Deadline: 30 June, 2020

UNICEF has partnered with Cartedo to empower youths across Africa to solve a series of global grand challenges and positively impact communities while developing employability skills. They believe that youths have unique perspectives on these challenges and should be given the opportunity to become knowledge producers.

The challenge gives youths a voice in exploring how they might empower people and communities to become more pandemic-resilient. It also offers youths the opportunity to develop future-ready employability skills like design thinking while contributing to the global efforts to tackle Covid-19. As they progress through the challenge, they will use a human-centred design approach to discover how Covid-19 is impacting real people in different ways, define those challenges from a human-centred perspective, and develop innovative solutions to those challenges.

Benefits

  • All participants that complete the challenge in the prescribed format will receive a certificate of completion authorised by UNICEF, Botnar Foundation, Generation Unlimited and Scouts
  • ₦100,000 or $265 (based on exchange rates) for the best idea every week for the first four weeks of the challenge
  • NITDA shall provide two slots of mentorship for the Covid-19 challenge winners in Nigeria. The mentorship will consist of eight different direct interactions with NITDA, consisting of 30 minutes each
  • Lagos CCHub shall provide six mentorship sessions to top achievers of the Covid-19 challenge. These sessions will focus on business advisory as well as research and user design advisory. The top achievers will also receive a featured writeup about themselves and their solutions in the CCHub newsletter
  • Lagos Innovates shall provide mentorship to two top achievers who will also be introduced to the Lagos innovation ecosystem, corporate and government agencies
  • Lagos Innovates is also offering workspace vouchers to the top three teams from Lagos (please note that they will not offer vouchers to teams who have won other Covid-19 challenges)
  • SAEDConnect is offering mentorship to two top achievers from Nigeria, consisting of eight separate sessions with key mentors (30 minutes each)
  • Jobberman shall provide free CV reviews to the top 20 winners, free soft skills training and a cover story featuring the winners
  • The ten best ideas emerging out of Malawi will receive free incubation for three months through the Social Impact Incubator
  • Ventures Platform shall provide five mentorship slots, five partnership introductions and five investment readiness assessments to top achievers from Nigeria

Eligibility

  • Anyone over the age of 14 who identifies as a youth
To apply and for more information, click here.
Photo source: Cartedo

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