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HP announces 2024 Digital Equity Accelerator

February 16, 2024

In an effort to bridge the global digital divide and foster inclusive opportunities, HP Inc. and the HP Foundation invite submissions for the 2024 Digital Equity Accelerator.

The programme offers 10 selected non-profit organisations a $100,000 (€93,000) grant, HP technology (ca. $100,000 (€93,000) value), and six months of virtual training to scale digital equity solutions focused on educational, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

HP will accept applications until 1 March 2024, and organisations in Brazil, Canada, and Poland are invited to apply

“At HP, we believe in the power of technology to create positive, sustainable impact and we are committed to accelerating digital equity for those most impacted by the digital divide,” said Michele Malejki, Global Head of Social Impact, HP Inc., and Director, HP Foundation. “We are excited for the innovative solutions that will emerge from 2024 Digital Equity Accelerator as we collaborate to create a future that is more inclusive and connected.”

A $1 trillion-plus (€0.93 trillion-plus) digital divide is limiting billions from achieving equal access to educational, healthcare, and economic opportunities. Through the Digital Equity Accelerator, HP is helping to create a more equitable world through access to hardware, connectivity, digital literacy, and quality, relevant content. The Accelerator helps organisations strengthen capacity and scale impact for digital equity solutions, particularly among people who are traditionally excluded.

Since 2022, Accelerator alum have focused on helping to drive progress for women, advancing technology for people with disabilities and aging populations, and increasing digital equity in underrepresented or under-resourced communities including women and girls, people with disabilities and aging populations, historically disconnected groups, and educators and healthcare practitioners.

Over the first two years, the Accelerator helped extend the reach of 17 participating organizations by 8.1 million people.

HP has strategically selected countries to address specific digital equity gaps. These countries represent diverse challenges in digital equity, aligning with HP’s commitment to fostering inclusive access globally.

  • Brazil, despite increased home internet access, has a pronounced digital gap affecting vulnerable groups, including Indigenous and Afro-Brazilian populations and ageing demographics.
  • Canada, despite high internet usage, has persistent inequalities among Indigenous and rural communities and other marginalized groups, with targeted efforts to bridge connectivity gaps.
  • Poland faces lingering divides, especially in rural areas and among refugee populations.

HP added that it is commitment to digital equity and sustainable impact, saying: “As nearly half of the world’s population remains offline, closing the digital divide through equitable access to technology, skills and content will transform lives and communities and create a more equitable world. Since the beginning of 2021, HP has been on a journey to accelerate digital equity for 150 million people by 2030.

“HP’s vision is to become the world’s most sustainable and just technology company, which is reflected in its focus areas of climate action, human rights and digital equity.”

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