#ScienceAfrica UnConference & Africa Data Challenge!

1st floor, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
November 18, 2014

Our #ScienceAfrica UnConference is back for a second year in London! Beginning with a morning of panel debates and workshops, it’s all about interaction and open discussion, part of our work to build a broad coalition of those passionate about science in Africa. It’s free for all to attend, kindly funded by our Partners Forum group, and we hope will help continue to drive collaboration and partnerships, as well as help us define our programme priorities for 2015.

We are also excited to be running our first ‘Africa Data Challenge’ in the afternoon, where participants will be invited to pitch for project seed funding of up to £7000 for their ideas related to the emerging data revolution.

While much has been talked about the ‘Data revolution’, and of Big Data v Open Data, at the moment the practical improvements to scientific development in Africa aren’t so widely felt. So we are inviting you to be part of our Africa Data Challenge, and pitch your ideas for projects that can help translate and transmit this agenda to those on the continent. It could be a local student training programme, a workshop series for policy-makers or helping connect people online who could benefit from better understanding about making the most of data. It could be a new pilot app or platform, a university-wide campaign or mentoring of a small number of African students. It’s up to you!

Find out more here.

Full information and agendas will be sent out during October, but the day is already shaping up well with a great line up of organisations involved, including:

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The agenda includes:

9.00-10.45am: Opening panel and Q&A

  • Rt Hon Lord Boateng, PEI
  • Ms Fatima Denton, Director, Special Initiatives Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Ms Elisabeth Lipiatou, Head of Unit ‘European Neighbourhood, Africa and Gulf, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Prof Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, TWAS
  • Dr Sajitha Bashir, Education Manager, World Bank

10.45-11.15am: Break and workshop registration

11.15 – 1.00pm: Workshops, working groups and feed back to plenary, including:

  • The African Centre for Technology Studies
  • Education Fast Forward & Imagine Education
  • Elsevier
  • TechEquity
  • Dept. Science and Technology, South Africa
  • GenderInSITE

1 – 2pm: Lunch

2 – 3.30pm: Data panel followed by the Africa Data Challenge, with judges including:

  • Beejaye Kokil, Head of the Economic & Social Statistics Division, African Development Bank
  • Marieme Jamme, entrepreneur and CEO of SpotOne Global
  • David Tempest, Director of Access, Elsevier
  • Nick Perkins, Director,
  • Richard Pilling, Director, EMEA Big Data Professional Services & Analytics, Intel

3.30 – 4.00pm: Coffee break and judge deliberations

4 – 4.30pm: Award grant, feedback and take-aways

The day will include refreshments. Further announcements will be made soon but register now to add your name to the guest list – and get in touch if you’ve got something to suggest for the day.

Register now!

And in the meantime, why not enjoy our video round up again from last time.



What You Need to Know

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