The purpose of the SingularityU East Africa Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in East Africa, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
The Prize of the Challenge is free attendance to the transformational Global Solutions Program at no cost.
This year, the GSP has two big changes:
(1) climate change is the overarching theme, and
(2) we have a new collaboration with XPRIZE.
We selected the climate change theme because it has consequences for every industry, geographic region, and way of life. Even if you don’t consider yourself a climate change authority or innovator, your skill set can probably help mitigate the effects of climate change. If you’re already passionate about impact or working in the impact space, you can create a moonshot innovation to address this urgent global problem.
We will not require participants to innovate in the climate change space, and welcome people from all disciplines to apply, but this theme will inform the GSP curriculum. We are looking for applicants from ANY technology or science discipline because we know a challenge as huge as climate change can only be solved within the convergence of multiple disciplines and exponential technologies.
Our collaboration with XPRIZE will give you an extraordinary opportunity to tap into the wisdom and expertise of the best minds working in this field today and their established network of funders.
Application & Assessment
- The challenge is open to residents and citizens in East Africa Countries
- You must be age 21 or older on the first day of the GSP
- Must be fluent in written and spoken English
- Able to participate for the entire GSP17 program
- Applicants selected as finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges on 24th March 2017
- Degree of solution’s relevance to the theme of the challenge
- The regional relevance in solving the challenge in East Africa
- Feasibility, Viability and Coherence of implementing the idea
- Entrepreneurial and innovative potential, with a focus on technological novelty
- Applicant’s leadership experience and quality, profile, achievements, and potential
Save the Dates
- Applications Open- 13th February 2017
- Applications Close – 13th March 2017
- Pitch Day Event – 23rd March 2017
- Summary of accomplishments
- An abstract of the project idea
- A video URL of the project idea
- The idea should leverage exponential technology.
What is the Ericsson Innovation Awards?
Technology fundamentally transforms the ways we organize our lives, businesses and societies. But only recently has the connectivity and computational power once reserved for industrial applications become intensely personal – embedded not just into our mobile devices and cloud software, but into our everyday expressions, interactions, relationships and desires. The result is an unprecedented capacity for individual empowerment &innovation.
The Ericsson Innovation Awards sets out to challenge today’s youth with not only changing their world but the world of thousands of others through harnessing the transformational power of ideas, technology and connectivity.
What possibilities for innovations will arise as a result of this development?
Ericsson Innovation Awards 2015
This is the first year that Ericsson has shifted their focus to both the technology and business factors that surround innovation . Students from third-level schools, universities and colleges all over the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas.
This competition will give the participants an opportunity to gain a foothold in the business world while also earning recognition from top C-levels and making contacts within the telecom industry. The top teams will also receive invaluable business coaching and technical insight from our experienced industry professionals.
The topic is learning. Learning in its widest sense; how can we make learning accessible to all? What tools do we need when lifelong learning becomes necessary for everyone? What are the new tools and methodologies when learning becomes an online activity – and when learning is happening more and more away from school buildings? Do you have an idea about the future of learning?
First prize: EUR 25 000
Second prize: EUR 10 000
All finalists and semi-finalists will be given the opportunity to be interviewed for a possible internship or permanent position at Ericsson
LinkedIn – endorsements and winner’s mark from Ericsson
To join the competition, register a team of between 2-4 people on the Ericsson Innovation Awards site or visit here. Be sure to meet all the requirements stipulated on the page.
Attached and via the link below you will find a collection of promotional material which could be used to notify students of the competition. This includes a poster for printing, a flyer for printing and online banners which could be placed on your site or intranet page with a hyperlink to the Ericsson Innovation Awards site provided above.
|For more information on the global competition: Click here.
Applications have been invited for the Innovation Challenge to be held at this year’s AITEC East Africa ICT Summit at Oshwal Centre over 20 – 21 November. AITEC has partnered with @iLabAfrica to host the Challenge at the Summit to provide a platform for innovators to showcase their products and compete for awards.
Developers and start-ups are invited to submit applications to make innovation presentations in the following sectors:
- Financial Services
- Government/Public Service
- Transport and Logistics
The top three innovations in each category, as judged by an independent panel of judges drawn from industry leaders, will be awarded a four-month incubation period at @iBizAfrica, the business incubation Centre at @iLabAfrica. Up to three team members for each winning innovation will be included in the project.
Dr Joseph Sevilla, the Director of @iLabAfrica, welcomed the opportunity to identify and develop new talent and product ideas, “We are delighted to be partnering with AITEC for the Innovation Challenge. There is a huge amount of talent with innovative ideas across East Africa and we want to first of all identify the most promising and then help them develop their ideas to a level where they can take them to market on a sound technological and business basis.”
Innovators wanting to enter the Challenge should submit their application at http://bit.ly/16PwBzs
The deadline for submission is 1st November 2013.