Facebook brings its Internet.org Innovation Challenge to Africa

Facebook is launching the Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa, with the aim of recognising developers and entrepreneurs who are using the internet to improve the standard of education and economic health in their communities. Developers across Africa are invited to enter the challenge.
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Facebook will present an Innovation Challenge Award of $150 000 to the app, website or service judged to be the best in two categories: learning/education and economic empowerment.

Each Innovation Challenge Award winner will also receive a package of tools and services worth up to $60 000 from Facebook’s FbStart programme. Two apps, websites or services in each category will receive an Impact Award prize in the amount of $50 000.

Connecting people across growth economies

This follows the success of Facebook’s Internet.org Innovation Challenge in India, an award designed to recognise people making the internet more relevant for women, students, farmers and migrant workers in India. Facebook awarded prizes to services working on these challenges in India, where it was inspiring to see the range of entrepreneurship devoted to improving people's lives.

“The Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa supports our vision of a connected world by recognising those who are working on solutions that aim to improve education and economic health of communities in Africa,” says Ime Archibong, director of strategic partnerships at Facebook. “We’re looking forward to seeing how African developers are providing real value for their communities. By connecting people and empowering them with access to services and information, we can help them achieve extraordinary things and help them to enhance their lives.”

The details of the awards

The awards are open to developers of apps, websites and online services that provide real value to African communities under the following pillars:

    Learning/education (apps, websites or online services that make use of technology to inspire and deliver learning); and
    Economic empowerment (apps, websites or online services that help to advance the economic strength and ability of communities).

All entries must be received by Sunday, 1 May 2016. Winners will be announced in August/September 2016.

For more information, visit the website.

Kalahari Awards for Remittance and Mobilemoney Innovations Now Open For Entries.

The 6th Kalahari awards, Africa’s remittance and mobile financial services industry’s leading platform for innovation, is now open for online entry.

The Kahalari award is established and dedicated to acknowledging creativity, commitment and excellence in the remittance and mobile financial services ecosystem in Africa since 2001. Winners will be announced at the 6th Remittance & MobileMoney Expo in Lagos, Nigeria on 02 – 03 February 2016.

Award entry is open to all stakeholders in the remittance services industry with at least one active deployment or on-going partnerships in the Africa market. It is open to remittance providers, financial institutions, mobilemoney providers, micro finance entities, mobile network operators, independent firms, card processors and others.

The awards are decided by an independent panel of expert judges, based on a number of criteria including geographic market penetration, ongoing evidence of commercial campaigns, regulatory compliance where necessary, cross sector partnerships, active deployments and future potentials for further growth.

Entries are free and can be submitted directly to the website
All entries must be received by 6pm (GMT), 15 December, 2015.