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Opportunities Weekly: $1800 photo contest reward, $50,000 funding, free software development training, and more

October 04, 2017 · 4 min read
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Explore our list of opportunities this week. They include training (software development, product design, etc.), funding programmes, exciting challenges and lots more.

Wiki Loves Africa 2017 (Photo Contest)

Wiki Loves Africa is an annual contest where anyone across Africa can contribute media relating to that year’s theme to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wiki Loves Africa encourages participants to contribute media (photographs, video and audio) that illustrate the specific theme for that year.

Each year the theme changes and is chosen by the community from universal, visually-rich and culturally-specific topics (for example, markets, rites of passage, festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, notable persons, etc). The competition, which began on October 1, 2017, will last through November 30, 2017.

Cash prizes

  • 1st prize: $600
  • 2nd prize: $400
  • 3rd prize: $200
  • Organiser prize: $200
  • Photo Essay Prizes: Women Working ($200)
  • Photo Essay prizes: Rare, Fading or Threatened Traditional Craft, Style or Way of Working ($200)

How to apply

To participate in this competition and see examples of what’s expected, visit the website immediately.

Andela Learning Community (ALC 2.0)

In partnership with Google, Andela is calling on interested participants for its learning community. The free programme gives individuals the opportunity to learn Android/web development or product design either as a beginner or an intermediate. The programme, set to commence on November 25, will be conducted online with optional in-person meetups.

How to apply

Anyone in Nigeria or Kenya over the age of 13 (with or without prior programming experience) could visit the website to commence application process. Deadline is October 21, 2017.

Digital Africa startup challenge 2018

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If you are engaged in an entrepreneurial adventure, have created an innovative product or service in response to the major challenges of African economies or you want to contribute to the digital transition of Africa in a dynamic of open innovation and common good, you can make your innovation known, accelerate your growth and increase your impact with the Digital Africa startup challenge 2018. The program promises network, support and acceleration to selected entrepreneurs.

For more information and to apply for this challenge, head to the website.

AfricaConnekt Competition

AfricaConnekt.org is an innovation platform that gives young African entrepreneurs a space to share their ideas, collaborate with their peers, and receive mentoring. The second AfricaConnekt.org Competition is now on, and your company could win funding. All you have to do to enter the competition is create an account, submit a video explaining your business or idea.

How  to apply

Visit the online platform to apply.

Obama Foundation Fellowship Programme (Closing in 2 days)

The Obama Foundation Fellowship programme seeks to support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation. The two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. The first fellowship gathering will hold in April  2018.

How to apply

You may commence your application process online. Deadline is on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Microsoft “Dream, Build, Play” Contest for Game Developers 2017

The Dream.Build.Play 2017 Challenge is pushing game makers to maximise their creativity and create experiences that engage gamers from across the world. This competition is open to all creators, working solo or in teams of up to seven. Create a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) game for one of the categories below by December 31, 2017, and you’ll have a chance to win cash prizes and share your game with the world.

To participate, entries must fall in one or more of these categories:

  • Cloud-powered game ($100,000)
  • PC game ($50,000)
  • Mixed reality game ($50,000)
  • Console game ($25,000)

For more information on eligibility and to apply, visit the website immediately. Registration ends December 31, 2017.

Y Her Accelerator programme ($50,000 funding)

It is obvious that more women are pursuing entrepreneurship in Africa than anywhere else in the world. This is what inspired Spark* to embark on a journey to bring together and support female entrepreneurs on the African continent. The Y Her Accelerator programme will span from Saturday, 11 November – Friday, 17 November 2017 at Johannesburg, South Africa.

Benefits

  • Mentorship
  • Opportunity to connect with investors
  • A total of $50,000 in funding
  • Potential to qualify for growth support to help scale your venture and more

Eligibility

  • Female-Led Ventures: You must have at least one female co-founder who will participate in the programme.
  • Local: You intimately understand the problem that you are trying to solve.
  • Support Women and Girls: Your venture must exist to improve the lives of women and girls who are held back by poverty.
  • In the Early Stages: You will have already launched a venture or at least run a pilot and have some early traction or proof of concept. You will typically have less than 100 customers and have been in operation less than two years.

How to apply

If you are a female founder, you may commence your application at the website.


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