Mobileworks (UC Berkeley)

Team Members: Philipp Gutheim, Anand Kulkarni, Prayag Narula and David Rolnitzky

School: UC Berkeley

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MobileWorks provides a platform that gives underemployed and impoverished individuals in the developing world the ability to earn supplemental income by doing work through their mobile phones. The organization accepts data entry and transcription contracts from a variety of sources–government programs in India, Western crowdsourcing companies, and traditional outsourcing companies–and sends this work to workers’ phones over a locally-accessible interface, handling payment to workers and guaranteeing quality to companies. Over time, MobileWorks users have the opportunity to earn data entry certifications and lift themselves out of poverty.