In partnership with the African Telecommunications Union, the International Telecommunications Union, Huawei Technologies Limited, Intel Corporation and GSMA, AfriLabs invites participants into the ATU Africa Innovation Challenge 2021 themed “Best ecosystem practices in Africa enabling youth ICT innovation.
The Challenge is an African-wide competition aimed at identifying and recognizing ecosystem stakeholders in Africa that have developed and implemented a practice that creates an enabling environment for youth ICT innovation to thrive. It was launched on 15th June 2021 and will come to a close on 28th September 2021.
The overall objective of the Challenge is to build a network of champions to develop a youth resilient ecosystem in Africa by sharing their best practices.
This is based on the premise that for Africa to tackle the challenges facing the African youth, problem owners, solution owners, and resource owners must come together to scale up and share their success stories and good practices.
Interested participants will be required to submit their unique practice that enables youth ICT innovation to grow.
Alongside the practice, they will also be required to submit information about two innovators who benefitted from the practice.
After the submission phase, a rigorous selection process will follow, and the winner will be announced on 28th September 2021.
The winning practice will be crowned the “2021 ATU Best Ecosystem Practice in Africa Enabling Youth ICT Innovation.
The practice will serve as a benchmark that can be scaled and amplified across Africa to foster youth resilience.
Benefits of participation
- The winning organization will also receive USD 10,000
- A special ITU training (Bootcamp);
- Training by AfriLabs through the AfriLabs Hubs learning week,
- The opportunity to contribute to ITU’s regional good practice report;
- The chance to showcase their best practices in a personalized virtual booth at the Global Innovation Forum
- Connecting to a community of practice with like-minded stakeholders
As AfriLabs hope to amplify and replicate best practices that support youth resilience through the ATU Africa Innovation Challenge 2021, it anticipates bringing together policymakers, regulatory authorities, entrepreneurial support organizations, incubators, accelerators and academia from across Africa.
Interested participants can check here for more details.
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