By Sinatou SakaPosted on 13-10-2019Modified on 13-10-2019 at 08:59
The jury of the 4th edition of the Africa Challenge App delivered its first verdict. The ten selected candidates come from Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Started on July 8, the fourth edition of the RFI Challenge App Africa is in its second stage. The idea this year is to imagine the digital service that will contribute to an intelligent African city and to the service of all. More than 400 projects were received and ten were selected to continue the adventure.
The finalists are invited to refine their projects in order to hope to be part of the three winners who will come to Dakar before the jury in December. Then will be named the grand prize winner.
Creativity and relevance
For Edem d'Almeida, laureate of the International Francophonie Prize for Youth and Green Jobs, co-founder of Africa Global Recycling (AGR) and jury member, " Candidates must go beyond the idea. It's not enough to do literature. It is necessary to specify the challenges and the social impact of his project. "
Emmanuelle Bastide, presenter of RFI's 7 billion-neighbor program and president of the jury, said: " There is a good understanding of the problems and needs, but not always a good answer in terms of efficiency and frugality. Several projects were very interesting, but too complex from a technological point of view. For people who will take ownership, digital can be understood in a very simple way. "
The selected projects are:
Ahiwaaa - Hamed Gramboute (Ivory Coast)
Ahiwaaa is a form of "uberisation" of the delivery sector. It brings together in one platform, couriers / delivery men and all requests for services.
Coliba - Yaya Kone (Ivory Coast)
Coliba is a social enterprise specializing in the collection and recycling of plastic waste using a web, mobile and SMS platform that connects households and companies producing plastic waste with affiliated collectors.
Daba'Go - Jérémie Perales (Morocco)
Daba'Go is an application that, by inserting a starting point and a destination gives optimal journeys by combining train, taxi, tram, walk and bus according to criteria that everyone can select: Cost, Duration, Maximum number of matches, Refusal to use certain types of transport.
E-Bus - Ndeye Sira Thiam (Senegal)
E-bus is an application that allows bus users, through their smartphones, to pay for their ticket whose information is presented in the encrypted QR code format that the controller can scan for verification.
LINEUP - Vladimir Wendkuuni Regis Sawadogo (Burkina Faso)
LINEUP is a mobile application that facilitates the management of queues in the public services (hospitals, public services, etc.) and private lines (banks, telecom services, etc.) of the country.
My Artisan - Kevin Sesse (Ivory Coast)
My Artisan is a web and mobile platform of skills on demand around trades from the craft industry (Plumbing, electricity, carpentry, etc ...)
Smart Box - Flaubert Kame Dime (Cameroon)
Smart Box is an application to solve the problem of addressing in Africa.
Green Electricity - Nadia Hillary Dassi (Cameroon)
Greeen Electricity is a mobile application that allows people to produce green energy from their household waste.
Niaman To - Nouh Aly Barry (Mali)
Niaman To is a waste management application that will allow a rapid removal of garbage in order to avoid the uncontrolled dumping of garbage in the neighborhoods of major African cities.
Smart Boda - Bahati Christian (DRC)
Smart Boda is a mobile app from the same family as Uber and Taxify, geared towards motorcycle taxis.
The jury of this first selection is composed of Emmanuelle Bastide, journalist with RFI, presenter of the emission 7 billion of neighbors ; Carole Henry, director of innovation and digital for Engie Africa ; Edem d'Almeida, laureate of the International Prize for Francophonie for Youth and Green Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Africa Global Recycling (AGR); Sougrinoma Kisito from Ouagalab; Florent Youzan of Societe Generale's Innovation Lab, based in Dakar; Fabrice Piofret from French Tech Abidjan; Médard Agbayazon, founder of BloLab in Benin and Gérard Wolf Sustainable Cities Federator International, to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs in France.
The laureate will receive a grant of 15,000 euros to develop his project.
Emmanuelle Bastide will dedicate a special show around smart cities in Africa for the grand finale to be held in Dakar.
Launched by RFI and partners Engie Africa, Société Générale, Africa Global Recycling, Schneider Electric and several other local players, the fourth edition of the RFI Challenge App Africa aims to reward digital innovations to improve urban life in Africa .
►The RFI Challenge App Africa website
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