The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) has extended the deadline for submitting applications for the ATU Africa Innovation Challenge 2021 to 31st August 2021.
Following a consultative meeting with Challenge partners, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Huawei Technologies Limited and Intel Corporation, the decision was made to expand the space to allow more participants to take takes part in the Challenge, the objective of which is to promote innovation on the continent, in particular among young people.
The winner will receive US $ 10,000 and the winning practice will be crowned 2021 ATU’s best ecosystem practices in Africa enabling young people to innovate in ICT.
Organizations that have developed and implemented a practice that has created an enabling environment for the growth of ICT innovation among young people are encouraged to participate.
These could be regulators, entrepreneurship support organizations, incubators, accelerators, or colleges and universities. Submissions should be made through the ATU website (www.atuuat.africa).
Announcing the extension of the deadline, ATU General Secretary John OMO reiterated the primary objective of the challenge which is to identify a large pool of outstanding practices from African organizations that have supported the growth of young ICT innovators. .
“We chose to extend the deadline because we want as many organizations as possible to come forward and apply. An enabling environment that will address the challenges facing young people in Africa can only be created when solution owners come together and share their best practices which can then be scaled up and scaled up across Africa to foster resilience of people. young people, ”he said.
Through its theme “Best ecosystem practices in Africa enabling young people to innovate in ICT”, the competition aims to recognize the impact of partnerships between young innovators and ecosystem actors.
The competition comes at a time when the impact of COVID-19 on communities is becoming increasingly visible.
Young people are among the most vulnerable to this impact, facing challenges such as socio-economic inclusion and the workforce. According to the International Labor Organization, “Africa is home to nearly 363 million young people, and this number is expected to double by 2050.
The full potential of young Africans remains untapped as unemployment, working poverty, informal employment and gender inequalities continue to be significant obstacles.
Among these young people are ICT innovators who have developed brilliant innovations but who lack the support to scale up their innovation for the benefit of the continent.
It is for this reason that the competition seeks to create an impactful and sustainable solution by creating a network of champions to develop a resilient ecosystem for young people in Africa.