Entry deadline for 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) extended to November 30, 2012

 In order to give applicants more time to submit entries, the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa have announced the extension of the deadline for submitting entries to the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) to November 30 2012.

“We know that innovation can be an engine for economic development. We continue to look for innovations that have commercial potential and are effective in the long term,” said Pauline Mujawamariya of the African Innovation Foundation in Dakar, Senegal recently at an event organized by the Senegalese Science Academy and Technology.

Only innovations by Africans for Africans are eligible to enter for the IPA 2013 while Africans in the Diaspora can also apply if their innovations are of significance to Africa.

The winning proposal will be awarded a cash prize of $100,000, with the two runners-up each receiving $25,000.

“We want to encourage young people across the continent to be interested in science, technology and engineering as rewarding careers” said Ms. Eskedar Nega, program officer in ICT policy at UNECA.

For detailed information of competition categories, conditions of entry, and submission procedures, please visit this site.

UNECA’s IST Division is implementing the Information and Communication Technology and Science and Technology for Development (ISTD) program to meet its mandate to advance economic and social development in Africa. ISTD manages the African Technology Development and Transfer Network (TDTNet), the African Science, Technology and Innovation Endowment Fund (ASTIEF), the African Science to Business Challenge (ASBC) and the Technology in Government Award (TIGA) and is experienced in addressing Africa’s special needs, emerging global challenges and hosting and managing initiatives in Africa.

AIF supports innovations and other novel initiatives with potential of contributing to sustainable development of African countries. This includes supporting home-grown innovations, facilitating technology transfer as well as supporting other platforms that enhance the exchange of ideas and collaboration among researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers. AIF also promotes transparent processes and procedures within the public sector and combat illegitimate appropriation and dissipation of resources within both the private and public domains. AIF’s areas of activity encompass programs & projects in the fields of: Innovation & Access to Technologies, Governance, Education & Culture and Health.