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Proudly supporting Africa 50 Innovation Challenge, Code for Cape Town and Mellon Educate

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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

No conversation about innovation and technology can exclude the topic of education and skills. We have partnered with CodeSpace for a second year to actively prioritise AfricaCom’s contribution to skills development in Africa.

CodeSpace is training the next generation of South African coders and technologists, ensuring that young South Africans are prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The education institution works with South African schools to bring coding and robotics to high schoolers and trains post matriculants with work ready skills.

As part of the conference, CodeSpace will be hosting an innovation challenge for students and young professionals. Finalists will present their ideas on the AHUB stage as part of the conference agenda, and stand a chance to win a cash prize and support to develop their innovative ideas. Delegates have the opportunity to engage with the teams as mentors, allowing for sharing of ideas and expertise during the event.

CodeSpace’s booth will occupy a prime position within the technology event AfricaTech, an event of AfricaCom. At the booth delegates will be able to roll up their sleeves and learn about Arduino robotics.

AfricaCom marks the launch of a global charity campaign to raise funds for CodeSpace’s scholarship funds that ensure that young women are increasingly entering the tech industry. Delegates get first access to sign ups to a charity dinner, and can find out at the booth how they can contribute to the cause.

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.