Africa Connected contest seeks best web success stories

Google is calling on entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and web-lovers across Africa to share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work, in its Africa Connected contest.

Google’s new initiative, ‘Africa Connected: Success stories powered by the web’, is run in partnership with the UNDP, NEPAD, AFRINIC and regional media, and aims to gather the largest collection of inspiring stories about ventures established online by Africans, in Africa.  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.

“Google wants to hear from young, spirited entrepreneurial web adopters in Nigeria and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa who have a healthy disregard for the impossible and who are using the web and technology to do cool and extraordinary things to rise above their circumstances, change their world, and achieve success. We want to showcase the amazing achievements happening in the new Africa”, says Affiong Osuchukwu, Google Lead for the Africa Connected initiative.

Categories for entries include Education; Entertainment/Arts/Sports; Technology; Community and NGOs; and Small Businesses. 20 semi-finalists will be selected from initial entries to take part in an interview and to produce a short promotional video. A judging panel made up of Googlers and external judges will then determine the 10 finalists.  The 5 winners, in whose lives the web and Google have played a pivotal role, will then be selected by the online voting public. Submissions close on October 11, 2013. The winners will be announced next February. For more information and to enter the Africa Connected contest, visit www.africaconnected.com

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