There is an undeniable space for app developers and techpreneurs in our continent who use the internet for social and economic good. And Facebook wants to invest in these gems.
The world’s largest social network brings its internet.org innovation challenge to our shores. The innovation challenge recognizes African developers who are using the internet to better education standards and economical stances in their societies.
The challenge awards developers and online entrepreneurs with $150 000.00 to the best developer/entrepreneur in two categories: learning/education and economic empowerment. Winners don’t only leave with prize money but $60 000.00 worth of a package of tools courtesy of Facebook’s FBstart program. Also, two apps, websites or services in each group receive an impact Award prize worth $50 000.00.
The award, stemming from its success in recognizing such developers and entrepreneurs in India who have succeeded in using the internet in easing lives for women, students, farmers and migrant workers in that country opens opportunity to African developers and online businesses who usually find challenges in proving the feasibility of a knowledge based economy to mineral driven economies that our governments love to appraise. As a growing challenge with developers is access to capitalization of their bootstrapping businesses that have proven its potential to diversity economies while simultaneously empowering their target market.
According to Facebook’s director of strategic partnerships Ime Archibong, the Internet.org innovation challenge in Africa supports Facebook’s vision of a connected world through recognizing individuals who work on solutions to improve economic health and education in communities in Africa.
If you believe your app, website or online services has built on your national economy, or increased educational value, apply here. Entries close May 1st next year.