Africa Innovate 2021, 21-23 July 2021

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An international online conference and hackathon

About this event

Africa Innovate is a free online conference and hackathon offering a diverse programme of engagement between students (aged 18+), makers, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry experts to exchange knowledge and develop innovative solutions for sustainable development in Africa. There will be networking opportunities for conference attendees.


The Africa Innovate conference and hackathon focuses on tackling sustainable development challenges.

About the Hackathon

Our hackathon is a short, intensive competition spanning three days where teams of three to six participants (from diverse backgrounds and disciplines) develop an innovative solution to a sustainable development challenge in Africa. Each team is assigned a mentor to accelerate their progress.

Conference Agenda

21 July

Introduction by Professor Kenneth Amaeshi, Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director Scaling Business in Africa at the University of Edinburgh

Discussions on :

Economy & Employment , 10:00 BST

Moderator, Professor Kenneth Amaeshi

Sola Mahoney, Non-Executive Director, Guaranty Trust Bank Gambia Ltd, The Gambia

Dr Joy M. Kiiru, Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, School of Economics, Kenya

Stephen Kehinde Medase, Research Associate, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Yinusa Oyekunle, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Adult Education, University of Lagos Nigeria

ICT, 11:00 BST

Dr Daniel Ramotsoela, Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Anastasia Anagnostou, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University, UK & Africa

Olatomiwa Williams, Cloud and Digital Transformation Director, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Muti Cluster, Countries (MEA MCC), Microsoft, Nigeria

Joseph Nsengimana, Head Regional Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Mastercard Foundation, Rwanda

Japheth Ondiek, Director, Technology and Innovation Instream Consulting Group, Kenya

Community, 15:00 BST

Moses Abolade, Executive Director, Peace Education and Practice Network, Nigeria

Dr Hailay Abrha Gesesew, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (NHMRC), Flinders University, Australia & Africa

Tony Joy, Founder & Director, Durian Nigeria, Nigeria

Isaac Onim Afwata, Program Coordinator- Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods. Organization for Peace, Relief and Development,(OPRD), Kenya

Maimuna Yakubu Mohammed, Chief Executive Officer at Society for Women, Development and Empowerment of Nigeria, Nigeria

Health & Well-being, 16:00 BST

Elizabeth Adeshina, CEO, Wazima Health, UK, Africa

Dr Miguel San Joaquín, Senior Health Economist, The World Bank & Founder of POLO stories, Mozambique

Dr Moses Samje, Biomedical Sciences, University of Bamenda, Cameroon

Blandine Umuziranenge, Founder and CEO, Kosmotive, Rwanda

22 July

Discussions on :

Clean Energy, 10:00 BST

Nicholas Mukisa, PhD Researcher, Energy Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand & Africa

Catherine Munyarari, Project Coordinator, Scene Connect Ltd, UK & Africa

Dr Philipp Trotter, Honorary Research Associate, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK

Abdishakur M. Ahmed, Former CEO at SomLite current Energy Specialist at RTI, Somalia

Environment, 11:00 BST

Dr Ebenezer Forkuo Amankwaa , Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Ghana

Dr Iva Peša, Assistant Professor, Social and Environmental Historian of Central Africa, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Mulugeta Gebremariam Gebremeskel, Lead Environmental and Climate Change Officer, Ethiopian Roads Authority, Ethiopia

Dr Lamy Hamed, Assistant Professor at Soil and Water Department Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Egypt

Education , 15:00 BST

Robin Todd Executive, Director, Transforming Teaching, Education & Learning (T-TEL), Ghana

Yasser Tawfik Co-founder, Ideas Gym, Egypt

Samia Chasi PhD, Strategic Advisor, IEASA, South Africa

Isaac Oladipupo, Co-founder, Afrilearn, Nigeria

Ari Jacobovits, Managing Director, MIT-Africa Program, MIT, US, Africa

Sanitation & Water, 16:00 BST

Moderator: Fidelia Amezhinim Job, Learning Connected Ambassador & Pivot Digital Health, UK & Nigeria

Sara Eklund, Executive Director, Noble Cup, Ethiopia

Minga M Kongo, Researcher, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Lindsey Noakes, Co-founder, Gather, UK

23 July

Discussion on Fundraising , 10:00 BST

Denise Mensah Domfe, Trusts and Foundations Officer, The Africa Centre, UK

Arthur Chupeau, Head of Ventures, The Baobab Network, Kenya

Adam Jagich, Investment Advisor, Chandaria Capital, Kenya

Final Pitches, 11:00 BST

Winners announced, 15:00 BST

Closing remarks, 15:15 BST

Takunda Chingonzoh, Founder, Village Innovation Network, Zimbabwe

Hackathon Timeline

23 April

Online registration opens

21 June, 10:00 BST

Ideation session

Team formation

21 July

Online access to mentors

First round of submissions

Second round team selection

22 July

Online access to mentors

Final round of submissions

Winners announced

All are welcome.

A collaborative event by The Africa Centre and Learning Connected.

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july 21 (Wednesday) - 23 (Friday) BST


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