The Africa Blockchain Insitute (ABI) opens application for the Campus Blockchain Hackathon 2021. This competition is open to all students of higher academic institutions across Africa, to give an early exposure to the career and business opportunities presently being made available by the Blockchain/DLT Digital Innovations.
According to the program organizers of campus blockchain hackathon 2021, the hackathon creates a structured and sustainable platform that should nurture and empower exciting developers by providing and democratizing access to needed knowledge, funding and importantly, mentorship.
How the Campus Blockchain Hackathon 2021 will be organized
The early stages of the event will be held virtually and the final event takes place physically in Rwanda. The call for applications is open to Africans and students of African descendants studying in any African institutions of higher learning.
The program starts with a contest within each African country. The individual winners progress to a regional stage competition which is still online. After this, the eventual winners from the regional contest get an invitation to go to Rwanda for the Grand Finale at the a physical event with all expenses paid.
The Campus Blockchain Hackathon topics are as follows:
- Fintech infrastructure/Digital Wallets (meant to help those who do not have access to banking)
- Human rights protection
- Land ownership and registration
- National voting platforms
- High-tech job creation
- Allowed to introduce any other topic that best serves the needs of Africa
The 2021 Campus Blockchain Hackathon says it is increasingly looking for ambitious students that are forward thinking, innovative, and ready to take on challenges by creating the next “Big Thing.”
What more to be eligible to participate?
- Again, an African or of African descent who is currently learning in any African institution of higher learning
- Possess a student ID Card
- Basic Knowledge of programming languages – ability to write code in one or all of these languages is mandatory: Solidity, C++, or C.
- Having a Github account is a must.
Benefits for participants
First prize – 25,000 TONS
Second – 15,000 TONS
Third prize – 5000 TONS
Fourth to twentieth prize – 1000 TONS
Deadline for submission of applications is 22nd January, 2021. APPLY HERE.
The Campus Blockchain Hackathon runs from 1st February to 8th April, 2021. The Grand Finale will be held at the African Leadership University in Kigali-Rwanda.
Anzisha Prize: Nominate A Young Entrepreneur for A Share of US$100K
The Anzisha Prize team calls for nomination to the 2021 Top 20 Anzisha Prize Fellows. This invitation to nominate the top entrepreneurial talents from all African countries is for persons between the ages of 15 and 22 who will receive financial and networking support they need to succeed.
This is a competition not awarded for great ideas or business plans but rather, one to recognize young entrepreneurs who are operating for-profit and non-profit ventures which do well to demonstrate ingenuity, scalability and have a social impact.
The Anzisha Prize team says, your nomination is a vital endorsement that recognises their great works. Annually, 20 leading youth entrepreneurs are selected to become Anzisha Prize Fellows.
The Anzisha Prize so far is the biggest award for young African entrepreneurs between 15 and 22, and over US$100,000 each year is given in prize money to these young entrepreneurs from across the continent.
What are the criteria for the Azisha prize?
- Your nominee should be between the ages of 15 and 22
- Do they run a business venture which is already delivering value to customers?
- Is your nominee involved in the strategy and operations of the venture?
- Is the business already having a social impact?
- Is the business earning a revenue, or reaching beneficiaries with the potential to realize more growth (both ‘for-profit businesses’ or ‘not-for-profit’ ventures qualify).
Alaa Moatamed of Egypt won the 2020 Anzisha grand prize and also the first Egyptian female to do so. Her business is Presto, which is an automated delivery system that is connecting vendors with their customers and suppliers.
After nominating, so what?
Your nominees for the Prize still need to submit an application because your nomination is an endorsement, a recommendation letter on behalf of the candidate.
Candidates then submit an application that gives full information about their business, enabling them to be evaluated for participation in the fellowship.
The nominee receives an email letting them know that they have been nominated, and also a reminder to apply for the prize once applications are open.
Itching to help find the next top 20 Anzisha prize winners? NOMINATE HERE.
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