Another day, another innovation competition in which African startups have been invited to enter. This time is it the Nokia Open Innovation Challenge that is calling for applicants. The theme is the Internet of Things, which basically means anything that can connect to the internet and engage with other things, like vehicles, fitness bands and even fridges.

I can envisage so many applications for such technology in Africa, from regulating air conditioning units in offices and houses to security cameras systems for neighbourhood watch schemes.

“At Nokia we envision a future that’s marked by a whole new way of being – that of automated, connected experiences tailored to people’s needs. We believe in the benefits of harvesting the data produced by everything for everyone by turning it into new groundbreaking possibilities.”

Applications are open to August the 15th and the prize pot is worth €100,000.



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