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Facebook's challenge to Africa's innovators

By , ITWeb
Africa , 10 Dec 2015

Facebook's challenge to Africa's innovators

Facebook has announced the launch of its Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa.

The social network is looking to reward African developers, specifically those focused on apps, websites and services for education, with cash and other support.

"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." said Facebook in a statement about the contest.

Each Innovation Challenge Award winner will receive a package of tools and services worth up to $60,000 from FbStart program according to Facebook's communication.

Facebook also indicated that two apps, websites or services in each category will receive an Impact Award prize in the amount of $50,000.

Ime Archibong, Facebook's director of strategic partnerships says the Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa recognises those who are working on solutions that aim to improve education and economic health of communities in Africa,

"We're looking forward to seeing how African developers are providing real value for their communities. By connecting people and empowering them with access to services and information, we can help them achieve extraordinary things and help them to enhance their lives,"says Archibong

The awards are open to developers across Africa until entries close on the first of May next year. Winners will only be announced a few months later in August or September 2016.

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