Are you a photographer, an entrepreneur, a fashion designer or a community activist? Do you have a healthy disregard for the impossible? Well, if you are using the web and technology to do cool and extraordinary things, Google wants to hear your story.
According to the official Google Africa blog: Every day, the web is changing lives in Africa. In the next five years, 7 out of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies will be from Africa. The web is playing an important part in this development. Today we’re launching a new initiative called ‘Africa Connected; success stories powered by the web and they need your participation.
Africa Connected is a dynamic platform hosting a collection of inspirational stories of achievement and impact that demonstrate how the web and Google have enabled people in Sub-Saharan Africa to attain success and change their world. The aim of Africa Connected is to be the first and largest collection of inspiring stories, about Africans that are achieving social and economic impact by adopting the web.
The five most inspiring stories stand to win prizes of $25,000 each, and the winners will also have the opportunity to work with a Google champion to help them make their venture even more awesome.
Looking across the web in Africa, we’re already seeing awe-inspiring success stories like those of Just A Band, a music & arts collective from Kenya , or Chike, a businessman and his family from Nigeria, who are the creators of the popular Afrinolly mobile app, which already has over 3 million downloads. Other inspiring examples include Naa, a young jewelry designer from Ghana; Noel, a citizen journalist from Togo; Mdu, a young South African animator; and Asurf a self-taught filmmaker from Nigeria. All of these web heroes have used the web and Google tools to develop and scale their ideas.
Categories for contest entries include: Education, Entertainment/Arts/Sports, Technology, Community and NGOs. Competition is open from 27th August 2013 to October 31, 2013. The competition will run until February 2014 when the winners will be announced.