Hackathon in Uganda (Agriculture and Fisheries)
& Africa Progress Panel App Creation
Entries Submission Form

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Sub-Saharan Africa has taken huge strides over the past decade. Economies across the region are booming. Social indicators are improving and, for the first time in a generation, poverty rates have fallen. ‘Africa Rising’ has emerged as a new catchphrase. The Africa Progress Panel has frequently cautioned against exaggerated optimism. There is too much hype surrounding commentaries on Africa, and there are two sides to the story of the past decade.

On one side of the balance sheet are the undoubted successes. Africa’s growth has been helped by the booming commodity prices, but it has been sustained by improvements in macro-economic policy. Long recognized by policy makers as a rhetorical priority, agriculture is now attracting the kind of serious attention needed to fulfill its transformative potential. The other side of the story is less encouraging. On a simple growth trajectory, Africa may be tracking the pathway of some of the economic success stories in East Asia. But that is where the analogy ends. Africa lacks the human capital to embark upon a truly transformative economic growth path.

This year’s Africa Progress Panel Report takes a hard look at the risks and opportunities facing Africa. It asks what governments across the region need to do if they are to convert a decade of growth into transformative development. Agriculture is at the heart of the answer to the question that we pose. Yet, Africa still lacks viable ways of channelling much-needed capital to the millions of dynamic entrepreneurs with viable business ideas in sectors such as farming, coastal fishing, aquaculture and agro-processing.

This year’s APR reflects on how Africa can address the largely unmet demand for investment in agriculture and fisheries. The report argues that Africa needs to urgently push through sustainable “Green” and “Blue” revolutions fuelled by homegrown innovations and informed by lessons from other regions.

The Africa Progress Panel (APP) consists of ten distinguished individuals from the private and public sector who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa. Mr Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel laureate, chairs the APP and is closely involved in its day-to-day work.

The Panel facilitates coalition building to leverage and broker knowledge, and convene decision-makers to influence policy and create change for Africa. The Panel has extensive networks of policy analysts across Africa. By bringing together experts with a focus on Africa, the APP contributes to generating evidence-based policies.

Call for Submission
The Africa Gathering team will be hosting a Hackathon in Uganda (Kampala) on April 10, 11, 12, and 14 on Agriculture and Fisheries. On this occasion, Hackers will also be invited to submit their ideas for the development the Africa Progress Panel APP. Tech Innovators will meet to share ideas about the App development in form of Hackathon.

Requirements
The App must be accessible in all tablets and in all countries. The name of the Africa Progress Panel mobile app will be called APP. It should be also accessible when offline. The APP must be visually attractive; colours of the Africa Progress Panel will be used as a based of design development.

Selection
A team of designers, developers and coders will make the Selection of the top five entries. We will evaluate entries based on relevance to the visual eloquence of the APP in relation to the mandate of the Africa Progress Panel: creativity, Look and feel, usage friendly, access and originality.

Prize
The winner will receive an APP certificate of recognition and a signed letter from the Chair of the Africa Progress Panel (Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General). The winner will also be offered the opportunity to work “virtually” as an intern with the APP Media and Communications team based in Geneva. The Africa Gathering team in London will offer a six months on-going mentorship to the Winner or Winning team.

Eligibility
This is a Continental contest. It is open to anyone regardless of age, country of origin.

Entry Fee
There is no participation fee, but food and refreshment will be provided in Uganda.

Submissions
The APP development submission is exclusively online. Your APP ideas must be sent to the Africa Gathering Team: info@africagathering.org no later than Apr 20, 2014. An online participation to the Ugandan Hackhathon is open to all applicants, check out www.africagathering.org for the livetream and for more information.

Announcement of the Winner
The winner of the app development will be notified by email prior to an announcement appearing on the website.

Disclaimer
By entering the contest, you agreed to our Terms and Conditions. The full terms and conditions of this competition can be found here.


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