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The Marconi Society Young Scholars are committed to growing the next generation of communications innovators by empowering technical undergrads in developing countries to use technology to create social and economic transformation in their communities.

We partner with universities, businesses and governments to help students identify projects and implement solutions. We provide mentoring, lab equipment, faculty support and opportunities for students to showcase their accomplishments and make critical connections. The students bring creativity, technical skills and a passion for making a difference.

Donations fund critical areas including lab equipment to give students hands-on experience with key technology.

Celestini Program: India

Established 2017


  • Over 200,000 people in India lost their lives in road accidents in 2015
  • Traffic accidents are the top cause of death for people aged 19-25
  • In Delhi, many of these accidents are caused by buses hitting pedestrians and cyclists


  • Objective: Reduce fatalities due to traffic collisions
  • Marconi Young Scholar Dr. Aakanksha Chowdhery of Princeton University teamed with eight universities in India and Google
  • Four teams focused on creating video analytics and alerts to notify drivers of potential collisions


  • 30 students participated in Phase I, six students selected for Phase II
  • Created testbed at IIT Delhi experimenting with collaborative driver assistance to prevent collisions with pedestrians and other vehicles; designed using cameras connected to Raspberry Pis that communicate to cloud via mobile phone app
  • Poster presentation by Phase II team at top-tier ACM MobiCom conference
  • Technology under consideration as a use-case for 5G pilot deployment at IIT Delhi next year
  • Phase II team students are motivated to continue graduate school after their undergraduate work

Celestini Program: Uganda


  • Uganda has the 37th highest maternal mortality rate in the world
  • Hypertension is the second most common cause of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Maternal mortality is caused by remoteness from health centers, shortage of skilled workers and lack of awareness among pregnant women


  • Objective: Reduce maternal deaths due to hypertensive disorders
  • Marconi Young Scholar Dr. Joseph Kakande teamed with Makerere University and Nokia Bell Labs
  • Three teams focused on developing an end-to-end mobile app
  • Phase II kicked off with Human Centered Design Workshop involving 33 participants from Makerere University and local women’s health groups


  • Created a mobile app to track the health of pregnant women and identify potential for hypertensive disorder
  • Developed a database to track patients, generate reports for doctors and store data
  • Built a web application to schedule health care visits

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Projects in each local area include partnership with local universities, businesses and government agencies.  The Celestini Program is built on a proven blueprint for success that local teams can customize for their communities.

Celestini Program

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Proven model
Creativity training
Mentoring and connections

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Program sponsorship
Faculty support
Stakeholder identification

Business / Government Stakeholders

Summer internships
Project participation
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