise.org  Together We Rise is an organization of motivated young adults and former foster youth that work to improve the lives of children in foster care, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public.

Nostos Homes 

Nostoshomes.org  Nostos Homes is a youth-led non-profit that designs and builds innovative, affordable, and sustainable homes for communities displaced due to natural disasters or violent conflict.

Kageno Worldwide 

Kageno.org  Kageno’s mission is to transform impoverished communities into places of hope and opportunity. Kageno works with community leaders to develop programs in four key areas of Education, Healthcare, Income Generation, and Conservation.

Goonj 

Goonj.org  Goonj envisions to grow as an idea across regions, economies, and countries using urban discard as a tool to alleviate poverty and enhance the dignity of the underprivileged people of the world. Goonj works to address basic but neglected issues of the poor by involving them in evolving their own solutions with dignity and urban material as reward.

Quality Education for All

Hello World

Projecthelloworld.org  Hello World’s paradigm-busting solution to the education deficit tackles the twin injustices of lack of educational resources in remote and last-mile communities and the digital divide.

Asia Initiatives 

Asiainitiatives.org  Asia Initiatives works to leverage the power of social capital to promote healthcare, education, improved livelihoods, and sustainable development in underserved communities with a particular focus on women and their families.

School the World 

Schooltheworld.org  School the World is a community-driven non-profit committed to solving extreme poverty through the power of education.

The Citizens Foundation USA

Tcfusa.org  The Citizens Foundation USA supports the education of underprivileged children in Pakistan.

Asante Africa Foundation 

Asanteafrica.org  Asante Africa Foundation is a social impact organization educating children and transforming worlds in east Africa through academic support, life skills training, livelihood skill development, and opportunity creation.

Environmental Stewardship

Human-I-T 

Human-i-t.org  Human-I-T creates equitable access to opportunity by providing devices, internet access, digital skills training, and tech support for communities left on the wrong side of the digital divide and empowers businesses and organizations to do good by diverting their unwanted technology away from landfills.

Wallowa Resources 

Wallowaresources.org  Thriving rural communities need strong economies, wholehearted commitment to taking care of the land and water, and top-notch learning opportunities. Wallowa’s mission is to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. They accomplish this by working together with the community, partners, and you.

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) 

Mudproject.org  Since its creation in 1981, the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) has been a community organization focused on creating equitable communities and a sustainable urban environment.

TIP SESSIONS CHARITABLE TRUST 

Tipsessions.org  Tip Sessions leverages design, technology, lingual, and regional context to achieve climate and gender justice through a two-pronged approach of climate education and economic empowerment of rural women.

Thaki 

Thaki.org  Thaki works to empower refugee and vulnerable children to access education technology solutions, enhance digital literacy, develop future focused skills, and support personal enrichment and resiliency to overcome poverty.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Pro Mujer

Promujer.org  Pro Mujer has been working to advance gender equality in Latin America for over 32 years. It provides underserved women with financial inclusion, skilling opportunities and health services in order for them to reach their full potential, become agents of change, and improve their living conditions.

JustLeadershipUSA 

Jlusa.org  JustLeadershipUSA is the only national criminal legal reform organization founded by and led by formerly incarcerated people.

Last Mile Education Fund

Lastmile-ed.org  Last Mile Education Fund invests in striving low-income underrepresented students pursuing high-demand STEM degrees, increasing diversity in technology and innovation, and creating social mobility for the students and their families.

Interaction Institute for Social Change

Interactioninstitute.org  For 30 years, the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) has built collaborative capacity in individuals, organizations, and networks working for social justice and racial equity.

Out Youth 

Outyouth.org  Out Youth serves Central Texas LGBTQIA+ youth and their allies with programs and services to ensure these promising young people develop into happy, healthy, successful adults.

Health and Healing

Help Our Wounded Foundation 

Howfoundationsf.org  Help Our Wounded improves the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by advocating for and providing access to life-changing hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Kageno Worldwide 

Kageno.org  Kageno’s mission is to transform impoverished communities into places of hope and opportunity. Kageno works with community leaders to develop programs in four key areas of Education, Healthcare, Income Generation, and Conservation.

Siddhasthali Rural Community Hospital 

Siddhasthalihospital.org  Siddhasthali Rural Community Hospital aims to provide sustainable healthcare to the poor and underserved living in rural and remote Nepal.

Limbitless Solutions

Limbitless-solutions.org  Limbitless Solutions Inc. (LSI) is dedicated to empowering individuals by creating access for children—and soon adult first responders and veterans—to personalized, high-functioning, and expressive prosthetics without financial burden.

Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance

Wuqukawoq.org 

Since 2007, Wuqu’ Kawoq has been transforming healthcare and building health equity in Guatemala. Wuqu’ Kawoq’s program areas include child nutrition, women’s health, maternal-child health, and chronic disease.

Hunger and Poverty

Together We Rise

Togetherwerise.org  Together We Rise is an organization of motivated young adults and former foster youth that work to improve the lives of children in foster care, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public.

NGO CIDADES SEM FOME/Cities Without Hunger 

Cidadessemfome.org  The NGO Cidades Sem Fome (Cities Without Hunger) develops sustainable agricultural projects in urban areas.

Food Rescue Hero

Foodrescuehero.org  Purposefully designed to automate the time consuming and variable coordination of food recovery, Food Rescue Hero enables scalable impact on food waste, food insecurity, and climate change.

Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance

Wuqukawoq.org 

Since 2007, Wuqu’ Kawoq has been transforming healthcare and building health equity in Guatemala. Wuqu’ Kawoq’s program areas include child nutrition, women’s health, maternal-child health, and chronic disease.

Global Volunteers 

Globalvolunteers.org 

Global Volunteers is working at the invitation and under the direction of local leaders to deliver essential services equitably to community and partner organizations worldwide.

Rising Stars

Precious Samson Wakili – The Girl Child Values Support Initiative

Girlchildvsi.org 

Precious Samson Wakili is the founder of The Girl Child Values Support Initiative, an organization that seeks to amplify and elevate the lives of women and girls in rural communities through arts, education, storytelling, sports, advocacy, and health.

Mathias Charles Yabe – AkoFresh 

Akofresh.org 

Mathias is the co-founder of AkoFresh, a green solution that is offering sustainable crop preservation, farmer training, and market linkage to reduce postharvest losses and ensure improved livelihood of smallholder farmers.

Babatunde Bale – The R.E.T.I.N.A Initiative

Theretinainitiative.org 

Babatunde Bale is the co-founder of The R.E.T.I.N.A Initiative where he focuses on helping underserved communities become free from preventable blindness by implementing sustainable eye care innovations, community outreach programmes, and advocacy campaigns.

Ghania Chaudhry – Finding Refuge 

Findingrefugegr.org 

Ghania is the co-founder and co-executive director of Finding Refuge, an organization aimed at reducing the homelessness experienced by refugees by assisting their transition into self sufficiency.

Azra Ismail – MakerGhat 

Makerghat.org 

Azra is the co-founder of MakerGhat, which prepares youth in India for the workforce through hands-on education.

.ORG of The Year

The 2022.ORG Impact Award, .ORG of the Year, recognizes a non-profit or nongovernmental organization nominated in one of the other categories using the .ORG domain, and honors outstanding achievement as evidenced by results and/or contributions to its sector, constituents, community or society at large. Winners will be announced this November.

About .ORG

.ORG is the original purpose-driven “generic” top-level domain (gTLD) with over 10.6 million domain names registered worldwide. .ORG is open to everyone, providing a global platform for organizations, associations, clubs, businesses and individuals to bring their ideas to life. For more than 30 years, .ORG has built an enduring legacy of trust, preserving an open and secure Internet where diverse communities can establish a trusted online identity and freely share ideas. .ORG is powered by the non-profit Public Interest Registry (PIR). PIR has been a champion for a free and open Internet for almost 20 years with a clear mission to be an exemplary domain name registry, provide a trusted digital identity and help educate those who dedicate themselves to improving our world. PIR was founded by the Internet Society (internetsociety.org) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA. Visit www.TheNew.org for more information.

Media contact: pir@berlinrosen.com 

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STL unveils 5G cosmos to help Indian telcos fiberise their networks for 5G

–  Enable Indian Telcos fiberise 5g networks at a fast pace

–  Help create high quality and long-lasting fibre infrastructure for the country

NEW DELHI, Oct. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —  STL (NSE: STLTECH), one of the industry’s leading integrators of digital networks, today unveiled 5G Cosmos – an optical solution for towers and small cells – to lend speed to the 5G rollout.



As India approaches the much-awaited 5G buildouts, telecom operators need to look at fiberisation with a futuristic lens. India’s fiberisation will increase ~3X to 60 Mn fkm annually. Tower and small cell fiberisation will be big drivers. Tower fiberisation must increase from ~35% to ~80% to provide high quality 5G services. Additionally, 5G will require upto 4X small cells, backhauled with fibre.

Despite the intent and capital availability, India’s fibre space is constrained by deployment speed and scale. 5G Cosmos is an Atmanirbhar, patented solution that can solve these challenges and connect every tower, small cell and node. It comprises of:

  1. 5G optical network topology design – The design will deliver a highly competent network with enhanced scalability, bandwidth, and reduced latency
  2. StellarTM Fibre – This bend insensitive fibre, apt for congested 5G topology, minimises data loss and ensures speed through seamless splicing
  3. Celesta intelligently bonded ribbon cables– These high-density cables will reduce installation time and optimise project costs
  4. Plug-and-Play optical devices- STL’s Opto-Bolt and Opto-Blaze offer a pre-connectorised, ruggedised Plug-and-play solution, resulting in faster execution and de-skilling of field installations
  5. Automation-led fibre deployment– This technology-led approach offers backhaul fiberisation using robotics and AI-driven field management systems

Launching 5G Cosmos at IMC 2022, Pankaj Miglani, Director Supply Chain Management, Bharti Airtel, said: “We are readying our infrastructure for 5G and fiberisation is a core need. We are happy to see the use cases that 5G Cosmos can solve for telcos and enable us to deliver a great 5G experience to our customers.”

STL’s Managing Director, Ankit Agarwal, remarked, “Indian telecom operators are ready to install fibre-dense networks for 5G. This will need an integrated and futuristic solution. We have built 5G Cosmos to enable fiberisation of macro and small cells at scale and achieve the full potential of 5G. We wish telecom operators the very best for one of the largest 5G rollouts in the world.”

About STL – Sterlite Technologies Ltd:

STL is an industry-leading integrator of digital networks that helps telcos, cloud companies, citizen networks and large enterprises deliver enhanced experiences to their customers. Read more, Contact us.

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STL launches Multiverse – India's first Multicore fibre and cable; aims to revolutionize the optical landscape

-Most advanced optical technology in India

-A game changer for 5G, Quantum Computing and Data Centre connectivity

NEW DELHI, Oct. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — STL (NSE: STLTECH), one of the industry’s leading integrators of digital networks, today launched India’s first Multicore fibre and cable. This breakthrough innovation will change the optical connectivity landscape of India.

This has been conceptualised and developed indigenously at STL’s Centre of Excellence in Maharashtra with top interdisciplinary R&D experts. STL’s Multiverse leverages Space Division Multiplexing to gain 4X transmission capacity per fibre, within the same diameter.

Speaking at the launch, Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel, said: “I am excited to see this optical fibre innovation from a homegrown company. STL’s Multiverse fibre and cable will enable 4X capacity and play a vital role in 5G scale-up. I wish STL all the very best for their efforts towards supporting network build outs.”

 STL Multiverse offers features that can revolutionise connectivity for network builders:

  • High capacity per 5G cell site – It’s now possible to connect multiple radio heads through a single Multicore fibre and reduce the cabling footprint for 5G networks
  • Quad-core fibre connectivity in data centres -Today most advanced fibre cables have ~7000 cores. This advancement takes it upto ~28000 cores, thereby powering connectivity for warehouse-scale computing
  • Quantum communication feasibility – The growth of quantum communication is expected to support the co-existence of quantum communication and telecommunication channels. Multicore fibre offers exciting possibilities in this emerging area.
  • Carbon footprint reduction – This greenest-ever optical fibre reduces cable surface area by ~75% and plastic in the ground by ~10%

Commenting on the launch, Dr Badri Gomatam, CTO, STL, said, “We have been doing deep research on optical fibre for over 15 years. In the last three years, we have been able to excel in Multicore technology and indigenously developed this product. We are proud to be the first in India to launch this. STL’s Multiverse will revolutionise 5G and data center connectivity, actualise quantum computing at scale and make the internet greener.”

About STL – Sterlite Technologies Ltd:

STL is an industry-leading integrator of digital networks that helps telcos, cloud companies, citizen networks and large enterprises deliver enhanced experiences to their customers. Read more, Contact us.

stl.tech |Twitter | LinkedIn | YouTube

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IIIT Hyderabad and Silicon Labs Launch Campus-wide Wi-SUN Network for Smart City Applications

New Smart City Living Lab initiative to enable research and innovation in this emerging IOT communication standard

HYDERABAD, India, Oct. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — IIITH Smart City Living Lab in partnership with Silicon Labs, a leader in secure, intelligent wireless technology, today launched a campus-wide Wi-SUN network to enable research and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities. Wi-SUN is an open-standard protocol enabling interoperable solutions through open source software with multi-layer security. Wi-SUN will enable utilities, municipalities, and other enterprises to deploy long-range, low-power wireless mesh networks connecting thousands of IoT nodes.

IIITH Smart City Living Lab is setup as an initiative of MEITY (Ministry of Electronics & IT) , National Cities Mission, and Gov of Telangana, with knowledge support from EBTC (European Business Technology Council). Silicon Labs, Intel, and Saint Gobain are the other three founding corporate partners. Professor Ramesh Loganathan said, “The Smart City Living Lab, a year old now,  is already a testbed for various start-ups and research. IIITH’s campus consists of sensor networks monitoring different verticals such as water, energy, air pollution, solar generation, etc. as well as a strong standards based data network”.

The Wi-SUN network will add to the existing modes of sensor communications including Wi-Fi and LORA. Wi-SUN needs no towers or expensive communications infrastructure, and allows sensors to connect easily to the cloud. The  project at IIITH will convert all 100 streetlights on campus to Wi-SUN smart streetlights, to build a dense and steady network to allow other sensors such as energy meters, indoor deployments etc., anywhere on campus to utilize these lights as router nodes to send sensor data. 

“Industry-academia partnerships, like the Smart City Living Lab are critical to the growth of the IoT in India,” said Ross Sabolcik, SVP of Industrial and Commercial at Silicon Labs. “Together, we can solve some of the country’s most complex challenges and improve quality of life for all with wireless connectivity. This Wi-SUN network launch is an important milestone that will be the foundation for future smart city applications.”

This project is the foundation for future research study into the Wi-SUN network and will also include challenges for start-ups to build solutions for smart cities using the Wi-SUN network to help take smart city innovations to cost-effective deployment. 

About IIIT-Hyderabad: The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is an autonomous research university founded in 1998 that focuses on the core areas of Information Technology, such as Computer Science, Electronics and Communications, and their applications in other domains through inter-disciplinary research that has a greater social impact. Some of its research domains include Visual Information Technologies, Human Language Technologies, Data Engineering, VLSI and Embedded Systems, Computer Architecture, Wireless Communications, Algorithms and Information Security, Robotics, Building Science, Earthquake Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics, Education Technologies, Power Systems, IT in Agriculture and e-Governance.

Website: www.iiit.ac.in

About Silicon Labs: Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) is a leader in secure, intelligent wireless technology for a more connected world. Their integrated hardware and software platform, intuitive development tools, thriving ecosystem, and robust support make them an ideal long-term partner in building advanced industrial, commercial, home, and life applications. Silicon Labs makes it easy for developers to solve complex wireless challenges throughout the product lifecycle and get to market quickly with innovative solutions that transform industries, grow economies, and improve lives. Silicon Labs is headquartered in Austin, Texas with its largest wireless development centre in Hyderabad, India. 

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