The Gaon Ki Awaaz has been shortlisted in the mNews and Journalism category for the 2010 mBillionth award instituted by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).

The award has been instituted for projects that best fulfil the category criteria, which is: “Use of Mobile and complementing applications and embedded services for (multi-lingual) news broadcasting in all possible media format like text, audio, video, SMS, MMS, etc.; Reaching masses and enabling people with mobile devices for citizen journalism for local and regional news through interactive applications like twitter, facebook, and other web 2.0 mobile enabled applications including Mobile 2.0 dynamic media technology applications.”

According to a mail received from the DEF, the mBilionth Committee chose the project from the 200 nominations that were received under the different categories. The nominations came from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Maldives.

The awards Grand Jury met in Colombo last week to choose the final winners. Their names will be announced in New Delhi on July 23, 2010.