Updated Jun 12, 2019CLOSED

Big Data for Development Innovation Program

The BD4D Innovation Program (BD4D-IP) aims to support emerging young African data scientists to generate innovative solutions that leverage new and non-traditional sources of data to address development challenges.
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CLOSEDJun 14, 2019Deadline
Up to $10,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 1: Ideation, Stage 2: Research & Development and Stage 3: Proof of Concept
Created inRwanda
Implemented in:
Focus AreasYouth Engagement and Contribution (Youth)
Financial Sector & Investment (Economic Growth and Trade)
Nutrition (Health)
The BD4D-IP aims to:

Build knowledge and skills in Design Thinking and Big Data Analytics and Techniques
Provide an opportunity to apply big data tools and techniques to solve development challenges
Provide a platform to network and collaborate for emerging young African data scientists
Young African data scientists will use big data tools and techniques to solve one of the following challenges:

Youth Employment
Financial Inclusion
Food Security

The applications are open to young African data scientists and engineers based in Rwanda who are interested in using big data tools and techniques to solve development challenges. Applicants should be interested in learning how to become creative problem solvers and be committed to generating innovative data solutions to help advance development in their country and in the region.

Applicants must apply in teams of minimum 2 and maximum 3 people. Teams are encouraged to combine skills in data science and data engineering.
Applicants must choose one challenge they wish to solve. They can apply to the program with or without an existing solution idea (they may generate their solution idea as they go through the program).
All applicants must be able to attend all training sessions and dedicate time additionally to continue developing their solution ideas.

Application And Awards Process

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