Steve Song

Challenging telecommunications policy


So, what's the big idea?

Steve provides thought leadership on, and practical implementations of, access to communications infrastructure and its impact on social and economic innovation and growth.

Steve founded the Village Telco project - an initiative to build low-cost community telephone network hardware and software that can be set up in minutes anywhere in the world. No mobile phone towers or land lines are required. The Village Telco uses the latest Open Source telephony software and low cost wireless mesh networking technology to deliver affordable telephony anywhere.

Steve Song's flash grant nominations

Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.

Female
Khoudia Gueye Sy
icannwiki.com/Khoudia_Gue...
Male
Leandro Ucciferri
lean.com.ar/
Male
Peter Bloom
rhizomatica.org/
Male
Carlos Rey Moreno
uwc.academia.edu/CarlosRe...

Spend breakdown

At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.

The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.

2007

Our contribution:
$153,947.34
Total funds:
$153,947.34

2008

Our contribution:
$221,338.38
Total funds:
$221,338.38

2009

Our contribution:
$127,083.44
Total funds:
$127,083.44

2010

Fellow contribution:
$5,308.62
Our contribution:
$259,060.00
Total funds:
$264,368.62

2011

Fellow contribution:
$12,474.31
Our contribution:
$154,483.37
Total funds:
$166,957.68

2013

Fellow contribution:
$539.40
Our contribution:
$5,394.02
Total funds:
$5,933.42
People
Marketing
Software
Travel
Infrastructure
Training
Office space
Legal
Total funding to date:
$939,628.88