On the eve of the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, which runs from April 9 to April 11 in Oxford, England, iPass and the Skoll Foundation have announced a partnership that will provide 100 Skoll Foundation entrepreneurs with iPass Wi-Fi service free of charge for one year.
The initiative will be introduced at the Forum, which brings together 1,000 leaders from business, government, and civil society sectors for three full days of debates, discussions, and work sessions.
iPass is a California-based company with over 2 million hotspots worldwide, providing Wi-Fi connectivity to enterprises and service providers.
“Mobile connectivity is critical to our social entrepreneurs’ work around the world, in some of the most remote places on earth. Yet global access to mobile connectivity is still not as affordable as people might think,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation.
“These entrepreneurs need to be connected with team members and partners, and communicate, share information, and make decisions in real-time. iPass will be an invaluable tool to keep them connected to what matters most.”
During the year, several Skoll entrepreneurs, including Bart Weejens (Apopo), Jim Fruchterman (Benetech), Andrea Coleman (Riders for Health), Willy Foote (Root Capital), and Ned Breslin (Water for People), will be blogging about how iPass Wi-Fi and other technologies help them stay connected while they travel.
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