Mobile applications maker OneLouder is handing over a $10,000 prize it won in a social media contest to better connect low-income neighborhoods to the Internet.
The company pledged the money toConnecting for Good
, an organization trying to make the ultra-broadband being brought to Kansas City by Google Inc. available to a wider audience.
Last week, Kansas City-basedOneLouder,
which makes apps for mobile phones and tablets, won the bracket-style Social Madness contest. The competition squared off firms head to head to see which could build their social media audiences fastest.
OneLouder won the small business category over 63 other companies.
the prize money to Connecting for Good, an organization that has struggled by on barely $1,000 since January.
“This is a major, major thing for us,” said Connecting for Good president Michael Liimatta.
The organization is exploring buying one-gigabit-per-secondGoogle Fiber
connections to make free Wi-Fi connections available, Liimatta said.
It’s also looking at offering online literacy courses modeled after aprogram
developed in Vermont.
OneLouder spokeswoman Erica Cohen said the company hopes the donation will spur efforts to make sure part of the community isn’t left behind as the rest of Kansas City jets ahead on Google’s light-speed network.
“It’s one thing to have Google Fiber for some people, but there’s still this need … to get people up and running on it,” she said.