20 July 2018
Entries Open For The AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2018
Entries are now open for the fourth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards which celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa, showcasing the continents most innovative ventures in Cape Town.
The awards provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking with 300+ industry peers at the Awards party in Cape Town on November 12th on the eve of AfricaCom. Winners are also invited to Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019 to join 400+ tech leaders from across the continent.
The deadline for entries is September 7th, with the shortlisted finalists announced in October 2018. Award applications will be assessed by a team of expert judges who are selected based on their knowledge, influence and contribution to the improvement of technology and business in Africa.
Red Bull launches Basement entrepreneur programme in SA
Global energy drink company Red Bull has launched its Red Bull Basement programme in South Africa in a bid to encourage social innovation.
The company has already held the first of its Red Bull Basement Hatch events in Johannesburg as it looks to build a pipeline for the programme, which has social innovation at its heart.
Red Bull said that by combining social and technological ideas, collective and environmental problems can be solved. The Red Bull Basement is built around hacker residency, a makerspace with free workshops, monthly lectures, and an annual festival at the end of a two-month residency programme, a setup it believes will help guide and grow core innovative ideas from a prototype stage.
The residency will operate over two months, from September 1 to October 31, in Johannesburg. Those selected for the residency will have access to a state-of-the-art makerspace, which will include classes and mentorship sessions over the two-month period.