Mark Zuckerberg has often stated that the goal of Facebook is to make the world more open and connected. The most global way the company is trying to do this is through Internet.org — a foundation aimed at bringing internet access to more people around the world.
Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and Co-Founder, addressed the future and goals of Internet.org at its first summit, in New Delhi, India:
So connecting the world is not something that any one company can do by itself. We have to work together with developers and entrepreneurs and businesses and leaders and governments to deliver all of these services and the content that people need. …
Connecting the world, we really believe, is one of the fundamental challenges of our generation. And, you know, progress is going to be difficult here, and it’s not guaranteed. But, I think if we work together, we can really make a big impact on knocking down some of these barriers to connectivity both here in India and all over the world.
Zuckerberg also announced at the summit the Internet.org Innovation Challenge, a contest for app developers to create unique, localized content to help grow internet connectivity in rural parts of India. App developers from all over the world can submit ideas and apps that would benefit the day-to-day lives of farmers, women, migrant workers or students in India. Judges will include representatives from Facebook, Ericsson and Qualcomm. The winners will be announced at Mobile World Congress 2015, with a total of $1 million in prizes given out.