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Call for Applications: Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

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Five hundred billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2030!

Things like wells, cars, watches, refrigerators, and more will be connected to the Internet for the first time so that they can transmit and receive information. Digitization is about connecting people and things to the Internet so that the information those connections provide can be used to improve processes and decision making.

With digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT), good ideas can make a difference more quickly than ever before by driving economic development and helping people solve some of our most

Who Should Enter?

This challenge is open to students or recent alumni from any college or university. For detailed eligibility requirements, please click here .

Areas of impact could include, but are not limited to:

  • local industry/economic development
  • critical human needs (food, water, shelter, and disaster relief)
  • healthcare
  • economic empowerment/financial inclusion
  • education
  • environment
  • connectivity

Digital Technologies that enable these innovations may include, but are not limited to:

  • connected/smart solutions (smart home, smart city, smart energy)
  • connected transportation
  • wearables
  • big data
  • analytics
  • cloud computing

We are awarding $300,000 to support Global Problem Solvers. Click here to read more about the prizes.

Application Process

  • March 30 2017: Applications Open
  • May 30 2017: Applications Close
  • June 12, 2017: Finalists announced
  • June 12,-28th 2017: Peoples Choice Voting
  • June 29: Winners Announced

Why you should participate?

  • Huge cash infusion to develop your company or solution
  • Global recognition and publicity for your company or solution
  • Looks great on a resume or in a prospectus to potential funders
  • Review by Cisco technology experts and high profile judges
  • Peer and industry validation for your solution

 Digitize. Do More Good.

To learn more and take part in this challenge,please click here.

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

Ready for this??apply here

@iLabAfrica- Strathmore University Students Emerge Top in the Google Online Marketing Challenge Second Time in a Row

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GOMCGoogle offers a professional accreditation to individuals who demonstrate proficiency in basic and advanced aspects of AdWords, the Google AdWords Certification. The Strathmore Digital Advertising Academy has partnered with @iLabAfrica and Google to offer tailor-made digital advertising training and certification using Google’s digital advertising technology and tools. Learners are trained on how to use cutting-edge technologies for digital advertising and online marketing like Google AdWords, Google Ana­lyt­ics, Google AdWords API and others.

Google runs a global competition yearly that offers opportunities to students to experience and create online marketing campaigns using their technology. This year, a team of students represented Strathmore University and @iLabAfrica on the challenge and secured the top position in Middle East & Africa Business Category. This is a tremendous achievement given the size of the competition.

THE TEAM

The team worked together to deliver results within the key deadlines. Prior to participation in the Google Online Marketing Challenge, some of the team members enrolled in the @iLabAfrica Digital Advertising Certification Program. The trainings were very effective as the students not only got a lot of insights in conducting a real campaign but also created lifelong contacts of various experienced professionals in the online marketing industry. The challenge created team zeal and strengthened their bond which was very essential throughout the competition period.

The group encountered a number of challenges during the competition. The biggest challenge was the busy academic schedules of the team members but with efficient planning and communication the team was able to overcome this. The team was properly organized, tasks were clearly assigned to each team member and participation by every member was key. The team was able to work with a real-life client which enabled them understand client dynamics in the industry. The Google Online Marketing Challenge was a success and a future opportunity to be considered by all.

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From L- R(Innocent, Tess, Tabitha, Maureen, Gloria and Lorna)

Team Members

Innocent Dekok (Team Captain)

“The Google Online Marketing Challenge has opened up my career path in online marketing and was a learning opportunity for me. I will consider participating in future competitions again.”

Maureen Wanjiru

“I enjoyed working together with the team throughout the competition. I got an opportunity to work with a real client who needed digital marketing solutions for their business.”

Lorna Kipkoskei

“The competition was tough but we managed to endure as a team. I have learned a lot especially working with team to deliver key results. This competition has sparked my interest in digital advertising and I see myself working on more future similar projects.”

Gloria Kaburu

“I enjoyed every moment throughout the competition, working with team members and coordinating tasks. I enjoy online marketing and definitely see myself pursuing a career in this field.”

Tess Munuve

“Through creative thinking and execution, our team was able to secure a top position. I am overwhelmed by how far our team has gone. This is a field I would love to work in.”

TRAINER:

Ms. Tabitha Mberi-Certified Digital Advertising Trainer by Google.

It was fun working with the students and I am proud of them. The challenge gave them an opportunity to work with a real client and learn how to carry out digital campaigns. I can’t wait to work with them and other students in the next challenge that comes up in 2017.

Apply To The Green Enterprise Challenge (GEC) 2016

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1. What is the Green Enterprise Challenge?

This is a platform for championing green sustainable jobs by women and youth entrepreneurs in Kenya, with a focus on selected value chains, through MSMEs business modeling in at least 6 selected counties. Nakuru was the pilot County.

2. Problems to be tacked by Green Enterprise Challenge:

  • Youth unemployment
  • Environmental pollution
  • Poverty
  • Little education
  • Inadequate business skills

3. Who is running the Green Enterprise Challenge?
The challenge is being run by Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) in collaboration with Tangaza University College.

MESPT is a champion of a Green Growth economy and in partnership with Danida has been implementing the Annual Green Growth Conference and exhibition in Kenya for the last 2 years.

4. Which entrepreneurs qualify for the challenge?
The challenge is open to youth and women who have startup businesses not more than 3 year old. Their businesses must have a green element in it.

5. To register for the challenge must I have an existing business?
No, your business can be an idea which you must be in a position to convince the trainers and the judges that it is viable.

6. What business categories are eligible?

  • Your business is eligible if you are in the line of:
  • Mobile & ICT Technologies
  • Waste Management
  • Agri-Business
  • Renewable Energy

7. How do entrepreneurs benefit from the Green Enterprise Challenge?

  • They will be sponsored into an entrepreneurship academy in their county.
  • All finalists will get certificates.
  • Winners will be awarded trophies.
  • Overall national winners will be awarded a monetary grant of up to KES 1,000,000 to grow their businesses.
  • Sponsorship opportunity to participate/ exhibit in the National Green Enterprise Challenge and the National Green Growth Conference & Exhibition in October 2016.
  • Exposure to potential investors/ funders.
  • Development of brands
  • Media Coverage
  • Six months post competition incubation to harness entrepreneurial skills.

8. How do I register/pay for the green enterprise challenge?
Joining the Green Enterprise Challenge is absolutely Free!
Registration is on-going through your county MESPT office or you can forward your name to selected stakeholders in your county.

Questions

 Visit here or Email: GEC@mespt.org Contact or v

Person: Ann 0722 207 905/ 0735 333 154/ 0728 817 315

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Scaling Off Grid: A USAID Grand Challenge for Development

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THE PROBLEM

More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live without access to electricity. Most countries are unlikely to connect their entire populations to grid electricity for years, if not decades. As a result, many households rely on expensive, dangerous, pollution-causing kerosene, and diesel fuel for their energy needs.
THE CHALLENGE

Scaling Off-Grid Energy will accelerate growth in the off-grid energy market to provide 20 million households in sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean, and affordable electricity.  Our vision is to spur a vibrant marketplace of enterprises that provide off-grid energy solutions that meet the needs of low-income consumers across the African continent.
THE APPROACH

Scaling Off-Grid Energy is a platform for leading donors and investors to develop Africa’s off-grid energy sector and coordinate investments to connect more households and businesses to electricity, fasterScaling Off-Grid Energy will incentivize technological innovation, fund early stage companies, and support critical elements of the off-grid ecosystem. Key activities include:

  1. Expanding Supply:We support companies that serve off-grid customers by helping them expand geographically, test new business models and tap into private and public sources of finance.
  2. Driving DemandWe build consumer demand for off-grid power systems by encouraging innovation in products and services customers want and need, including energy efficient household appliances, energy storage, and digital financial services.
  3. Strengthening the Marketplace: We expand off-grid energy solutions by promoting policy and regulatory reforms, spurring the growth of mobile payment systems, and building capacity in local markets.

 

To get more information about this challenge, kindly check here.

 

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Intel Developer Champ Challenge for Developers

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Intel is planning a challenge known as the Intel Developer Champ Challenge for developers, which involves different key tech hubs and universities in Kenya.  We would like to present this Challenge to developers and give them a chance to participate on this challenge.

The Intel Developer challenge is a loyalty program that is run on an online page where developers are invited to take on different challenges such as test an app on Testdroid, take a short online training on the tools and SW, download the SDK’s, watch videos etc.

The goal of the program is to drive 2015 objectives across Android / IOT / RealSense around unique visitors, tool downloads, repeat visitors and Developers trained.

How the Intel Developer Champ Program works:

  1. To enter the challenge, visit https://devzonechamps.intel.co.za/ to register for the Challenge. You will be asked to provide your full name, country, email address, telephone number and institution. Your personal data will be used exclusively for Intel Corporation US, its affiliates and subsidiaries’ marketing purposes and the data might be transferred, stored and processed in the United States.
  2. After registration, you will be invited to take part in different challenges based on IOT, Real sense, Test droid, Android, tool downloads, training on tools and SW, downloads of SDK’s and videos.
  3. Each challenge accumulates a certain number of points and these points can be redeemed for prizes.The more the challenges the more points accumulated

More information will be shared by Intel as the challenge continues.

There are exciting prizes to be won for both the developers and the hub managers.

Launch of Master the Mainframe Contest

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IBM is launching Master the Mainframe contest to universities between April 1st and May 29th 2015.

Master the Mainframe is an exciting opportunity for students to gain real-world experience using enterprise computing skills. Hosted at high schools, colleges and universities all over the world, this unique mainframe computing contest is designed to equip students with mainframe
knowledge, and challenge their skills in a hands-on coding experience.

To compete in the Master the Mainframe contest, no experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience. Students just need to bring drive and competitive spirit, and they will be ready to compete.

                                                                Prizes
IBM is offering a number of prizes to students at the different stages of the contest:
– Backpacks
– Bluetooth headsets, speakers and
– Smart phones
– All paid expense trips to IBM MEA HQ in Dubai and IBM USA
– Career edge and visibility to IBM mainframe clients across key industries                      

Important Details   

  • Students can register on this link
  • For more inquireis please send an email here
  • Please find here few slides explaining the contest:

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