Apply for MIT Africa COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon 2020 for African Startups

MIT Africa Takes on COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon 2020 for African Startups

We are rallying the innovation community to develop solutions towards the most pressing issues related to the COVID-19 crisis in Africa. We want to channel and unlock untapped potential into positive and meaningful efforts to rapidly create and implement solutions that truly address the pressing unmet needs and problems of today. Our goal is for teams to design and build local solutions to these now global problems.

Application Deadline: 27th April 2020 at 11:59PM EST.

About the Award: The Africa Takes on COVID-19 Challenge event is the third in a series of virtual hackathons. Over the course of two days, multi-disciplinary teams will collaborate to develop innovative solutions that can help address the COVID-19 crisis. We are focused on connecting teams with the tools and resources needed to develop mature solutions that can be implemented by our partners. After the Challenge, selected teams will have the opportunity to bring their solutions to life with the support of our partners.

The next event is May 1-3, 2020. In this 48-hour virtual event, we will help tackle the most critical unmet needs caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in Africa. 

Type: Entrepreneurship

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Eligibility: We are seeking a diverse group of participants. Participants ages 13+ of all experience levels, professional and academic backgrounds, and skill sets are welcome; what matters most is your commitment to making an impact and your willingness to collaborate.

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at: This is a virtual event. Teams will work together throughout the two-day event using tools such as Zoom, Google Drive, WhatsApp, and/or Slack.

Number of Awards: Not specified

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Value of Award: Winning teams will receive computing resources, organizational support and direct access to key partners to further develop, validate and implement solutions developed.

Duration of Award: The Challenge is a 48-hour sprint beginning on Friday afternoon (5/1) and ending on Sunday afternoon (5/3). Since the goal is to rapidly bring meaningful solutions to life, participants should expect to commit Friday evening, most of Saturday, and Sunday morning/early afternoon to the Challenge. Participants do not need to be available 24/7 for the duration of the event but should communicate their availability to team members.

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How to Apply: Please complete the application form found here.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements and FAQ in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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