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FCA: Connecting the Unconnected (CTU) Challenge: Closing the gender digital divide 2023

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Connecting the Unconnected Challenge (CTU) is a new Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) competition that solicits solutions from start-ups, grassroots organizations, universities, or anyone else who is working to bridge this digital divide in innovative ways. Organized by the IEEE Future Networks Technical Community and other partners, the competition is looking for applications from early-stage projects that offer unique ways to increase broadband access and usage for unconnected or under-connected populations/geographies.

The event took place on 4 December, 2023, and featured keynote talks, panels, and more with regulators, multinational companies, standards-setting bodies, non-profits, and others. The Summit also serves as an Awards Ceremony for the IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge, with winners presenting their solutions and interacting with attendees.