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Africa App Quest Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa Developers

Another chance for the Kenyan developers to make names for themselves.  Africa App Quest, which is being sponsored by Visa and South African Tourism, challenges talented developers across Sub-Saharan Africa to build a home-grown travel app, specially designed for the tourism sector in Africa.

The Africa App Quest is built on the growing use of apps for travel and to capitalise on the continent’s growing popularity as a global tourist destination.

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Managing Director, Muriithi Ndegwa, said the Africa App Quest was a great opportunity for the Kenyan tech sector, “Kenya is widely known as one of Africa’s innovative hubs of application development. He further added: “In line with growing demands of the modern traveler, we have embraced e-tourism and recently launched our own mobile app at the just ended ITB 2013 in Berlin”.

Entries for the Africa App Quest can include anything from online safari guides and urban directories to game spotting and recording apps, online booking and shopping tools, or apps interpreting local cultures. Any application from an African company, that uses technology to improve and increase travel in Africa will be eligible.

The competition closes on the 16th of August 2013, after which the judges – including representatives from Visa, South African Tourism Board, Betapond (an approved Facebook developer), Kenya Tourism Board and Trip Advisor – will announce the three shortlisted entries. A representative for each of the shortlisted entries will be flown to the 6th Annual E- Tourism Africa Summit in Cape Townfor the final judging by the audience on the 9th and 10th of September 2013.  The winner of the Africa App Quest will receive a cash prize of US $10,000.

More information on the competition, rules and entry forms can be found at the website: or on the E-Tourism Frontiers Facebook page


East Africa: Dates for 2013 Demo Africa Announced

DEMO, world-renowned for launching today's most innovative and eye-opening technologies and companies, has announced the dates for the second annual DEMO Africa event to be held on 24-25 October 2013 in Nairobi. The event will launch 40 of the most innovative start-ups in Africa and highlight some of the best new technology innovations from across the continent.

A series of DEMO Africa innovation tours, investor roundtable workshops and a boot camp for the finalists have been planed ahead of the main event in October. Last year the DEMO Africa team held a series of innovation tour meet ups and three investor roundtables in Cape Town, Nairobi and Lagos. "We expect to visit more countries this year and have more engagement with the investor community," said Hare.

Applications will be handled by VC4Africa, a platform for showcasing African ventures and a trusted DEMO Africa partner. "We are now ready to receive applications for those high potential start-ups who want to be considered for launching at the DEMO Africa platform," added Ben White, a Founder of the VC4Africa network. To apply to launch at DEMO Africa go to the website here:


YALDA partners with Orange Botswana to ask youth to share their vision for Africa's

Orange Botswana is assisting the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) and Dutch NGO, Text-To-Change, with the 'Voice Africa's Future' campaign. This campaign asks the youth of Botswana to make their voices heard – through the use of cell phone technology – by stating what they want the next set of 'Millennium Development Goals' (MDGs) to tackle. The suggestions that they provide will be used by the United Nations to help shape the MDGs from 2015 onwards.

As Botswana is ranked second in Africa for mobile technology penetration – that is, a large percentage of people in Botswana have access to a cell phone – using SMS to give the youth a voice makes perfect sense! Orange Botswana takes pride in being the only mobile network operator in the country to be involved in this initiative.

The current MDGs were set by representatives from 189 countries across the world. These goals are:

    Eradicate extreme poverty
    Achieve universal primary education
    Promote gender equality and empower women
    Reduce child mortality
    Improve maternal health
    Combat HIV, malaria and other diseases
    Ensure environmental sustainability
    Global partnerships for development

However, with the deadline for these goals approaching, it is clear that they will not all be achieved.

For example, in Botswana, HIV continues to be a heavy burden on the healthcare system, increases child mortality rates and complicates maternal health. It is important that, while evaluating the current goals and building on their progress, new goals are set – and who better to guide these goals than the youth?

Orange Botswana will SMS its customers aged between 15 and 35 and ask them to join the campaign – free of charge - by SMSing "POST2015" to 15444. Participants will then be asked to state what their suggested goal is, followed by their age, gender and location.

This data will be collected and analysed, and the top suggested goals will be revealed. Participants will then be asked to rank the top goals in order of importance. This survey will be run in the concurrently in nine other countries, (Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Malawi and Zambia) making it a true Pan-African initiative.

The campaign will be launched on the 19th of April and will last one week. After analysis, the results will be revealed at the United Nations High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Framework.