Facebook wants to give $300,000 to two African developers and entrepreneurs who are using the internet to improve the standard of education and economic health in their communities.
This follows the success of Facebook’s Internet.org Innovation Challenge in India, an award designed to recognise people making the internet more relevant for women, students, farmers and migrant workers in India.
Facebook recognizes the ingenuity of African developers and wants to encourage them. The tech company will present an Innovation Challenge Award of $150,000 to the app, website or online service judged to be the best in two categories: learning/education and economic empowerment.
Apart from the monetary prize, each Innovation Challenge Award winner will also receive a package of tools and services worth up to $60,000 from Facebook’s FbStart program. In addition, two apps, websites or services in each category will receive an Impact Award prize of $50,000.
“The Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa supports our vision of a connected world by recognizing those who are working on solutions that aim to improve education and economic health of communities in Africa,” says Ime Archibong, director of strategic partnerships at Facebook.
“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,” Archibong adds.
Facebook invites developers across Africa to enter the challenge, with entries billed to close on May 1, 2016. Winners will be announced in August/September 2016.