Facebook is launching the Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa, with the aim of recognising developers and entrepreneurs who are using the internet to improve the standard of education and economic health in their communities. Developers across Africa are invited to enter the challenge.
Facebook will present an Innovation Challenge Award of US $150,000 to the app, website or service judged to be the best in two categories: learning/education and economic empowerment. Each Innovation Challenge Award winner will also receive a package of tools and services worth up to $60,000 from Facebook’s FbStart program. Two apps, websites or services in each category will receive an Impact Award prize in the amount of $50,000.
The details of the awards
The awards are open to developers of apps, websites and online services that provide real value to African communities under the following pillars:
Learning/education (apps, websites or online services that make use of technology to inspire and deliver learning)
Economic empowerment (apps, websites or online services that help to advance the economic strength and ability of communities)
All entries must be received by 1 May, 2016. Winners will be announced in August/September 2016.