The mobile broadband penetration in Africa will reach 20% by 2014 – compared to 2% in 2010 (source ITU). In some African countries more people have a mobile phone than access to clean water, electricity or a bank account. Mobile technologies changed the business conditions and ways of living in Africa and offer new chances.
In the latest global contestWSA received excellent innovations from African countries, produced in Africa by Africans for Africans.
The idea of the African Content Award is to promote and recognize creativity in the region and to encourage collaboration among African countries. Out of all African submissions for the global WSA, an international jury will select the best African projects in each of the 8 WSA categories. In order to find out real success stories and innovative solutions we work with WSA representatives in 35 African countries.
The objective is to find out best practices in mobile content that have an impact on society and serve local communities.
The regional winners will be awarded during the 2nd Ministerial Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa, organized bythe African Development Bank, Morocco, Rabat, to be held at the Academy of Science and Technology Hassan II from October 14-17, 2014.
- The forum will bring together government representatives, private sector, academia, scientists, innovators, and civil society from the region.
To showcase also the powerful innovations of young social entrepreneurs, the best African products from the World Summit Youth Award will also be awarded as African Content Award winners.
The African Content Award will
- Strengthen the network of developers and entrepreneurs in the region
- Enable knowledge exchange among all stakeholders
- Encourage regional producers by awarding their outstanding achievements
- Use the mechanism of multi-stakeholder award to find out local best-practices with regional relevance
- Enrich the 2nd Ministerial Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa with best practices in the creative use of ICTs for a more inclusive knowledge society
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