Last updated: February 13, 2012 - 9:00am
Two years ago, when international aid groups rushed to help earthquake-ravaged Haiti, little did they expect that one of the greatest needs would be for an Internet connection. Tech-savvy social enterprise Inveneo, quickly recognized that connectivity would be key for these organizations to coordinate efforts. Within a week, and with the help of Ekta Foundation and Net Hope, Inveneo set up a network for relief workers to communicate and more efficiently deliver water, food, shelter and medical services. Google.org took note and supported Inveneo with a $182,000 grant as the group's workers stayed in Haiti to build a broadband network amid the destruction, partnering with Haitian technology companies and training local talent to maintain and service it after everyone left.