The 50x15 Foundation succeeds because of the efforts of private, public, and government entities that collaborate on the common goal of a more connected global population.
The Ecosystem at Large
50x15 is highly inclusive and welcomes participation at any level — whether affiliated with 50x15 or not. As such, there exists an ecosystem of participants — local, national, and global in scale — who are involved in their own efforts to accelerate global connectivity. 50x15 embraces involvement from all entities, because in the end, their endeavors help move the 50x15 mission forward.
The 50x15 Partner Program:
A unified effort built on the premise that no single entity can accomplish this ambitious goal alone, 50x15 unites private, public, and governmental partners from around the world. As part of our collaborative approach to fostering digital inclusion efforts, 50x15 has established the 50x15 Partner Program, resulting in end-to-end collaborative relationships that will accelerate technology deployment, learning, and delivery of new products to the markets and individuals that need them most.
50x15 Partners and Participants
Establishing sustainability requires vital resources. Based on research gathered from previous deployments, ensuring the following key areas of an Internet connectivity ecosystem can translate into success. The 50x15 Partner Program focuses on the key areas of development as identified by the ITAFE Global Benchmarking Study.
- Power – grid based, solar, or manual power generation
- Connectivity - wired, wireless, or satellite service providers
- Devices - servers, personal computers, laptops, thin clients, smart phones, and other tools people use to access the Internet
- Financing - government programs, financial institutions and foundations that provide micro-loans and other means for helping local people afford Internet access tools and services
- Content - locally relevant software applications and information available in multiple languages
- Expertise - training, repair services, and general ecosystem support
- Structure Design - pre-planning for technology when designing a building can greatly increase efficiency and longevity of a digital inclusion project. Structure design encompasses everything from the building that houses the digital inclusion center (school, health clinic, Internet café, etc.) to the type of LAN and power connections installed at the site