The Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRIDA) is pleased to announce the winners of the Start UP FRIDA 2014, each project will receive up to USD 14.000:
"Using Remote Experimentation on Mobile Devices for Basic Education in the Public School System" – Universidad del Sur de Santa Catarina (Brasil) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa e Extensão Universitária – FAPEU (Brasil).
"Learning Educational Robotics in Virtual Contexts" – Fundación Omar Dengo (Costa Rica) and Ministerio de Educación de República Dominicana (República Dominicana)
"DatoDuro: A Mobile App for Open Data and Crowdsourcing" – Fundación La Voz Pública (Argentina) and El Faro (El Salvador).
"ICT for Improving Community Water Management in Rural Populations with High Levels of Poverty" – ONGAWA (Perú) and Asociación de Educación y Comunicación La Cuculmeca (Nicaragua)
More information: http://programafrida.net/startup
FRIDA has been providing financial support in the form of "small grants" to research initiatives in the field of ICTs for economic and social development since 2004. During this period, the program has awarded more than one million non-reimbursable dollars.
In 2010, the program added the FRIDA Awards aimed at recognizing outstanding initiatives that have made a real and significant contribution to the region's development. In 2013, the Awards were transformed into Awards+ and the possibility of submitting proposals for extending/ furthering some of the activities included in the original proposals was added.
In 2014, FRIDA is adding a new option – the "FRIDA Start-Up" Program – to continue to promote and support innovative projects so that they can achieve greater impact beyond the original project itself.