To recognise and promote developers and entrepreneurs who are using the internet to improve the standard of education and economic health in their communities, Facebook has launched the Internet.org Innovation Challenge. The competition is open to developers of entering apps, websites and online services in one of two categories: learning/education and economic empowerment.
Beside the Innovation Challenge Award prize in the amount of $150,000 which will be awarded in each category, Facebook is also offering two Impact Award prizes in the amount of $50,000 for each of the two categories.
“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” said Ime Archibong, director of strategic partnerships at Facebook.
Well, I can certainly agree with that.
Entries can be made until May 1, 2016 and winners announced in August/September 2016. I don’t know about you, but I will be following the awards closely. Stay tuned.