EU: Africa The Post Crisis Journey

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    www.euafricathejourney.com

    We are inviting you to hop on board on a journey towards a true digital transformation of Africa and Europe- EU : Africa The Post Crisis Journey! #euafricathejourney ⛵️🌍


    ❓WHY

    Today’s virus influenced world is uncertain and dynamic. It is clear to everyone, that the life that we have lived until the outbreak of COVID-19 does not just bounce back to the way it was. It is important to start with new and creative approaches to deal with the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has given us an insight on. Build new projects. Think bigger. It is in our hands to jumpstart the economy by using decades of innovation in a supportive and inclusive way while being tough and smart, united, and disciplined.


    ❓WHAT

    EU : Africa The Post Crisis Journey is an African-European online hackathon program to find innovative solutions to socio-economic problems that have been further escalated by the outburst of the COVID-19 pandemic. All the challenges tackled in this program are put together in collaboration with the African Union and Smart Africa and are in line with the Africa-Europe Digital Economy Partnership Report and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


    We are looking for your inspiring and innovative ideas in the following 11 topic areas:


    Education ⎮ Food security ⎮ Job Security ⎮ Vulnerable Populations ⎮ Health & Wellness ⎮ Financial Services ⎮ Big Data ⎮ Cyber Security ⎮Smart Cities⎮Job Security ⎮ Financial Services ⎮ Cyber Security⎮ Digital Economy ⎮ e-Governance⎮ Smart Cities


    🌍 NOT JUST A HACKATHON 🌍

    The program is open for ready-made teams and individuals. We aim to engage 10,000 passionate tech-savvy and socially conscious problem solvers, 300 mentors, and 500 community organizations across Africa and Europe. To give a new dimension to the African-European partnership, we facilitate several matchmaking sessions prior to the hackathon to put together teams that are composed of both African and European participants.


    Our mission is to go beyond a simple hackathon- winning teams will get their hands on 100 000€ prize fund (and growing!), develop their prototypes further in the follow-up program of the hackathon, and implement their world-changing ideas in real life.


     The program is divided into the following steps.


    🌍 REGISTRATION 🌍

    The program will be open for both team and individual applications. You can submit your idea on the following topics


    Education | Food security | Job Security | Vulnerable Populations | Health & Wellness | Financial Services | Big Data | Cyber Security | Smart Cities in Africa | Job Security | Financial Services | Cyber Security | Digital Economy | e-Governance |Smart Cities


    If you wish to participate, but don’t have an idea on your own, you can register anyway and you can find yourself a team in the matchmaking sessions!


    🌍WE ARE LOOKING FOR 🌍

    Passionate project managers and idea owners, developers, designers, business developers, marketing gurus, and field experts on education, health, human resources, ethics and human rights, green tech and sustainability, governance, digital economy, cybersecurity, and data. If you have a special skill that isn’t listed here and you feel like you could make a difference- you are more than welcome to register


    👉 Read more about the program and get to know the challenges:

    www.euafricathejourney.com

    👉Register now https://eventornado.com/event/eu-africa-the-post-crisis-journey#home


    🌍 IDEA SELECTION & TEAM FORMATION MATCHMAKING SESSIONS 🌍

    Only the best and most relevant ideas get accepted. Team formation will happen prior to the hackathon, on a special, matchmaking platform. TOP ideas and all the individuals without the team will be invited for a facilitated matchmaking session to pitch their ideas and meet their future team-mates. As a bonus, speakers will provide inspiration and share the hackathon’s tips and tricks.


     During the matchmaking sessions two main things will happen:


    ✔︎ an individual participant, you will get to know the ideas that have been submitted so far and join with the team whose idea inspires you the most.

    ✔︎ as an idea owner, you will get a chance to introduce your idea and interact with your possible future teammates and ask them to join your team


    Teams selected to enter the competition will be announced on December 7. Teams will receive an e-mail with a complete set of instructions to get ready for the craziest 72-hour online hacking marathon.


    🌍 ONLINE HACKATHON 🌍

    Fully online,intensive 72-hour hackathon where ideas will be developed into a prototype through well-coordinated checkpoints, intensive work, and through the support of the top-notch mentors. It’s also worth a mention, that the prize pool for the winning ideas is 100 000 euros !


    🏆🏆PRIZES!🏆🏆

    Winner 20 000€

    2nd place 15 000€

    3rd place 10 000€

    4th place 5000€

    5th place 5000€

    6th place 2000€

    7th place 2000€

    8th place 2000€

    9th place 2000€

    10th place 2000€

    Plus: 3000€ for each of the category winners!

    🌍 MATCHMAKING & POST HACKATHON SUPPORT 🌍

    Post-hackathon matchmaking event to put the teams together with all the help they need to move further and bring the solution developed during the hackathon into real life. This would bring together all the teams, who seek further help, policymakers, impact organizations, industry experts, accelerators, and investors.


    Post-hackathon mentoring program from the mentors of the hackathon to help the teams to overcome any possible roadblocks. Post-hackathon mentoring is a fully online program that begins right after the hackathon and lasts approximately 6 weeks.


    ❓Yes. The topics that are tackled on the hackathon are absolutely massive and you might ask yourself:


    “HOW WILL I MAKE A DIFFERENCE”🧐


    Well, you can. By planting your tiny, perhaps still in the seed stage idea into the soil right now 🌱, you can accelerate the development of a truly digital society and boost the economic growth on both continents. It might seem like a huge and daunting mission, but the key is to start now.


    So one more time. Take a moment, get to know the challenges and submit your idea. Even in an era where it’s nearly impossible to travel, we will promise you a journey of a lifetime! 🌍⛵️🧡


    👉 Read more about the program and get to know the challenges:

    www.euafricathejourney.com


    👉Register now- https://eventornado.com/event/eu-africa-the-post-crisis-journey#home

    The program is put together in collaboration with Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Development Cooperation and African Union, Irish Aid, Luxembourg Aid and Development, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Polish Aid, Garage48, and Smart Africa.


    👉Join the Facebook Event



    20 October 

     Registration opens  - sign up as an individual or with the team, with or without the idea
    27th of November- extended deadline to post your idea!

    28 November

    Team formation Event One- online matchmaking sessions

    5 December

    Team formation Event Part Two - online matchmaking sessions

    7 December-  The list of the Teams that enter the online hackathon competition announced

    10-13 December- Online Hackathon

    15 January - Post-hackathon matchmaking event to put the

    teams together with all the help they need to move further and bring the solution developed

    during the hackathon into real life.

    January, February- Post-hackathon follow-up program- implement your idea in real life



    Education

    Many children received no education after schools closed all across the continent in March 2020 and a lot of the children had no instructions, feedback, or interaction with their teachers.

    Some classes were taught over radio or television, but the program was standardized for everyone and therefore too difficult to understand for the younger learners. While edtech solutions brought some good ideas into the remote-education world, they relied on technologies that many families didn’t have the access to.

    The other problem was poor and expensive data connectivity, which made students prioritize the educational material they downloaded to more complex topics like science or math. Studying independently caused a lot of stress and anxiety to the students- when the contact with the school community disappeared- students felt alone and without any support to navigate through this difficult journey.
    It’s clear that education remains as one of the top priorities in the continent with the youngest population in the whole world - over 200 million people are aged between 15 and 24. In a continent where the quality of education varies a lot, eventually everyone had to find a way for distance learning.

    • Platforms and programs to educate the teachers and teach them digital skills
    • Quality ICT education resources and systems to teach students the skills needed to thrive in the actual rapid changing labor market
    • Access to learning tools to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by digitization
    • Tools that help the students and teachers to cope with the emotional stress of distance learning
    • Programs to ease the digital divide
    • Programs to help girls, who face unique barriers to continuing to follow formal education from a distance

    Food Security

    In Africa, recent estimates suggest that 73 million people are acutely food insecure. Furthermore, since last year, African regions, particularly the Sahel and southern Africa, have been severely affected by climate change (UNCTAD)


    Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, these chronic food crises have been driven by a variety of factors, including economic shocks, climate, and conflict. A regional slump in food production and a fall in global demand may prolong the negative effects of COVID-19, with poverty and food insecurity expected to continue to rise in 2021.


    In the long term, it is critical that countries take the steps to build resilient, climate-smart, and competitive food systems. Increasing the productivity of agricultural systems; it also aims to diversify agriculture by supporting the development of other value chains.


    Ideas we are looking for:

    • Pre-organized food distribution systems for a door-to-door distribution to avoid public gatherings

    • Distribution systems of seeds for future harvests to help households that may go hungry due to COVID-19

    • Mobile payment mechanisms to distribute compensation for vulnerable households

    • Other creative ideas on how to provide the food for those in need

    • Agtech solutions that increase productivity and diversify agriculture. Solutions to transform the delivery of inputs, soil testing, crop insurance, credit, extension advice, and market linkages

    • Solutions which help all food producers, smallholder and commercial farmers alike, adopt sustainable practices to become more climate-smart and therefore protect the entire ecosystem upon which human food production depends


    Job Security

    Historically, women, young people and low skilled workers have always been more harmed by recessions than highly skilled and educated people (who also had the chance to take lot of their tasks online during the lockdown in Spring 2020). The report published by African Union predicts that nearly 20 million jobs both in the formal and informal sectors, are threatened. Africa is demographically the world’s youngest continent. By 2030, one fifth of the global labour force – and nearly one third of the global youth labour force – will be from this region. While 10 to 12 million youth enter the workforce each year, only 3 million formal jobs are created.COVID-19 pandemic is likely to accelerate this trend even more. Large youth unemployment – associated with socioeconomic inequalities and corruption – is also a driver for instability and national insecurity.


    Ideas we are looking for:

    • Develop inclusive business models that facilitate young people’s transition to the formal economy

    • Unformal ICT education for the young people to learn the skills that are often needed to apply for a higher quality and more stable positions

    • Tools to help young people train their “soft skills” to survive in today’s job market

    • Other creative ideas!


    Vulnerable Populations

    Vulnerability is a hard to grasp concept. On October 19, 2005 all UN member states adopted a Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (UNESCO, 2005). The declaration represented a first attempt to develop a global normative framework for bioethics. The declaration defined vulnerable individuals and groups, proclaimed "human vulnerability" as a basic principle of bioethics, and stated that vulnerable individuals and groups must receive adequate protection in the development and application of medical, scientific and technological knowledge. There are many circumstances that make the individuals or groups vulnerable, but the main ones are considered to be disease, disability, other personal conditions, environmental conditions and limited resources.


    COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. Many of the vulnerable people have also been most affected by job losses and the resulting income loss. The loss of jobs and income is likely to result in the reduced ability to access healthcare and a nutritious diet. This, in turn, will negatively impact people's health. Vulnerable groups have also hard time coping with the social distancing and using the other protective measures to prevent them from the virus, making them more likely to get sick.


    While many of the hackathon ideas we are looking for could contribute to making the lives better for everyone, under this track, we invite you to come up with the ideas that could make the difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.


    We are looking for ideas that could bring a positive impact in the lives of :

    • Children- children affected by AIDS, orphans, children affected by the violence and exploitation, street children

    • Pregnant women- more than ⅔ of the world’s maternal deaths happen in sub-Saharan Africa. The leading cause of maternal deaths is inadequate access to quality care during pregnancy or delivery or after birth.

    • Elderly people- diseases, poverty, age and gender discrimination for elderly women  

    • Those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and those with other chronic health conditions

    • Refugees - digital ID for refugees, refugees access to mobile services in creative ways, mobile financial services at refugee camps and mobile enabled services that work on low data or without data

    • Economically disadvantaged groups- People suffering under poverty: poor housing, homelesness, malnourishment


    Health and Wellness

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inadequacies in health systems of many countries globally. In Africa, the same exposure of health system weaknesses is unravelling as in the rest of the world, but there is another dimension: how the responses and recovery trajectories beyond the pandemic intertwine with development realities. The strategies that have proved effective elsewhere which include testing, tracing, adopting and enforcing social distancing, timeous decision-making to stop economies from free-falling, and engagement of the private sector are harder to adapt due to historical and contemporary development realities of inequality.


    Still, COVID-19 has so far taught countries that there is no need to ‘reinvent the wheel’ of measures to deploy, but to tailor them to national and local contexts.Health is the main focus at the moment all around the world as the economic recovery relies heavily on protecting the public health and stopping the spread of the COVID-19.


    Ideas we are looking for

    • Adequate information sharing

    • Ways to adapt the existing effective strategies in different countries across the continent

    • Coordinated systems to prioritize testing

    • Tracking systems

    • Adopting and enforcing social distancing

    • Assisting people who become sick

    • Health in public places


    Financial Services

    Across the continent, fintech isn’t so much disrupting traditional financial services as building up a historically underdeveloped industry and driving financial inclusion outside the traditional banking systems. In recent years, Africa has witnessed impressive gains in the development of digital financial services (DFS) for financial inclusion.


    By creating a pool of tech-based products and solutions, that focus strongly on including and catering as much people as possible, including mobile money (now used in over 30 countries across the continent), online payment processing, lending, and investing, the fintech startups are plugging large gaps that exist in local financial service industries. In a bid to curb the spread of the virus, the World Health Organisation has been cautioning against the use of hard currency and encouraging the use of digital payments. Even with all the fintech solutions, it is still a challenge in a continent, where around 66% of the adult population in Africa remains unbanked.  

    Could the coronavirus pandemic provide the trigger that pushes Africa towards becoming a digital economy? What pre-existing conditions have become the crucial building blocks that will foster this?


    Ideas we are looking for

    • Fintech ideas that encourage the use of mobile money and digital wallets for peer to peer, implement cross- border payment solutions

    • Peer to peer lending platforms

    • Solutions that foster seamless intra-Africa trade that will make it easier for everyday Africans to conveniently and affordably access financial services and for consumers and businesses to make and accept payments with fewer hoops

    • Solutions to encourage online merchant payments to service the essential business transactions

    • Creative lending practices for SME’s (encourage reduction of rates, refocusing on capital loans with a max duration of a year to offer bridge financing to SME’s and micro enterprises, etc)

    • Creative loan practices for investment loans

    • Mobilization of public funds to compensate for damage suffered as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak


     Big Data

    The coronavirus pandemic has spurred interest in big data to track the spread of the virus and to plan disease prevention efforts. Data sources like the mobile networks’ call data records, location update logs, social media updates will be of great use in these times. Mobile-phone data already showed effectiveness during the 2014–2016 Western African Ebola crisis.


    Ideas we are looking for:

    • Tracking people’s mobility patterns to find allocate and predict the spreading points of the virus

    • Tracking COVID-19 positive patients and quarantined people’s movements, associations and activities

    • Gathering aggregated insights into people’s behaviors

    • Anonymizing the data that is used to track movements to prevent breaching data privacy rights of the subjects


    Cyber Security

    Africa has always been prone to cyber-related threats due to the high number of domains paired with weak network and information security. In Africa, Nigeria remains the largest target and source of malicious Internet activities. It is known to be one of the primary origins of scam and phishing emails and other online fraud schemes.  


    In major African cities, such as Cairo, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Nairobi, the rate of cyber connected disturbances, such as fraudulent financial transactions and child kidnappings, especially in Kenya, facilitated through Internet communications has doubled in the past three years. A 2019 Deloitte Touche survey found that financial institutions in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia had registered losses of up to $245 million due to cyber fraud, a high sum for countries without highly developed banking systems.


    Cybercriminals have taken advantage of COVID-19 related disruptions (remote work, instability) to stage attacks on small and large business entities all over the world. A survey commissioned by Liquid Telecom in August 2020 revealed that 57 percent of network managers in Africa reported a spike in cyber threats as the continent struggled with COVID-19 pandemic.

    Ideas we are looking for:

    • Set up tracking, detecting and taking down the fake news on all platforms. Detecting the misinformation and synthetic media (deep fakes, synthetic images, voices)
    • Improving counter-messaging and automated fact-checking.
    • Map existing national and regional data privacy and protection (policies, regulations, promotion and enforcement mechanism) in relation to e-trade, digital industry, e-business, digital entrepreneurship, e-business registration, e-investment and e-service providers across Africa, and identify points of alignment and divergence (Smart Africa Senegal Flagship). Conclusions for best practices.

    • Protecting personal data. Anonymization of personal data that is used for tracking people’s trajectories or monitoring health

    • Fights against cyber attacks and malware targeted against corporate organizations and

    • Contingency plans in place to boost the organization’s cyber resilience

    • Protecting smartphones against cyber attacks

    • Monitoring and defending national networks to make African countries less vulnerable to cyberespionage and cyberterrorism

    • Using ICT to detect and track terrorism attacks across Africa in the planning phase

    • Cybersecurity legal frameworks to fight cybercrime

    • Education initiatives on Internet safety and security to tackle the issues of child protection and social security in general

    • Education programs on ICT-related security issues for stakeholders (ICT regulators, law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, end-users)


    Digital Economy

    As a continent with the youngest population of the whole world and a constant lack of jobs for the young people who enter the job market, Africa has to focus on building a strong ecosystem that supports homegrown firms to generate world-class products and services which help to widen and deepen digital economic transformation. Almost 80% of the region’s employment is created by small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s), meaning entrepreneurs of the continent should be supported by governments and proper infrastructure to enable economic growth.


    In order to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and encourage building the digital economy, we are looking for the following ideas


    • Startup and innovation ecosystem building projects, with a special focus on connecting the different regions in the continent

    • e-Services

    • eCommerce and digital trade as the bloodstream of digital economy at the national, cross-border and continental levels

    • Innovation-driven entrepreneurship projects

    • Creative economy

    • Digital society: this includes agriculture, education and health sector solutions

    • Other creative ideas


    e-Governance

    While Africa has made good progress on catching up with most of the e-services with more than half of the Africans having some sort of a digital id card, the continent is still lagging behind in adopting e-governance practices. A big cross-cutting problem is the lack of internet - UN estimates that only 22% of the African population has access to the internet.


    E-governance is important, since developing it will improve the economy of all countries on the continent, reduce corruption and help to engage citizens more actively in the decision making process.

    E-developments inspire African entrepreneurs to come up with new solutions that are fine-tuned to match the needs of the African market and that will give a remarkable boost to the local economy.


    Ideas we are looking for

    - Develop good guidelines and tools for building e-states

    - Creating digital public service platforms and platforms which support providing governance-related services digitally

    - e-Participation as a tool for engagement and strengthened collaboration between governments and citizen

    - Digital market for Africa- with products and services accessible easily throughout the   continent

    - Data-driven public policies and decision-making (big data, AI, IoT, blockchain )

    - Mobile Government: challenges, opportunities and establishing proper standards

    - Legally binding digital ID and eSignature- eID

    Smart Cities

    The urbanization rate of the African continent has increased from 15% to 40% between 1960

    and 2010, and is expected to reach 60% in 2050. The urban population in Africa will triple

    over the next 50 years. This is an unprecedented demographic boom that is accompanied by an increase in challenges for governments in terms of housing, food, access to water, transport, waste management, and energy supply. Africa must take advantage of this rapid growth of urban citizens to overcome its difficulties through better management of its cities.

    The concept of the smart city is to better manage African cities and meet the challenges of exponential urbanization.

    Smart Villages in Africa is a relatively new concept, which looks to address complex problems of continuing poverty, inequality and marginalization through fresh approaches and digital transformation in rural villages. For the digital transformation to be effective, there is a need to shift from traditional technology-centric, siloed, supply-side approaches, to demand-driven approaches.


    Ideas we are looking for

    • Water conservation and quality

    • Controlling and reducing air pollution

    • Waste management solutions

    • Traffic congestion and pollution, route planners for public transportation

    • Creating urban green spaces and gardens

    • Remaining biodiversity

    • Planning a city's infrastructure

    • Involving residents - sharing the smart city initiatives with the people, who live in the city so they are more aware of what’s happening and could be involved in some of the activities

    • The use of data from all the local stakeholders - governments, residents, and businesses for better decision making

    • Smart Villages - step by step guide to designing an SDG-smart rural village, creating SDG related services, which citizens can have access anytime, anywhere via mobile devices


    I am new to a hackathon. What is it and how does it work?

    Garage48 hackathon is a bulletproof format, where ideas get built into prototypes with teamwork and mentoring support. EU:Africa The Post Crisis Journey will be a 72-hour hackathon. The organizing team guides you through all the steps of the hackathon from idea submission to mentoring and final presentations to the jury for selecting winners.

    The best ideas are selected and announced on December 7 and Garage48 team will send a letter to all the chosen teams with complete instructions on how the hackathon process will look like. We will let everyone who didn’t make it know as well.

    Follow the event information and agenda for idea submission: https://www.euafricathejourney.com/ 


    When is the deadline to submit my idea?

    The deadline to submit your idea is on the 15th of November

    What kind of ideas are expected?

    We’re welcoming ideas aimed at solving the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis and its socio-economic aftermath. The intent of this hackathon is to develop ideas that are prototypeable in 72-hours which could help solve the crisis.

    11 challenge areas tackled in this program are put together in collaboration with African Union and Smart Africa and are in line with the Africa-Europe Digital Economy Partnership Report and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

     

    Education ⎮ Food security ⎮ Job Security ⎮ Vulnerable Populations ⎮ Health & Wellness ⎮ Financial Services ⎮ Big Data ⎮ Cyber Security ⎮Smart Cities⎮Job Security ⎮ Financial Services ⎮ Cyber Security⎮ Digital Economy ⎮ e-Governance⎮ Smart Cities


    Can I join if I’m not a developer, UX/UI designer, or an engineer?

    Of course! You can join with a variety of skills - whether you just an idea owner with a great vision or a specialist in any of the 11 challenge areas the program is tackling.


    How can I participate?

    1. Click “Participate” at the hackathon platform and sign up or sign in with your social media profile. You do not need a password- an email address is enough and the sign-in link will be e-mailed to you https://eventornado.com/event/eu-africa-the-post-crisis-journey#home

    2. Look at the challenges click “Post Idea” to submit your idea to the hackathon

    Watch the Participant Video Tutorial of Eventornado if you are still struggling with questions like how to participate.


    Can I submit several ideas?

    We strongly suggest you to choose one idea and prepare your idea submission and team as thoroughly as possible - do research, talk to people, involve additional experts in your team, and make a plan for what you’re gonna build in the 72 hours.

    Can I submit an idea as an individual?

    Yes, of course, all the ideas are signed up by individuals, you have to add your team members later to your idea, to form a team. If you know you are missing some needed roles to work with your idea during the hackathon, we strongly advise you to put your network to work and find the missing skill-set and expertise. While we let you sign up your idea as an individual participant, if your idea gets chosen, you have to put together a team before being able to compete at the hackathon (see also rules for team submission)

    Rules for team submission

    The minimum number of participants in the team is 3. The maximum number of team members is 10. While we let you sign up your idea as an individual participant, if your idea gets chosen, you have to put together a team before being able to compete at the hackathon.

    The rules to submit the team are the following:

    Each team should consist of a minimum of the following:

    • Idea owner who will take the role of the team lead (coordinating, project management)

    • Developer

    • Designer (UX/UI)An engineer, if an idea execution requires it (optional)

    More important than the rules given by us, is for you to make sure that all the skills that are necessary to turn your idea into a prototype during the 72 hours are covered.

    Please note that all the team members have to register for the hackathon as individuals as well- only after that they can be added to an existing team.

    When do you announce the teams that will compete at the hackathon on the 10-13 of December?

    After you submit your team and your idea, the selected team of mentors will go over each application one by one. We will announce the top 150 teams that will enter the competition on December 7!

    How does team formation happen if I’m applying as a solo participant?

    If you are a solo applicant at the time of the idea submission, start working on gathering a team with the needed expertise to build your idea into a prototype. Put your own, your friends & family, colleagues networks to use to gather your team.

    We will also have two online matchmaking sessions on November 28 and December 5, where you will be able to meet with other teams and participants to put together a team. Links will be shared on the event’s Facebook page, so make sure to follow that for the most up-to-date news!

    How can I update my idea submission?

    You can update it anytime on Eventornado before the 28th of November. After that, we will start evaluating ideas. We will evaluate your idea submission once. Put as much thought and effort into your idea submission as possible - do research, talk to people, involve additional experts in your team, and make a plan for what you’re gonna build in the 72 hours.

    What are the evaluation criteria for my idea?

    • proposed problem matches with the topic and the problem are specific enough to be tackled at the hackathon

    • description of the solution is clear and solves the problem well

    •  the solution has a potential for big impact and the possibility to make a real change in its beneficiaries lives

    • the team is formed and includes all required skills

    Who will own my idea?

    The developed product's IP remains the property of the team, who is participating in the program. If any outside party (investors, other companies, governmental organizations) wishes to proceed and acquire the prototype developed during the hackathon, a mutual agreement must be reached and an agreement between both parties must be signed about the IP.

    The organizers, partners, and sponsors of the program will not take over any rights or equity in the ideas at the hackathon. The team will agree among themselves on who owns what part of the idea.


    If my idea doesn’t get chosen, will I be able to join a selected team?

    If you do not feel like you can get a team together around your idea, you are more than welcome to browse other deas and choose a team whose ideas you relate to the most. You can contact the team leads in Eventornado by chatting up with them under each idea.

    We will also facilitate two online matchmaking sessions on November 28 and December 5, where you will be able to meet with other teams and participants to put together a team.


    What are the tech-tools you will need to use at the hackathon?

    The main communication channel of the hackathon will be Slack. All the selected teams are invited to join the #euafricathejourney Slack group latest on December 7. We recommend downloading the Slack app to both- your smartphones and computers and allow the notifications.

     

    Slack will be the place for important hackathon workflow announcements, the place for communication with your team, and a good way to connect with the mentors.

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    The second important tool will be Zoom. We will run the webinars and checkpoints via Zoom and share the links with you over Slack.

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    What is the official language of the hackathon?

    The official language of the hackathon is English. However, we will provide lots of mentors who are fluent in French as well so you would be more comfortable communicating if French is your first language.


    🏆🏆Prizes!🏆🏆

    Winner 20 000€

    2nd place 15 000€

    3rd place 10 000€

    4th place 5000€

    5th place 5000€

    6th place 2000€

    7th place 2000€

    8th place 2000€

    9th place 2000€

    10th place 2000€

    Plus: 3000€ for each of the category winners!


    What happens after the hackathon?

    • 15th of January- teams meet with possible stakeholders from the public and private sector over the online matchmaking event

    • Pre-acceleration program for the 20 best teams. Fully online, and last up to 8 weeks. The goal of the online pre-accelerator is to understand the objectives of each team, also the individual challenges each team faces.

    • We are still in the process of putting together a 6-month long acceleration program for the best teams, whose goal is to help the teams to turn their prototypes into products and implement them on the market. The program will be put together by both African and European experts.


    I do not want to participate, but I would like to join as a mentor.

    Super! We are looking for mentors with a wide range of skills. Please fill out the mentors form below and we will get back to you shortly!

    https://garage48.typeform.com/to/paH9w539


    I would like to help you guys out as a volunteer.

    Yay! We are always super happy for another pair of helping hands. You can help us with many-many different tasks. Please fill the form below and we will get back to you shortly!

    https://garage48.typeform.com/to/Dh7BT2hP

     

     



    THE SUPERSTARS
    The Mentors 

    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Henry Piccoli
    Humanitarian advisor
    Philip Asedri Dradrio
    Program Specialist - Agriculture
    Hamza Katende
    Founder Cue Africa
    Maurine Kerich
    Lawyer and Social Innovator
    Alice Namuli Blazevic
    Tech and Innovation Lawyer
    Daniela de Gregorio
    EU Project Funding Manager
    Kalvince Otieno
    Founder and Managing Director FSPN-Africa
    Kamasa Dorothy Azimi
    Founder at Center for Women and Food Security-Ghana 
    David van Dijk
    Director General ABAN
    Mervet Kägu
    Regional Business Development Executive - Middle East
    Justus Wanzala
    Journalist and environmental sustainability specialist
    Selina Onyando
    Tech Policy Fellow, Lawyers Hub Kenya
    Riccardo Gabriele Bertelli
    Project and account manager
    Victoria Akoth
    Research specialist
    Whitney van Schyndel
    Communication & Marketing Manager Challenge Fund for Youth Employment
    Laila Bouallouch
    NL MFA Policy Advisor Youth Employment & Future of Work
    John C. Sullivan
    Consultant, trainer, and lecturer
    Morten Kragh Jensen
    Design Lead
    Nolwazi Ndlovu
    Founder Touch the World
    Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood
    Lecturer in Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews
    Robert Turyamureeba
    International Consultant
    Gideon Ilori
    Customer Optimization Specialist
    Kätlin Küünemäe
    International Consultant
    Judith Odogun
    Mentor and coach
    Binta Moustapha
    Content Curator
    Henry Atang-Agama
    Author, Analyst, Generalist
    Haroon Shirzad
    Social Entrepreneur and Businessman
    Ekow Mensah
    Consultant & Business Coach
    Ahmad Farhad Sarwari
    Chief Marketing Officer at Nexus Point
    Mame Fatim Diaw
    Agile Enthusiast & Scrum Practitioner
    Dominik Huss
    Machine Learning & AI
    Zuzana Padychova
    Digital Marketing Strategist / Business Development Manager at Mind the Gap
    Janet Chapman
    Chair of Tanzania Development Trust, which has been supporting grassroots communities in rural Tanzania for 45 years.
    Serdar Yucel
    C-level Executive, Partner, Coach, Mentor and Advisor to international companies
    Sayed Ahmad Fahim Masoumi
    SDGs Advocate
    Yasser El Kabbout
    Tech Lead at TalentScript
    John Aggrey
    Practical experience in the fields of Business Development, Communications, Diplomacy, Consultancy, SDGs Advocacy and Project Management.
    Bozo Pula
    Social Intrapreneur
    Ziad Hamoui
    Logistics Expert & Trade Advocacy Specialist
    Mayssa Tlig
    Tunisian activist in the field of human rights , a defender of liberty of expression and gender equality
    Basadi Edith Tamplin
    Building resilient communities
    Isaac Mando
    Agribusiness, International Trade, Business Management, Micro-Finance
    Stephen Tete Mantey
    Experienced Hospital Administrator
    Fakunle Aremu
    Project Management and Private Sector Development Expert
    Edna Nakajugo
    Software Engineer
    Zakayo Wandoloh
    MBA International Sport Management, Co-founder & Community Manager Right2Score Foundation
    Madeleine Tults
    Service design enthusiast
    Bishwas Bhatta
    mHealth and HCD Based Software Developer
    Anne Lawi
    Director, Pangea Accelerator
    Allen Kendunga
    CEO at Talent Match, Inc.
    Muthuri Kinyamu
    Co-founder, Turnup.Travel
    Ipolito Mubiru
    Executive Director at African Diversity and Inclusion Center
    Norman Mbabazi
    Kelly Idehen
    AI Researcher, STEM Education & Digital Skills Advocate, Digital Transformation & Strategic Business Advisor
    Marie Jaksman
    Full-stack marketing
    Gabriel Brezoiu
    General Manager of GEYC
    Viljami Peltola
    Software Engineer
    Onai Gundidza
    Field Expert, Education
    Malanee Hutton
    Venture Builder
    Annely Tank
    Education and WOW customer experience enthusiast
    Mbugua Gitau
    Technology Solutions Consultant 
    Kristjan Karmo
    Software QA, Software Development
    Stella Kivila
    Performance Accelerator in Digital Health, People Development and Women Advancement Spaces
    Michaela Snopkova
    Governmental, Business, Marketing
    Marily Hendrikson
    Cyber Security Project Lead at Startup Estonia 
    Justas Paulikas
    Teacher, Project Manager
    Kawooya Hafizi
    Researcher
    Marten Orgna
    CFO & Co-founder of Planet42
    Manon Loison
    Financial Inclusion Achiever
    Paul Bengyella
    WBAF International Partner, Investment Expert, Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor, Web & Digital Expert
    Mikael Arage
    Innovative Digital —service/product/project/programme/people— Manager, Developer, Entrepreneur
    Isaque Joaquim
    Financial Services Professional
    Nyasha Chifamba
    Health Informatics Specialist
    Sachin Gaur
    AI, CyberSecurity, Digital Health
    Udokanma Georgewill
    Product Manager
    Maria Calafatis
    Co-Founder at The Cube Athens
    Auldridge Chibbwalu
    President and Founder of New Hope Waves
    Tibabwetiza Muhanguzi
    Developer
    Olivia Zank
    Fintech founder and public policy expert
    Bob Oganga
    Business Development Coach
    Yeetah Kamikazi
    Business Mentor
    Bashir Ibrahim
    Building startups for Africa
    Dikatso Kelebogile Sephoti
    Entrepreneurial Leadership Coach and Consultant
    Agweyu Musilivi
    BizDev Manager StartupBlink
    Samuel Prince Jr. Bako
    CEO & Co-Founder - Northern Innovation Lab
    Serge Assale
    Managing Director - ENET AFRICA
    Mary Adoi
    Legal Advisor (Finance)
    Abiodun Lawal
    Digital & Innovation Manager
    Kevin Tammearu
    Digital Government | Unified eXchange Platform | Cybernetica
    Miguel Santos
    Project Manager
    Afia Bobia Amanfo
    Entrepreneurship & Innovation Manager for Africa - Bridge for Billions
    Luigi Morel
    Software engineer
    Lukonga Lindunda
    Co-founder & ED @ BongoHive
    Pascal Murasira
    Business Consultant
    Kusai Fteita
    General Manager at Alatheer Technologies
    Eerik Oja
    CEO & co-founder of Planet42

    Organizers

    Merilin Lukk
    Project Lead @ Garage48
    Yusuf Mutamba
    Project Coordinator /Partnerships and Community, Africa
    Hanae Bezad
    Project Manager in charge of Startups and ICT Ecosystems at Smart Africa
    Maris Hellrand
    Head of Press Release
    Nilay Rammul 
    Marketing Manager at Garage48

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