April 17 – 19, 2020

72-hour Ideathon: Addressing the challenges presented by the global Novel Coronavirus pandemic to African societies, economies and individuals and prototyping tech and non-tech solutions. Governments, civil society organizations, companies and citizens are all invited to submit challenges until Wednesday, April 15.

Have you identified a problem that is caused by the Corona Crisis? Do you want to take part in the Ideathon and develop solutions that tackle the Virus in Africa?

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What is the #AfricaVsVirus Challenge?

The Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative of the African Development Bank is organizing the #AfricaVsVirus Challenge to create tech and non-tech solutions to some of the most pressing challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. We are calling on socially committed citizens worldwide, problem solvers, creative minds, health experts, programmers, graphic and web designers to come together in a 72-hour collaborative digital process.

Following the #AfricaVsVirus Challenge, the best solutions will be selected and will be fully implemented with partners and donors in Africa and worldwide.

Why participate?

The novel coronavirus outbreak has brought severe human suffering and major economic disruption around the world. Within three months over 1,9 million people have been infected worldwide, with the virus currently affecting 198 countries and having taken the lives of over 120,000 people.

In an attempt to slow down infections, governments worldwide have imposed isolation and social distancing measures that make it impossible to continue with face-to-face collaborative processes. #AfricaVsVirus is creating an online platform in order to promote the fast and innovative co-creation of solutions to help African countries address some of their most pressing issues.

How does the Challenge work?

The #AfricaVsVirus Challenge will take place from April 17-19, 2020 online. Participants will have 72hs to collaborate in teams and build solutions to specific challenges. We will start with a kick-off session on April 16 at 18:30 GMT+1 and end on April 19 at 18:30 GMT+1.

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