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Created by the Young Scholars

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

Issue

  • India is the world’s most dangerous country for women, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • 70% of women in India are victims of domestic violence
  • 100 sexual assaults are reported to police every day

Approach

  • Objective: Identify threatening situations and alert help
  • Young Scholar Dr. Aakanksha Chowdhery of Google Brain teamed with IIT India
  • Student team focused on voice analytics to identify situations requiring help

Results

  • Designed smartphone application called Rakshak
  • Application detects speech commands via the smartphone microphone, looking for snippets requesting help or saying “stop” in distressed tones
  • Application provides an SOS alert and user location to an emergency contacts list
  • Students used publicly available speech command datasets, such as Google Speech, and crowdsourced additional data

Celestini Program: Uganda

Issue

  • 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

Approach

  • 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

Results

  • 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

Powered by Global Partnerships

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

The Marconi Society

Proven model
Creativity training
Mentoring and connections

University Partner

Program sponsorship
Faculty support
Stakeholder identification

Business / Government Stakeholders

Summer internships
Project participation
Mentoring and connections

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Support the Celestini Program

We welcome contributions to our 501(c)(3).