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INGR Webinar Series: IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge Panel
The IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge (https://ctu.ieee.org/) is an annual, global competition that solicits solutions from start-ups, grassroots organizations, universities, or individuals with projects or ideas to bridge the digital divide in innovative ways. Organized by the IEEE Future Networks Initiative and other partners, the competition seeks applications from early-stage projects that offer unique ways to increase Internet access and usage for unconnected populations/geographies.

In this Webinar, we invite a panel of 2021 CTU winners to share their first-hand experiences on how their ideas and projects help close the digital divide, as well as lessons learned from participating in the CTU contest and latest updates on their projects from the past year. Please join our Webinar to learn more about the IEEE CTU challenge and hear directly from past CTU winners.


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Eric Nitschke
Founder & CEO @Wakoma
Eric Nitschke is a social entrepreneur using open and human-centered approaches to solve complex education and connectivity challenges. Eric is the founder and CEO of Wakoma, a social enterprise building open hardware and software solutions that enable communities to design, build and share their own network infrastructure and localized content and services which operate offline and online. Eric is a strong advocate for meaningful connectivity, digital inclusion, and open education.
Rahma Utami
Founder @Suarise
Rahma is founder and accessibility director in Suarise, an Indonesian-based social enterprise that focuses on disability inclusion in the digital sector. Before focusing on digital accessibility, she spent 10 years in the digital advertising industry and design, and became an accessibility consultant in the UK. She holds a bachelor in visual communication design from ITB, and a Masters of Digital Media practice for Development and Social change from University of Sussex. In Ba11y, her responsibility is in product development.
Filippo Malandra
Assistant Professor @University at Buffalo
Filippo Malandra (M’16) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University at Buffalo and director of the Wireless Network for Smart Systems (WN4SS) Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal in 2016, and a B.Eng. and a M.Eng. in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2008 and 2011, respectively. His research interests include the performance analysis and design of mobile networks for smart cities, smart grid and IoT applications, the design of new solutions to provide broadband Internet access to underserved communities.
Joaquin Aviles
Joaquin is the CEO of i4SD, a social enterprise that designs, builds and operates high quality infrastructure solutions for sustainable development. With an extensive trajectory in the International Public Sector, Joaquin has also experience in the Private Sector where he has managed the execution of several infrastructure projects. Before founding i4SD, Joaquin led the planning and operations at P3 Global Management, a global smart city infrastructure company, delivering innovative solutions to help cities become more sustainable and resilient. With over 20 years of experience in infrastructure planning, project development and Public-Private Partnerships, Joaquin served as Director of Operations of the Millennium Villages, a global partnership between Millennium Promise, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the United Nations, managing a portfolio of 100+ Infrastructure Projects in the areas of, energy, connectivity, water and mobility across sub-Saharan Africa.