How can you change the lives of a million people in 3 years?

By Jessica Colaço
  Published 24 Feb 2012
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The Youth Agency for Development of Science Technology and Innovations ( are organizing a Global Impact Competition in Kenya in partnership with Singularity University ( based at NASA Ames Research Park, Silicon Valley, California. The contest seeks to identify three winners, two of which we shall send to Singularity University for the 10-week Graduate Studies Program (GSP12)

Singularity University’s aim is to assemble, educate and inspire passionate entrepreneurs, leaders and decision makers from all over the world to understand and utilize exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Participants to its 10-week Graduate Studies Program (GSP12) will be equipped with knowledge about the latest technologies in Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Robotics, Networks and Computing, Neuroscience and Medicine among others, and will be challenged to come up with novel solutions for global challenges at the intersections of these disciplines.

The the key outcome is to set up entrepreneurial activities around solutions, hence not only tackling the challenge, but also reducing dependence on employment by encouraging entrepreneurship.

Winners will also receive cash prizes to enable them to execute. The Kenyatta University Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubation center will help incubate these projects. Winners will also each receive a software package of their choice from Autodesk worth $10,000. Those who do not meet the grand prizes will have the opportunity to showcase their talent to stake holders of ST&I including the Kenya ICT Board, the National Council of Science and Technology, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, the Youth Enterprise Development Fund amongst other corporate interested in supporting innovations amongst youth like Google and Equity Bank.

No doubt Kenya indeed has made its name in the world of technology globally, especially with regard to our innovative use of mobile technology in banking and ICT companies including Ushahidi which became internationally renowned. This project will step up efforts by the Kenya Vision 2030 and the Konza project to make Kenya the home to Africa’s Silicon Savannah. The Global Impact Competition will create channels of exchange amongst global experts, as well as create a platform where our best minds can be trained to identify and leverage exponential technologies.

This is a call to entrepreneurs to contest for Kenya’s biggest innovation contest. Are you up to the challenge?

Develop an executable project that leverages technology to solve a social problem in Kenya. Given the short notice, it is enough to develop a project with specific timelines of implementation. Existing projects that already in progress are welcomed to participate, they should however meet the above criteria. Your project can address a problem in any area/field, but it should have the impact of changing the lives of many Kenyans.

JUDGES: from iHub, Kenya ICT board, Youth Enterprise Fund, Singularity University, YADSTI, NCST, Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubation Center (the list is not conclusive)

The application process is NOW OPEN

The contest shall be officially launched in the coming week.

Gear up people and show us what you’ve got!

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