Innovate Africa
Innovate Africa

Goals

To promote the emergence of a new generation of IT professionals in French-speaking Africa
To support the expansion of a media innovation ecosystem over the entire continent
To create an ecosystem bringing together journalists and investors with a view to inventing tomorrow’s media
1,75M
20months
13Countries

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Presentation

With mobile telephony and, to a lesser extent, the Internet developing apace, the media are having to address African consumers' switch to digital. Even though there are several overseas initiatives on this promising market, African stakeholders still do not have sufficient professionals in the field of information technologies or access to the capital they need to develop new services and content.

In this context, the Innovate Africa project aims to help a new generation of African media professionals to create and develop innovative information products and services in line with advances in technology, usage and the expectations of the continent's citizens.

Innovate Africa will also help journalists and web developers with innovative ideas to compile, process and distribute information in the era of the Internet, mobile phones, social networks, data journalism and all the new techniques that are shaking up the media ecosystem in Africa. The project is designed to enhance the quality and impact of online African journalism and to expand its audience using economic models that encourage independent work.

In a rapidly advancing environment, CFI has chosen to support social media stakeholders and also the traditional media in the switchover to digital, content creators, and developers by helping raise their professional standards and grouping them together under a federation.

Using an online training course (MOOC – Massive Open Online Course) and activities out in the field, the project's aim is to nurture and develop an ecosystem bringing together journalists and IT developers with a view to inventing tomorrow's media.

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"The Mooc Innovate Africa has offered everything a journalist needs to be in line with the requirements of Web 2.0. The teachings on data journalism, social networks or simply the monitoring tools on the internet particularly impressed me!"
Noël Somé, developer engineer, participant of the MOOC "Journalist"

Project beneficiaries

  • the traditional media attending innovation awareness-raising conferences
  • 200 journalists and web/mobile developers in "hackathons", which will be taking place in 7 countries
  • 180 web/mobile developers at data boot camps
  • the journalists, bloggers, designers and developers registered on the MOOC
  • project leads involved in the Innovate Africa competition.
Project manager
Sylvie Orio
Nora Bourchak

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Media hackathons and innovation awareness-raising conference

A hackathon (event bringing together developers to discuss collaborative IT programming) has been organised in 7 cities: Douala, Abidjan, Antananarivo, Casablanca, Dakar, Algiers and Tunis, in partnership with national media and co‑working hubs or new-technology incubators.

Over the course of these events, journalists and IT developers will be invited to develop an innovative service or product prototype for the information sector.

Prior to the event, an awareness-raising conference for local media general management will be organised to bring them up to speed with the innovation challenges they will face.

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Boot camp

6 boot camps will be organised, in Johannesburg, Accra, Nairobi, Abuja, Kampala and Dar es Salaam.

Data boot camps are workshops that focus on the use of data. Web application developers will consolidate the prototype application.

MOOC (Massive Online Open Course)

An interactive online course has been set up as two learning segments – one for journalists and one for developers – lasting 5 months and validated by certificate.

The first part offers teaching and the second invites segment attendees to collaborate on joint projects.

The aim is for as many young African web professionals as possible to be able to submit an innovative project to the Innovate Africa panel by the end of the course through the support of a remote/online mentoring system.

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After a final selection phase, the most promising projects will receive funding and a share in an overall pot of $1 000 000 (from $10 000 to $100 000 per project).

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