A long weekend followed by a very cool conference, what can be better than that? N2Y4 is coming soon, and I can’t wait. Here is the second part of the list of Mobile Challenge finalists begun yesterday. These are just a few of the many examples of how mobile is already changing our world in a radical way. IPeace is a safety open source mobile telephony platform and Web 2.0 platform to allow journalists, human rights activists, scientists and people to expose war crimes and human rights violation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was one of the top 10 finalists in the UC Berkeley Human Rights Mobile Challenge 2009 earlier this month.

target="_self">Local SMS Community Newsletter for Promotion of Self-Employment, based in India, promotes SMS-based free newsletters in every small locality to alert, inform, update local citizens with social, political, cultural, governmental information. What is truly innovative about this project is it is designed to help impoverished youth and high-school dropouts, who will be paid to manage the network at a local level.

PublicStuff bills itself as a Craigslist for local government interaction. Its vision is to enable people to connect directly with their local government in order to keep our elected leaders responsible and accountable to the needs in our local communities – 24/7.

SeeClickFix is a free mobile phone and web tool that allows citizens to report and document non-emergency issues to communicate them to those accountable for the public space. Issues that are reported through the website are recorded on a map for everyone to see and interact with. Anyone can receive email alerts on the issues based on a filter by geographical area and keyword.

Slave-Free is an anti-slavery branding initiative. Using cameras and cell-phones, consumers upload photos of the Slave-Free label held against the products they buy. Consumers can then click on the brands they use at chainstorereaction.com to send messages to companies demanding their products be Slave-Free.

The Extraordinaires is smartphone software that allows people to perform brief micro-volunteer tasks on their smartphones in a few minutes of spare time. Cutting volunteer time into small units will increase overall volunteerism, the group believes.

VozMob offers an open-source multi-media platform optimized for low-cost mobile phones that lets users create, share, and reflect on stories about their lives and communities. An academic-community partnership, the project brings together immigrant day laborers, scholars, software developers, and community organizers for participatory design, curriculum development, evaluation and research around this emerging media tool and its social impact.

Of course, there are several other challenges going on at the conference, so this is not an exhaustive list of all the progressive applications that will be featured at the conference.

N2Y4 is next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26-27 in San Jose.

By Mark Alvarez