Virtual Connectivity

Crossing borders digitally

 

Closing the gap

Flexiroam Africa closes the digital divide with a pioneering connectivity solution

The Covid-19 pandemic has cast a spotlight on global inequalities in access to the internet. Many people in developing nations have no access to data or devices. This excludes them from the online world. By partnering with global organisations, Flexiroam Africa offers a connectivity solution for virtual events to ensure equity and accessibility amongst delegates.

Many delegates who received data and/or mobile device packages from Flexiroam had zero or very limited prior access to data. Now with access to this technology, these individuals have the opportunity to continue to be connected digitally worldwide.

Emily T. Blitz, Conferences Director
International Aids Society
Geneva, Switzerland

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How it works

Closing the digital divide

 

Flexiroam Africa partners with your organisation to provide online access to resource limited donor funded scholarship delegates to participate in your virtual event.

CONNECTIVITY SOLUTION

 

A preloaded Flexiroam data SIM card and where needed an affordable device are shipped to your scholarships delegates worldwide.

INCLUSION

 

Connecting to the virtual event via Flexiroam’s global network of partners, your scholarship delegate is able to access the online event content with full support from our Flexiroam Africa team.

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The International AIDS Conference is the world’s largest conference on HIV. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 conference pivoted from a physical conference to an entirely online event. The International AIDS Society needed a partner to help address the digital accessibility divide and support the connectivity needs of their scholarship recipients for a virtual conference and approached Flexiroam Africa for a solution.

Flexiroam Africa shipped smartphone devices and preloaded Flexiroam SIM cards to 1 000 delegates in 99 countries. The team also provided a dedicated Help Desk for several months while the AIDS2020:Virtual content was available on the conference platform.
Visit www.aids2020.org, youtu.be/LAsy4MjhmKk

The annual Virology Education paediatrics workshop is the only HIV meeting devoted to research in prevention and treatment for infants, children and adolescents.

On referral from the International AIDS Society, Virology Education, a medical education company based in The Netherlands, approached Flexiroam Africa to provide connectivity support for their scholarship delegates.

Flexiroam Africa provided preloaded SIM cards to delegates to take part in HIV Paediatrics and ran a dedicated connectivity Help Desk to support participants. Read more: academicmedicaleducation.com

The HIV Research for Prevention Conference (HIVR4P) organized by the International AIDS Society was held virtually on 27 & 28 January and 3 & 4 February 2021.

HIVR4P fosters interdisciplinary knowledge-exchange on HIV vaccines, microbicides, PrEP, treatment as prevention and biomedical interventions as well as their related social and behavioural implications.
The International AIDS Society once again partnered with Flexiroam Africa to provide accessibility support to their scholarship delegates from Africa. Smartphone devices and preloaded Flexiroam SIM cards were shipped to delegates across 7 African countries. Read more: www.hivr4p.org

The annual INTEREST Conference from Virology Education is a scientific conference for HIV in Africa and brings together scientists involved in HIV treatment, pathogenesis, and prevention research from around the world.

Flexiroam Africa connected scholarship delegates from Africa and elsewhere to the conference by providing preloaded data SIM cards and supporting delegates via a dedicated Help Desk. Read more: interestworkshop.org

key platform that brings together researchers, youth and other stakeholders working with adolescents affected by and living with HIV.

Flexiroam Africa provided connectivity support to the group of scholarship delegates by shipping Flexiroam SIM cards preloaded with data with dedicated support from the Help Desk. Read more: academicmedicaleducation.com

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Testimonial

“The connectivity project had to be completed in only ten weeks. Even with the short
timeline, Jackie was determined to meet each deadline at every step. She demonstrated
incredible leadership in envisioning a project beyond the scope of any other entrepreneur or
organization our team met with to discuss the potential of this project. While others came up
with limited solutions, Jackie went above and beyond in finding creative solutions to
individually source and provide data packages in each of the different countries and
continents where our delegates needed access, including over 500 delegates from the
African continent.

While this particular project was created to provide connectivity for our delegates to
meaningfully participate in AIDS 2020: Virtual, this project has the potential to expand far
beyond its initial scope. Already, there has been an interest by other international institutions
who have lauded this project as an example of what future virtual events and organizations
must do in order to ensure equity and accessibility for the foreseeable future. Many
delegates who received data and/or mobile device packages from Flexiroam had zero or
very limited prior access to data. Now with access to this technology, these individuals have
the opportunity to continue to be connected digitally worldwide.

Jackie has been an invaluable partner and leader in helping us to pilot this incredibly
innovative project. Without her and her Flexiroam team, we would not have been able to
provide digital connectivity and accessibility to almost 1 000 delegates most in need of
support."

Emily T Blitz
Director, Conferences
International AIDS Society

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