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Monday, 10 May 2021

Google for Startups Accelerator Africa

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation



Deadline: 14 May 2021

Google for Startups Accelerator Africa is a three-month accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups across the African continent.

The accelerator is designed to bring the best of Google's programs, products, people and technology to startups that leverage machine learning and AI in their company today or plan to in the future. In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the accelerator also includes deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition and leadership development for founders, specialized training, media opportunities and access to Google’s network of engineers and experts.

Selected startups are given

  • Access to Google engineers, resources, and mentors, during and after the program
  • Hands-on Google for Startups collaboration and support
  • Inclusion in the Google for Startups Accelerator Global Community and network of alumni and mentors
  • Google Cloud Credits
  • Marketing spotlight opportunities


*No grants or funding are given to startups on the program


Accelerator Africa accepts applicants from 17 African countries. These are:

  • Algeria
  • Botswana
  • Cameroun
  • Côte D'Ivoire
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe


Visit https://startup.google.com/accelerator/africa/#accelerator-programs to register and learn about the rudiments of the programme.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2022

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation

 

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation. It awards crucial commercialisation support to ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges, demonstrating the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.

An eight-month period of tailored training and mentoring culminates in a showcase event where a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with three runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.


A low-cost water-powered ventilator, dissolvable bioplastic and 3D printed prosthetics are among the innovations chosen to receive crucial commercialisation support from the Royal Academy of Engineering after being shortlisted for its 2021 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

The Africa Prize recognises ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges and this year’s shortlist represents nine countries including, for the first time, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Ethiopia and the Gambia. Six of the 16-strong shortlist are female innovators.The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation. It awards crucial commercialisation support to ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges, demonstrating the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.

An eight-month period of tailored training and mentoring culminates in a showcase event where a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with three runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.


A low-cost water-powered ventilator, dissolvable bioplastic and 3D printed prosthetics are among the innovations chosen to receive crucial commercialisation support from the Royal Academy of Engineering after being shortlisted for its 2021 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

The Africa Prize recognises ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges and this year’s shortlist represents nine countries including, for the first time, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Ethiopia and the Gambia. Six of the 16-strong shortlist are female innovators.

Friday, 30 April 2021

The KIR Foundation: Strengthening Resilience of The Education System Through The Book Drive Campaign.

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation

 

 The Corona Virus pandemic marked a watershed in the global education system and like other countries, Nigeria was grappling with an unprecedented situation. For many of Nigeria’s schoolchildren, remote learning during the worst periods of the pandemic was not an option. Unsuccessful attempts were made to practice large-scale remote learning. Alternative solutions, such as television and radio programs, were not developed in time to reach large numbers of schoolchildren. Only a minority (those who attended rich private schools) were able to stay linked to their schools through technology such as video conferencing, academic software and online tutorials. The majority, who live in rural/underserved areas, were not able to continue their studies. To tell the truth, Nigeria was not prepared for the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. This situation increased the risk of school dropout and exacerbated the many other challenges that children, especially the most vulnerable (those living in rural/underserved areas) already faced.

To bridge this gap and strengthen resilience in education, the KIR Foundation initiated the Book Drive Campaign in commemoration of her 10th Anniversary celebration. The Book Drive aspires to assimilate the reading culture among children in underserved and marginalised primary schools nationwide.  It provides for crosscutting activities, including needs assessment, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation of learning, and production of knowledge that will serve to both enhance the performance of the education in inadequately serviced schools, and strengthen its resilience. The lessons learned from the program will help inform discussions on how to strengthen preparedness and response capacities. The Book Drive Campaign focuses special attention on the most vulnerable children, including those living in rural areas, and the internally displaced children. Beneficiary schools are selected on the basis of vulnerability criteria established in consultation with volunteer implementing partners nationwide.

For the ERCC Nursery and Primary School Lafia, Nasarawa State Nigeria, the setting up of a Reading Corner and the marking of the World Creativity and Innovation Day was a day that will forever be remembered.  The ERCC Nursery and Primary School, Bukansidi, is a mission school owned and managed by the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ. Partnering with our volunteer implementing partner organization MyEnvironmentMyWealth, honourably represented by Christopher Zhedoga, a representative from the Value Chain Development Programme, The Executive Director, Citizens Center for Justice, Leadership and Peace, and representative from the Young Men Christian Association, Lafia.

The event started by 10:am with pupils and teachers carrying strands of palm trees to officially declare the World Creativity and Innovation Day and World Earth Day open. Our team of volunteers proceeded to establish a reading corner and donated a bookshelf with over 179 books to the excitement and reading pleasure of the pupils and teachers.  The event was spiced up with the formation of a Press Club, Readers' Club and Climate Change Club followed by the planting of trees. Our team of volunteers planted four strands of Tenera-improved Palm trees and two Masquerade trees. To the amazement of the pupils, there was a mini reading competition where 12 pupils from Primary 4 and 5 willingly participated. To test their reading abilities and their comprehension skills, they were tasked to read a passage from a storybook which they did delightsomely and were rewarded with storybooks. To wrap up the event, session on the importance of reading and taking care of our environment was also observed where each pupil pledged to plant at least a tree on each of their birthdays henceforth.

Despite all the challenges, the Book Drive Campaign holds the promise of better days to come for Nigeria’s underserved primary schools. The support of our donors, both during and after the pandemic, will ensure that underserved children can continue to learn under better conditions and that the education system will be able to cope more effectively with future crises.

 

 

Monday, 26 April 2021

Google Africa Developer Scholarship 2021

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation


Take your skills to the next level.

Grow with Google and Pluralsight have partnered for the third consecutive year to provide a program to support software developers across Africa in three different roles: Associate Android Developer, Associate Cloud Engineer, Mobile Web Specialist.


This program aims to engage with existing and aspiring developers to help them build the skills they need to get a job in tech after the program is over. The Google Africa Developer Scholarship (GADS) program gives participants free access to select courses, projects, embedded labs (powered by Qwiklabs) and skill assessments; plus support from the Google Developer community. The resources available in this program will help developers build the skills necessary to get their Google certification.  Previous participants have gone on to build impactful projects for their communities, make incredible steps in their career journeys, and even become Google-certified developers and engineers. 


Acceptance into this program is limited, so get started today to ensure you don’t miss out! Applicants will be prioritized for advancement based on the amount of Pluralsight content consumed and other target demographics


Learn More: https://www.pluralsight.com/partners/google/africa/gads-2021