Call to action

The United Nations Commission for Africa invite youths from all walks of life to the first COVID-19 Innovation Competition and Design Bootcamp 2020, to be held virtually from 15-26 June 2020. The Bootcamp will bring together a selected number of students from across Africa and the world. It will be organized through a major online platform, for promoting innovation and instilling entrepreneurial competencies and imparting technical skills that may not be taught at colleges and universities in Africa (e.g. coding mobile devices, rapid prototyping with 3D Printing etc). Students will work in teams to address common challenges, attend classes and access mentors and coaches.

At the end of the two weeks, excellence awards will be offered to teams that display extraordinary innovation and entrepreneurial talent in their project concept, design and implementation in four categories: i) novelty of the concept, b) potential economic impact, c) potential social impact and iv) potential health impact.

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The bootcamp is open to all youths up to the age of 30. Moreover, UNECA is looking  for professionals in research centres, innovation hubs, universities and institutes as well as government and business leaders to serve as talent scouts, mentors, coaches and guest lecturers.

The preliminary programme is available at

Submission deadline for experts and mentors: 17:00 hrs East African Time of 05 June 2020. (it will be extended), please sign up here:

For more further questions: Mr. Asfaw Yitna at [email protected]

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