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50K USD Prizes for #Africa vs Virus CHALLENGE


Apr 2020



Apr 2020

15:00 To 17:30
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AfDB Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab
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The AfDB Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab is organising the #AfricaVsVirus Challenge as an opportunity to create tech and non-tech solutions to tackle some of the most pressing challenges created by the 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 digital collaborative process to bring about ground-breaking solutions addressing some of the social and economic challenges posed by the coronavirus.

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

20 ideas will be selected to participate in the Seedstars Investment Readiness Program, a one month educational program that will further support the ideas in getting to MVP. In addition, the top 3 ideas will be eligible for over 50K USD in in-kind prizes and other prizes to help further support their idea. 

Registration Deadline

15th April 2020 ... Join Now!

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.


Global Citizens:

The #AfricaVsVirus Challenge is calling on socially committed citizens worldwide, problem solvers, creative minds, health experts, programmers, graphic and web designers to come together in this collaborative process ... Join Now!

You can alos join as:

  • Challenge owners
  • Mentors
  • Moderators
  • Organizations
  • Ideathon Organizers


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.


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