Techfugees Kenya Event on Blockchain & Refugee Emergency Response

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This event  marks the official kickoff of the Techfugees Chapter in Kenya.

The Problem: Many refugees, and people in refugee-like situations, across Africa are unable to prove their identity or access essential services. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, 80% of the total adult population are unbanked and do not have the necessary documentation to open a bank account, and without necessary documentation, many refugees are unable to access healthcare, seek legal protection, or enrol their children in schools. In response, private enterprises and humanitarian organisations have begun to look into Blockchain technology as a way to independently authenticate and validate exchanges of information, from personal identification to money transfers.

How can Blockchain help?

Blockchain is a cloud-based public ledger that automatically records all transactions and stores them securely for everyone to see. This enables independent entities to rely on the same, secured and audible source of information without the need of third-party oversight.

Mapping solutions

The technology behind Blockchain has the potential to transform refugee response. Blockchain is increasingly being used in refugee emergency response – for example, in Kenya, a company like BanQu helps refugees create digital identities based on Blockchain technology. This event brings together startups, innovators and humanitarians to explore multiple Blockchain initiatives that have the potential to improve a refugee’s life.

● How can Blockchain technology alleviate challenges faced by refugees by providing identification and financial mobility?

● Can Blockchain unlock essential services to refugees without government support?

● Which humanitarian organizations have started to use Blockchain technology in Africa?

● When it comes to refugee response and Blockchain: What are the lessons learned from Africa and outside of Africa?

● From QR codes to electronic cards and digital vouchers? How can Blockchain benefit refugees?

Confirmed Speakers

At this event, you will be hearing from representatives from:

● Welcome by the co-chairs of Techfugees Kenya

  • Josephine Goube – Techfugees: Background on Techfugees and our plans for 2017!
  •  Komminist Weldermariam – IBM: Introduction to Blockchain 101
  • Caroline Njuki -IGAD: Context – key challenges facing refugees in the region
  • David Yen – BitPesa: How Bitcoin can support refugees
  • Joseph Thompson – Aid:Tech: (via Skype): Using Blockchain to distribute aid in refugee camps
  • Diana Klein- WFP Kenya: Introduction to a Blockchain pilot project developed by theThe World Food Programme

Event Details

  • Date: 22nd of February 2017
  • Time: 4:30pm and 7:00pm, East Africa Time.
  • Location: Strathmore University, Main Auditorium

Apply: Ideas for Action (I4A)2017 Competition

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Every year, students and young professionals from around the world participate to design ideas for financing and implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Winners of the competition will present their ideas during the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings, receive support from a dedicated startup accelerator at the Wharton School, and benefit from unique networking opportunities with other young leaders as well as some of the most senior decision-makers in international development, academia, and the private sector.

Your Proposal 

Your proposal should include the following:

  • Title and team name
  • Short abstract
  • Explanation of the problem and context: Briefly describe the problem that your proposal is addressing.
  • Your solution: Succinctly describe your idea (including design, target population, stakeholders, incentives, and implementation)
  • Expected impact: Why is it relevant?
  • Are there similar examples? If so, where and how?
  • Challenges: What are challenges you might face and how can they be addressed?

 Timeline 

  • Deadline for full proposal submissions: February 28, 2017
  • Announcement of submissions selected for the final round: March 21, 2017
  • Deadline for final submissions: April 17, 2017
  • Announcement of winners: May 31, 2017

Registration and Submission

Eligibility: Students and young professionals between the ages of 14-18 years and 18-35 years from around the world are invited participate.

Team Registration: Teams must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities etc. Please register your teams prior to submitting your proposal. You will then receive all relevant updates regarding the competition and our upcoming events.

Submission: Proposals must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format

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Apply: Citi® Tech for Integrity Challenge

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Citi® Tech for Integrity Challenge

Citi® and its allies are proud to present the Citi® Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I), an open innovation challenge to source solutions that promote integrity, accountability and transparency in the public sector.

Solve for real-life problem statements that are relevant to government organizations globally.

Who can participate?

T4I is open to entries from all over the world. Both start-ups and mature technology corporates are welcome. If you’re chosen to participate at Demo Days, a pilot-ready solution must be showcased. Review the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Submission Categories

  • Financial Crimes and Illicit Activities
  • Analytics, Reporting and Transparency
  • Cutting The Red Tape
  • Procurement
  • Government Transactions
  • Culture, Ethics and Engagement
  • Information, Security and Identity
  • Crisis Management and Aid

For more information and how to apply, visit 

Nairobi Innovation Week- The Shortlisting

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hjhjhjThe Nairobi innovation week brings together partners from government, private sector, development partners and research centers with an aim of providing a platform for showcasing and encouraging innovation, networking and sharing knowledge. Strathmore University, through @iBizAfrica partnered with the Ministry of Industry Trade and Cooperatives to reach out to potential innovative startups.

The aim of NIW is to prepare home grown localized innovative and scalable startups to be investor ready and to  give them access to seed stage funding or growth phase financing options. Over a hundred startups registered themselves to take full advantage of this.

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Through their application profiles, sixty of these startups were invited to pitch their ideas from 26th January – 27th January 2017 in front of a panel of judges The two panels of judges consisted of 5-6 industry business leaders.

Each of the sixty startups had fifteen minutes (10-minute presentation and a 5-minute Q&A session) to showcase their ideas and prove to the judges why their startup deserved to be in the 3 week NIW Boot Camp scheduled between 6th February and 22nd February 2017.

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The BootCamp will be hosted by @iBizAfrica and will entail different exciting elements needed in running a startup such as legal issues, pitching and presentation skills, business modeling among others. This will serve as inspiration to the startups to make impressive presentations.

A further shortlisting will be made after the boot camp to determine the finalists that will present during the main event that is to be held between 6th March and 10th March 2017. We wish all the shortlisted businesses the best during this amazing time of learning how to grow their startups.

101 Things You Wanted To Know About the Police But Didn’t Ask. Get the App

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About the App

The primary purpose of 101 Things You Wanted to Know About the Police But Were Too Afraid to Ask (101 Things) is to improve relations between the police and the public. The police are regarded by the public as suppressing them in order to promote the interests of the rich and the powerful. The police are regarded as being extremely corrupt, especially in extracting money from the less well off. Public opinion polls for several years put them at the top of the list of the most corrupt state institutions. We consider that better understanding between the police and the public would come about if both of them have a better understanding of the obligations of the police and the rights of the people. 101 Things focuses largely on the authority of the police and the rights of the people that they must respect. We believe that the full benefits of the pocket book will be achieved if both the public and the police carefully study and follow it.

The relationship between the police and the public goes back to the time of the colonisation of Kenya, when the primary purpose of the police was to suppress Africans in the interests of the colonial power and European settlers. To a considerable extent this continued after independence—and with this the uneasy and often tense relationship between the people and the police. Both those in authority and the police considered that the main role of the police was to protect the interests of those who controlled the state. There was little accountability of the police for their conduct.

A fundamental change in the structure and functions of the police was set out in the 2010
Constitution in accordance with its principles and values of protecting the rights and security of the people and the accountability of state institutions. The police will no longer be under the absolute authority of the government, their independence being a fundamental constitutional principle.

The Kenya Police 101 app has the following features:

  • All the 101 questions have been divided into 8 different categories as shown in the navigation drawer
  • Inclusion of images in the content of the answers for easier illustration
  • Search functionality to easily look up a question of interest
  •  Favorite functionality to enable users bookmark their favorite questions
  • Quick links for frequently asked questions
  • About page with description of the various sponsors and contact and social media links for Katiba Institute

Download the App here.

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Apply : Hack to Teach Education Hackathon

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Introduction

Hack to Teach 2017 is a hackathon hosted by Ideation Social Innovation Lab. During the competition, African tech talents will be expected to design and build an ed-tech mobile platform geared towards improving the quality of basic education within the informal educational sector in Kenya.

About Ideation Social Innovation Lab

Five million underprivileged Kenyan children are taught by untrained and unqualified informal school teachers. The first poverty trap for underprivileged children stems from the lack of access to adequate basic education. Since July 2016, our program trained teachers from 120 schools and provided education loans to lower the tuition by 41%. In addition, our business management system helped multiple teachers college achieve financial sustainability.

Objective

In order to scale our education loan program and school management system in Kenya, Ideation Social Innovation Lab hopes to distribute their solution as a mobile platform to more colleges and teachers. Within the 3-day Hackathon, software engineers and developers will produce prototypes for a college accounting system, collection system for loan repayments, and post-training evaluation system for teachers.

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation / Ambition
    Is this idea creative or novel? Is this idea different from existing products out there? Does this solution provide unique value?
  • Product / User Experience
    Does the idea solve a clear problem for the targeted users? Is the workflow intuitive? Is it easy and pleasant to use?
  • Impact / Scalability
    Does this idea have the potential to reach many people at a large scale? Could it be used by different people in different areas?
  • Execution / Quality
    Does the app work completely from start to finish? How many and how severe were any bugs encountered?
  • Pitch / Teamwork
    Does the team explain well of their story? Does the demo show an effective solution? Does the team collaborate well?

Apply and innovate. Your solution may be the next big thing.

Apply: Nairobi Innovation Week 2017

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NIW.Startups is a program initiated by the Ministry, working with stakeholders to identify promising startups from all counties in Kenya, to strengthen and nurture them and facilitate their scaling. Various Seed & Growth Capital Investors and Incubation hubs will participate in the program.

The purpose of NIW.Startups is to prepare home grown localized innovative and scalable startups to be investor ready and to either give them access to seed stage funding or growth phase financing options. Access to funding is one of the pressing challenges faced by startups globally.  In contribution to the overall objective of NIW 2017 of strengthening the innovation ecosystem, NIW.Startups seeks to create common platform through which various support institutions can systematically address the funding challenges of startups.

PRE-EVENTS

  Structured mentorship sessions facilitated by seasoned business persons
  • Coaching to get your startup investor ready
  • Professional pitch training
  • Briefing meeting with participating Investors
  • Selection of 10 startups for on-stage pitching

ELIGIBILITY

Your Startup should be less than 5 years old and at the early startup stage where internal resources have been mobilized and regulatory requirements fulfilled to start the company.

The eligible Startup will provide employment opportunities and solutions to improve the livelihoods of children, youth, women, elderly through a variety of sectors including but not limited to the following sectors: Agriculture, Healthcare Solutions, Education, Water and Sanitation and Hygiene, Protection, Waste Management & Recycling, Manufacturing, Energy, Transport and Logistics, Financial Inclusion, Information and Communication Technologies.

In addition, the startup should subscribe to the Principles of Innovation www.digitalprinciples.org

FINANCING CATEGORIES

  1. Seed Stage Investor Readiness Support – To be eligible for NIW.Startups you need to be startup solving a genuine challenge using an innovative and validated solution and actively looking for funding to launch the business.
  2. Growth Capital & Investor Readiness Support – To be eligible for Growth Capital, you must have established a credible team, have clear processes for scale and demonstrate evidence of impact from monitoring the performance of the product/service against set targets.

DEADLINE: 13th January

To apply, learn more and be part of this challenge, kindly visit this page.

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