Intel gives DEMO Africa a USD20,000 boost

Computer software giant Intel has announced a $20,000 (Ksh 1.6 millon) sponsorship deal for the second annual DEMO Africa conference, the first Pan-African launch pad for emerging technologies and trends, to be held in Nairobi in October.

Welcoming the support, DEMO Africa Executive Producer Harry Hare noted the increased attention that Africa's technology start-ups are getting from around the world, and thanked Intel for their support.

"I would like to take this chance to thank Intel for supporting DEMO Africa, which is that one chance where a hand-selected class of new products are introduced to the world for the very first time to global press, investors,  strategic partners and buyers," said Harry.

Intel’s investment in Africa seeks to enhance local innovation by providing local developers with design tools, resources and expert consulting.

"By sponsoring DEMO Africa we see this as an opportunity to enable local tech start-ups nurture their skills and get exposure on the global stage. These are critical components in the growth of the local software economy," noted Agatha Gikunda, Lead for Intel Software and Services Group in East Africa.

She added:"We are very excited about the growing developer engagement in Africa and seek to increase collaborations with tech hubs, independent software vendors and universities in order to build a foundation for robust solutions and industry innovation."

The 2013 Demo Africa conference has attracted 300 entries from across Africa, which are undergoing the adjudication process to determine the top 40 projects that will launch in October.

Each year, over 2,500 people from around the globe attend DEMO to experience innovation at its birth. DEMO Africa is the flagship initiative of the Liberating Innovation in Opportunity Nations (LI[email protected]) partnership, an innovative new partnership aimed at enhancing and deepening start-up and innovation ecosystems of fast-growing African economies.

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