Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Google dangles $125,000 on Africa Connected, invites entries

Google is dangling a total of $125,000 on Africa connected, a project on powered by the web, thus inviting entries for the prize with deadlines October 31, 2013.

According to Affiong Osuchukwu, the Google Lead for the Africa Connected initiative, this is the final month for submissions to Google’s new competition ‘Africa Connected: Success stories powered by the web’.

Osuchukwu also expressed the hope that Google finds the most inspiring stories in Africa about how the web has transformed the lives and business ventures of its users - Africa, get connected!

Explaining that the five successful entrants will win $25,000 each, and will also have the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor over a six-month period to further their business success.

"Entries close on 31st October 2013 - categories include Education; Entertainment/Arts/Sports; Technology; Community and NGOs; and Small Businesses," Osuchukwu affirmed in a press statement made available to ITRealms.

As noted by Osuchukwu, from Madagascar to Morocco, from big metropoles to rural villages, from photographers to community activists, Google have been received hundreds of submissions about how people are using the web and technology to do cool and extraordinary things to overcome hurdles and be successful.
"There’s less than a month to go before the competition closes, so if you have a great story that you haven’t yet told us about, we definitely want to hear from you” Osuchukwu said.

For Juliet Ehimuan, the Country Manager, Google Nigeria, commented, she looks forward to seeing some exciting Nigerian stories.
“We’re hoping to see strong Nigerian representation in the competition entries.  We already know about many inspiring success stories, like those of Asurf and Afrinolly, but we know there are lots more out there. The judges are looking forward to seeing a diversity of submissions, including from technology, agriculture, energy, fashion, education and entertainment," she enthused.

She cited an instance with the great work done by Chike Maduegbuna, owner and creator of Afrinolly, based in Nigeria. Afrinolly is a popular mobile app, which lets people across the continent watch short videos on their mobile devices.

"This app has transformed Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry by creating a movie trailer platform for new audiences. With over 3 million downloads already since its launch in August 2011, Chike hopes this will create a platform that connects aspiring film professionals with global film industry veterans," she emphasized.

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