Photo Credits: Jack Zalium

If you want to win a chance to attend the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015’s award ceremony, in Morocco, in May 2015 then read on….

While the IPA screening process is under way to select the nominees, we are proud to launch the African Digital Art challenge (#AfrinnovChallenge), to engage with our community and better understand how Africans perceive innovation, across Africa.

Do you want to showcase innovators or the innovation ecosystem around you? Or… Do you want to share what African innovation means to you? If you can answer these questions this question with a photography, graphic design, infographics, audio/visual production (2D/3D animation or short films)…

Here is your invitation to participate!

Why? We would like to promote innovative solutions to development challenges within Africa while understanding the African’s perspectives on innovation, showcasing its transformative power and empowering nature.

What? Submit a piece of digital art showcasing innovators or the innovation ecosystem around you or sharing what African innovation/Innovation in Africa means to you!

How? Make sure to incorporate in your work – “Your_Name/African Innovation Foundation’s African Digital Art challenge” (All submissions without will be refused). Email us the filled and signed Entry Form, and your work, at
Deadline? Submit your entries before February 15th 2015 at 11:59pm GMT.

What then? We will then share the pictures on a Facebook album and the videos on Youtube, with the hashtag #AfrinnovChallenge and you will have to get votes – more than 150 to be considered as a finalist

11 criteria

  • It is exclusively open to Africans: Individuals in Africa or abroad – Teams are allowed, but, if you win, only 1 representative will be allowed.
  • One submission per contestant/team.
  • Relevance: Clearly answers the questions – What does African innovation or innovation in Africa means to you?
  • Africa-focused: Make sure your work reflects Africa innovatively.
    Vision: Reflect AIF and IPA’s vision (see above)
  • Originality/Creativity: The idea MUST be original (no plagiarism)
  • 5 priority areas: Special focus given to one of the following agriculture/Agribusiness, Environment/energy/water, Health/well-being, ICT, Manufacturing/service industry
  • All submissions must be in English or have English subtitles
  • Images must be in an easily downloadable format.
  • Videos must be 1 to 3 minutes.
  • Agree to share your work under a creative common license – Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives, with the credit to you and the African Innovation Foundation.

To win…. Ask your friends to vote for you!

We will send you an email when your work is uploaded and you will have to get more than 150 likes, to be considered as a contestant to be a finalist!
Round 1: The first ten (10) finalists will be the ones with the most likes
Round 2: The final two (2) winners, will be selected from the ten (10) finalists – 50% by public voting and 50% by the AIF core team.

And now… the prize!

The first 2 winners will be invited to attend the #IPA2015 award ceremony, where you will have the chance to network with innovators and leaders in their field.

You will also have their video/image shown at the gala venue in Morocco, as well as the chance to continue working with AIF on the Foundation’s creative material, should you wish to.
By being part of the event, you will gain recognition via our IPA brand, increased opportunities to attract investments, media and social media coverage attention, and the chance to positively transform the African innovation landscape.

The African Digital Art challenge (#AfrinnovChallenge) is open to African, in Africa and abroad (diaspora).
We look forward to receiving your videos and images before February 15th 2015 (11:59pm GMT), at, with the signed Entry Form.
If you want more information, please read the call for application or email us if you have any questions!

Oh and… Don’t forget to follow us on social media!
Twitter: @AfrinnovFdn ; @IPAPrize
Facebook: African Innovation Foundation ; Innovation Prize for Africa

We are so excited to hear how you view innovation – “The future we innovate”!
By Sarah Clavel, Social Media manager for the African Innovation Foundation.