Frequently Asked Questions

Who is organizing this campaign?

The People's Choice Awards is organized by the Digital Equity Accelerator as part of the 2023 Accelerating Digital Equity Global Summit. To learn more visit: www.digitalequityaccelerator.org.

I have media related questions, who do I contact?

Members of the media and press should email elizabeth.vivirito@aspeninstitute.org. A media alert will be issued on 17 October 2023 annoucing the winners of the People's Choice Award.

What is the purpose of the campaign?

The campaign aims to highlight the importance of digital inclusion and amplify the work of 10 nonprofit organizations leveraging technology to provide educational, employment, and social opportunities to marginalized and underserved communities, including women and girls; ethnic, racial, and religious minority communities; aging populations; people with disabilities; and the teachers working with these groups. The organizations participating in the People's Choice Awards are all members of the 2023 cohort of the Digital Equity Accelerator.

What are the award amounts?

First place is $4,000 USD, second place is $2,000 USD, thrid place is $1,000 USD. Winners will be determined based on number of votes. 

Who is invited to vote?

Voting is open to anyone with an authenticated email address. The campaign is open to the general public.

how often can i vote?

Each person can vote one time each day. If you are not yet cleared to vote, you will receive a notification. If that happens, come back later in the day and try again! Please remember, you must verify your email address and verify your vote for it to count!

what is The 2023 accelerating digital equity global summit?

On 17-19 October 2023, the 2023 Accelerating Digital Equity Global Summit – organized by the Digital Equity Accelerator, a collaboration between HP Inc and the Aspen Institute – will convene global leaders across philanthropy, technology, government, international development, and social impact to collaborate on ways to close the digital divide in the interest of social and economic justice globally. 

All parts of the 2023 Accelerating Digital Equity Global Summit will take place on a fully virtual (online) interactive platform that enables networking and substantive engagement among attendees. All the events are free and open to the public, however advance registration is required.

The virtual Summit is a multi-day convening featuring:

  • Digital Equity Pitch Fest and Social Innovation Showcase (“Pitch Fest and Showcase”) (17 October) is a global event featuring pitches from 10 nonprofit organizations advancing innovative digital equity solutions in Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa. In the lead up to, and during, the Pitch Fest and Showcase, judges, registered Summit attendees, and the general public will have the opportunity to vote on solutions that resonate with them, awarding an additional $25,000.00 USD to participating organizations to further their digital equity work. Award categories are: Judge's Choice Award, Social Innovation Award, Best in Pitch Award, People’s Choice Awards (3), and Audience Choice Awards (3). Voting for the People's Choice Awards will start 1 October - 15 October. All winners will be announced on 17 October during the Pitch Fest! Follow the Accelerator social media channels for more info!
  • Three Regional Summits are separate events (18-19 October 2023)  - one each for Africa, Latin America, and Asia – elevating conversations around digital equity in each region. The Regional Summits feature local leaders at the forefront of social innovation, digital inclusion, and social impact in each region. The Regional Summits will feature innovative panels, fireside chats, interactive subject-specific Roundtables, a virtual happy hour and other networking opportunities.

Learn more about the 2023 Accelerating Digital Equity Global and Regional Summits and register here.

What is the Digital Equity Accelerator?

The Digital Equity Accelerator, a collaboration between HP Inc and the Aspen Institute, fuels social innovation by investing in local NGOs working to address social and economic injustices that are exacerbated by unequal technology access and use around the world.  From May to October 2023, the 10 organizations participated in the 2023 Digital Equity Accelerator – a 6 month capacity building program that includes a robust education and training program, mentorship, $100,000.00 US unrestricted cash grant, and a $100,000.00 hardware grant from HP Inc. Launched in 2022, the Accelerator has invested over $4 million into 17 organizations, helping expand their work and impact across 6 countries and counting.

How can I become involved with the Digital Equity Accelerator?

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