By RFIPosted on 14-11-2019Modified on 14-11-2019 at 17:14

The jury members of the "RFI Challenge App Africa" ​​selected the three finalists of the fourth edition from more than 400 applications received.

The competition aims this year to promote the integration of new technologies in the field of urban development and smart cities in Francophone Africa. Open to all young African entrepreneurs, this edition rewards digital innovations (websites, applications, SMS services ...) to improve urban services and the quality of life of citizens.

The three finalists, invited to present their project on December 9 in Dakar, Senegal, in front of a jury of professionals chaired by Emmanuelle Bastide , producer of the 7 billion neighbors program , are:

Nadia Hillary Dassi for " Green Electricity " (Cameroon), a mobile application that allows people to produce green energy from their household waste.

Ndeye Sira Thiam for " e-Bus " (Senegal), a mobile application allowing bus users to pay for their tickets using their phone.

Kevin Sesse for " My Craftsman " (Côte d'Ivoire), a connected platform that allows users to solicit local artisans (plumbers, electricians, carpenters ...).

The laureate, who will receive funding for the development of his project, will be unveiled on December 10th during the recording of the program 7 billion neighbors , presented by Emmanuelle Bastide, specially relocated in public at the French Institute of Dakar.

Through this competition, RFI aims to encourage and support innovation by stimulating and supporting young African entrepreneurs. ENGIE AFRICA, Societe Generale, Africa Global Recycling, Schneider Electric, as well as African incubators of innovative companies are associated with the operation.

The first three editions focused on the areas of health (2016), girls' education (2017) and sustainable development (2018).

About the RFI Challenge App Africa : Launched in 2016 the RFI Challenge App Africa is a contest, associated each year with an RFI program and delivered in a French-speaking African country, aiming to develop the Internet citizen by encouraging projects to services of general interest. The first three editions in Dakar in 2016 rewarded Cheick Oumar Bagayoko (Mali), a young doctor and computer scientist from Mali for his medical tele-expertise application " Bogou ", in Abidjan in 2017 Raissa Banhoro (Ivory Coast), for his functional literacy application " Lucie " and Cotonou in 2018 Serge Auguste Zaongo (Burkina Faso), for its application to monitor the irrigation of a farm.

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