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Seventy projects have been shortlisted for the Innovate Africa competition.
Evaluation will begin on 15 January and the winners will be announced on 30 January.
After a tough selection process, the Innovate Africa panel have chosen 70 of the 736 projects submitted by the entrants to proceed to the final round. Due to the high quality of the entries received, the initial plan to shortlist 50 projects was expanded so that another 20 could be included.
Innovate Africa: more than just a contest
#InnovateAfrica has set itself the goal of helping the new generation of African media professionals, who are revolutionising the news in step with the changing habits of the continent's people. The project aims to improve the quality, the reactiveness and the audience for online African journalism, based on business models that support media independence.
Since 2015, we have identified innovators at seven hackathons and six data boot camps held in 13 African countries. Another 2800 journalists and developers followed the
MOOC that CFI put online in July 2015, following which the best 20 projects received year-long assistance from international mentors in 2016.
$1,000,000 to support innovation in online African media
All over Africa, the call for submissions had a huge response from the people behind the best online media projects. The winners of the #InnovateAfrica contest will receive financial support ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 per project, drawn from a total fund of one million dollars.
The panel of judges will begin deliberations on 15 January and the winners will be announced on 30 January.