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Africa 50 Innovation Challenge

Africa50 launches its innovation challenge to help increase access to the internet in Africa.

Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, launched the first edition of its Innovation Challenge at the Transform Africa Summit holding in Kigali, 14 - 17 May 2019. Through this initiative, Africa50 will crowdsource innovative solutions to help increase access to high-speed internet in under-served areas in Africa.

The call is open for ICT developers, innovators, engineers, entrepreneurs to submit workable solutions, via an online platform, to be assessed by the Africa50 investment team and its partners. The winning solutions will receive cash prizes and/or will be considered for project development funding. Projects will be rolled-out in Rwanda as the pilot country, with the objective to scale them up to other countries in Africa.

Individuals and organisations with a strong passion for developing innovative solutions are encouraged to apply. Submitted solutions to the Challenge will be reviewed by a group of experts in ICT, investment, and international development. Finalists will be invited to present their solutions at AfricaCom in November 2019 in Cape Town.

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Code for Cape Town

In order to address the economic development and social empowerment in Africa, we have partnered with Code for Cape Town for a second year to help shape Africa's digital future by confronting relevant social issues such as digital inclusion. 

The multi-award winning Code for Cape Town selects girls from schools, based on creative test, from underprivileged areas and teaches them to code. 

The charity will have a prime position within the technology event AfricaTech, an event of AfricaCom, providing a platform for girls to tell their own stories about their background, why they love coding and how their passion and newfound talent is shaping their futures. VIPs and our C-suite audience will gain direct access to the girls to discuss potential opportunities for them, addressing the diversity needs in tech. 

Code for Cape Town will also use this platform to educate our delegates about the current imbalances in the industry, both pertaining to the number of females in STEM careers as well as the social disadvantages that can further aggravate this statistic in the country. 

Mellon Educate

Mellon Educate's Building Blitz will be available for groups of companies/colleagues/friends to sign-up to at AfricaCom. 

Mellon Educate is a volunteer-led charity offering corporate teams as well as individuals volunteers the unique opportunity to participate in a seven day school Building Blitz each November. 

This year, their Building Blitz is being held in Mfuleni Township, Cape Town, 16 - 23 November, just after the close of AfricaCom. 

The Building Blitz provides an incredible learning experience where individuals can develop unique skills in a very different environment, great team building skills, the opportunity to meet townships inhabitants in their own homes to see the challenges they face and potential networking with other companies taking part.