10 - 11 May 2022
U.S.-Africa Tech Challenge
Seeking innovative responses to counter disinformation & propaganda in Africa
The U.S.-Africa Tech Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center, in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Nairobi, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Twitter, and Park Advisors and Disinfo Cloud.
About the challenge
The U.S.-Africa Tech Challenge is a multipart event bringing together organizations across sectors in search of sustainable solutions against disinformation.
The purpose of the U.S.-Africa Tech Challenge is to advance the development of promising technologies that offer innovative solutions to help expose, understand, and counter propaganda and disinformation within Africa. Eight organizations will present their solutions to an audience of government, civil society, and private sector stakeholders. Up to three winners will be selected and will receive funding totaling $250,000 USD.
The Tech Challenge will take place virtually in two parts. Part 1 will take place on April 28-29 where the eight selected organizations will be given up to 25 minutes to present their solution to a closed audience, followed by a 10-minute question and answer session with a panel of judges. Part 2 will be integrated into the East Africa Com agenda on May 11-12, 2021. It will provide participants an opportunity for virtual networking and partnership-building. The Tech Challenge winner(s) will be announced during a special showcase session on May 11.
Watch the video to learn more about how the U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center are looking to use this challenge to help develop and implement technologies locally in Africa to mitigate the spread of disinformation and propaganda across the continent.