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UNICEF Opens $100K Price Money Competition for Data Science Enterpreneurs

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UNICEF Opens $100K Price Money Competition for Data Science Enterpreneurs

UNICEF Opens $100K Price Money Competition for Data Science Enterpreneurs

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for  technology start-ups in Ghana and other qualifying countries worldwide. The innovation fund offers up to $100,000 equity-free investment to support winners whose work has the potential to benefit humanity.

They are looking to make investments in applicants who meet the following criteria:

  1.  For profit entrepreneurs with registered companies in the qualify UNICEF programme countries
  2. You must be registered as a private company in a UNICEF programme country;
  3. Working on open source technology solutions or willing to be open-source under the following licenses or their equivalent: BSD (software), CERN (hardware), or CC-BY (content)
  4. You have an existing prototype of the solution with promising results from initial pilots
  5. Your solution has the potential to positively impact society.
  6. Your company does not have to be fully down the road of having a ready product, it can be at the very beginning. Our funding is intended to seed
  7. an exploration within a company that already exists, that has a strong team and a prototype, and that can be profitable, and successful in the space of data-science.

What is UNICEF looking for in potential candidates?

They are particularly looking for candidates  using data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence or similar technologies to build solutions that respond to the following questions:

Are you using new sources of data such as satellite imagery or social media and applying data science or artificial intelligence techniques to understand the physical world that we live in?

  1. Applying deep learning to analyze satellite imagery and automatically map infrastructure such as schools, health centers, roads or cell towers
  2. Using digital footprints from sources like social media or mobility patterns to understand public spaces.
  3. Exploring ML/AI techniques to help us better understand the physical world that we live in and its rapidly changing environments.

Do you know how much knowledge is available in your language online? Was it created locally? How is content structured and how do we learn it? In other words, are you trying to use data science and AI to understand the digital world that we live in?

  1. Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) or similar techniques to analyze large amounts of text
  2. Using ML/AI to understand content structures and knowledge/learning relationships
  3. Exploring ML/AI techniques to help us better understand the digital world that we live in as well as its dynamics/changing trends

What skills will be in most demand tomorrow? Are you trying to use data science, machine learning or artificial intelligence techniques to generate new insights from data?

  1. Using ML/AI to understand the relationships between different variables that impact development indicators (i.e. learning, socio-economic, resilience, health).
  2. Applying optimization techniques to improve service delivery, resource allocation or content delivery, for example:
  3. Predictive analysis to understand changes in the world such as job market trends or the supply and demand of skill.

Or are you generating and curating data for any of the above?

  1. Gathering and combining existing data from different sources
  2. Generating new data through field data collection, crowdsourcing or social network platformsUsing novel approaches to generate, as well as to validate, large amounts of training data.

If your answers to the aforementioned questions then you are all set to apply to make your country pround. Women led projects are highly encouraged to apply for this innovation fund. Click here to read more and  apply !

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Ghana Innovation Hub to host Innovate Ghana Conference

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Ghana Innovation Hub to host Innovate Ghana Conference

Ghana’s undoubtedly numéro un  Hub, Ghana Innovation Hub is set to host the maiden edition of  Innovate Ghana Conference dubbed “#innov8GH Conference”.

The three (3) days Innovation Conference which is scheduled on the 24th, 25th and 26th of July 2019 is purposely created for entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Interestingly, The #innov8GH conference which will be held at the Ghana Innovation Hub (Accra Digital Center) is open to all and free of charge. There is no registration process. You can Feel free to join to check out the space, network, join the sessions of your interest and meet like-minded people at their sponsored daily networking cocktail. At other times during the conference, food and drinks will be available for purchase at the 1Hive – in-house restaurant located inside the hub.

Ghana Innovation Hub together with the World Bank, Ghana Telecom University college, Ministry of communication, MDF WEST AFRICA and BlueSpace Africa as partners have designed favourable sessions of time and days to suit the interest of all participants.

 

OUR VISION.

The Ghana Innovation hub being the center of Excellence has a strong Vision of nurturing the next generation of innovators by providing a physical working space as well as business development services, investment matchmaking and ecosystem support.

OUR SERVICES.

We provide BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES that is from IDEATION, INCUBATION AND ACCELERATION.

IDEATION.

You developing your idea or looking for inspiration for new product or service development for your existing business. You can join one of our workshops, networking events or short course to develop the right ideas. Our goal is to develop your idea or first business model.

 

INCUBATION

You are developing your idea into business model and/or testing the assumption in your business model in the market. You can join our incubation programs or apply for coaching to further build your product service, team and business model. Our goal is to find product market fit.

ACCELERATION.

You have developed your minimum viable product (MVP) and are generating substantial revenues through your customers. You can join one of our acceleration programs to quip your business for growth for investment. Our goal is to grow and scale the business.

KEY SERVICES.

The Ghana Innovation Hub  have the most affordable ultra-modern state of the art offices facilities. That is, co-working space, meeting rooms, board rooms event and training space for rentals. Our offices come with a free WIFI, WATER and ELECTRICITY and is open to Entrepreneurs, start-ups and the general public especially tech related businesses. We provide discounts on all our services to suit your demand.

*Co-working space.

*Private offices.

*Brainstorm Room.

*Board rooms.

*Meeting rooms.

*A training and events space.

*A coffee corner for drinks, snacks and catering(1hive).

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Africans deserve data protection as fundamental human rights – Deputy Communications Minister

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Africans deserve data protection as fundamental human rights – Deputy Communications Minister

Africans deserve data protection as fundamental human rights – Deputy Communications Minister

Deputy Communications Minister, Vincent Sowah Odotei, has indicated that personal data of Africans need to be protected by the constitution just like their fundamental human rights.

Though protection of personal data and privacy of individuals is a global challenge, African countries need to strategize, enact laws that will protect the data of governmental institutions and citizens, he stated.

Speaking at the 1st Africa Region Data Protection and Privacy Conference in Accra, Mr Sowah asserted that, the more data is used daily, the higher the risk of abuse whether intentionally or not.

According to the Minister, Ghana is making strides in protecting the data of its citizens during this era of unprecedented cybercrimes.

He further said, “President Akufo-Addo is working tirelessly to digitize services in the country, however, he is also calling for rigorous measures to ensure that the valuable data digitization generated is protected.

Mr Sowah also said, “Ghana is collaborating with stakeholders such as the Council of Europe, US Security government Initiative, Commonwealth and other international organizations to implement other initiatives to help curb cybercrime.”

He further stated that the public is being encouraged to know their rights to privacy and the need to protect it whilst data controllers are equally being educated on how to handle the data they generate or collect from the citizens.

Speaking in the same vein, Minister for planning, John Gyan Baffour also noted that the current environment of collecting and retrieving personal data is fast evolving thus, presenting us with the challenge of effective management of data in the bid to prevent unauthorized, careless and ignorant use of personal data.

Mr Baffour said, “Data today is the bedrock of our rapidly changing world providing our citizens with opportunities and indeed with challenges as well. Data protection issues are also human right issues”.

“How then do we protect fundamental human rights as enshrined in our various national constitutions while at the same time guaranteeing one’s right to information” he quizzed.

Stating some challenges Africa faces when it comes to data management and protection, Mr Gyan Baffour stated inadequate expertise as a top challenge. Out of 54 countries in the Africa Region, only 17 have passed the data protection law. This, he averred that wasn’t encouraging and needs to change.

“The Africa region has been slow in enacting relevant data protection laws, and establishment of supervisory authorities”.

He, however, mentioned that Ghana has passed Data Protection Act 2012, Act 843 to regulate the protection of personal data. Also, Data protection commission has been implemented to enforce the law and guarantee data safety.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

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Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

On Wednesday, 15 May 2019, Ghana’s Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia participated in the first day of the Ghana Digital Roadmap Conference on the theme: Moving Ghana Beyond Aid: Expanding the local digital economy in Accra.

The conference is to review the Information and Communication Technology for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) policy document in line with digital opportunities and generate ideas to develop a strategy and an implementation plan to establish Ghana as the leader in ICT innovation in Africa by 2023.

Speaking at the conference, Dr Bawumia stressed the importance the government of Ghana attaches to the ongoing digitisation agenda, emphasising that a digitised, formal economy is a crucial tool of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

“Now is the time to take a critical look at our seminal ICT policy document, the ICT for Accelerated Development Policy, identify gaps and recommend changes required to provide the right framework to harness Ghana’s digital economy and also nurture our local ICT industry,” Dr Bawumia said.

Source: classfmonline.com

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