Advocating open and inclusive digital innovation for development

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Marcel Heyne is a pioneering figure in the digital realm with over two decades of experience as an internet entrepreneur. Recognizing the transformative power of digital solutions in promoting global development, Marcel co-founded Audiopedia Foundation in 2016. This innovative platform is dedicated to bridging information gaps by providing accessible, audible knowledge in multiple languages, particularly targeting those in low literacy contexts.

Under Marcel's leadership, Audiopedia has emerged as a versatile and adaptable tool. Whether through solar-powered audio devices, web-apps, wifi hotspots, messenger services, or SD cards, it delivers critical health and societal education to remote corners of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Marcel's vision and efforts with Audiopedia have been globally recognized. In 2020, the platform clinched victory in the Smart Development Hack, a collaboration between the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Commission (EC). This accolade has accelerated Audiopedia's global outreach, bringing its transformative power to even more communities worldwide.

In 2022, marking another milestone, Audiopedia was audited and endorsed by the UNDP, earning a place in their prestigious Digital-X catalogue—a collection of groundbreaking digital solutions designed to further the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most recently, Audiopedia was chosen to be showcased at the SDG Digital Day as the definitive digital solution for SDG5, underscoring its impact and importance in the global development landscape.

Marcel is a fervent advocate for the role of open digital tools in advancing the SDGs. He perceives them as pivotal in facilitating digital transformation, especially within the Global South. With a commitment to grassroots empowerment, Marcel's overarching mission is to foster local innovation, ensuring the development and utilization of inclusive digital tools precisely where they're most needed.