The competition asked NGOs to think of ways SMS messaging could aid in their work. Those judged to have the most impact were chosen as the winners. Last month, they were announced:The Centre for Training and Integrated Research for ASAL Development in Kenya will be using SMS with local communities to protect environmental resources. People in the field will act as early alerts to poaching and illegal logging.
In Uganada, NETWAS will use SMS to provide rural communities with a means to ask questions about their water quality, sanitation and hygiene.
The Equilibrium Fund in Mexico will send reminders to farmers via SMS to let them know when the best times are to plant, water, and harvest, in the hopes of increasing their yields on the land already in use.
Finally, Digital Development in Azerbaijan is using SMS to encourage young people to vote. Their plan—called Count to Five—works like an SMS chain letter, wherein each person is asked to text five friends to tell them to vote and to text five of their friends.