1. Individuals wishing to enter the competition must be current residents of Africa. Any non-residents should consider forming a team with a resident or becoming a mentor.
2. Teams wishing to enter the competition must consist of at least one current resident of an African country.
3. Current residents should enter the appropriate region for their country (East Africa, West Africa/Central, Southern Africa). If you are unsure where your country falls here is a list: West/Central Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone East Africa: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
4. Users can enter the competition for any region, but judges will rank using a scale that penalizes (but does not disqualify) out of region participation.
5. Entry applications do not have to be developed start to finish in the given time period. The time period for entries is simply when we will be begin reviewing applications and when we will stop to let the judges begin selecting winners for the region.
6. Anyone who entered the contest last year can enter again. Projects that won last year can't re-enter, but the people behind them can.
7. It doesn't matter when your applications are developed. They can even be things that you built in the past, as long as they fit into one of the categories.
8. You can enter the competition whenever, the main thing to pay attention to is the final deadline as we won't accept applications for regions past their deadlines.
9. The brainstorming sessions will be announced via our blog and mailing list.
10. On the entry form, your team should list the title of your application, along with a description of what it does and how it addresses a climate change problem.

To ask more questions, feel free to email us at info [at] or join the discussion group.


To enter a challenge, click here but we highly recommend reading all of the following, first. You can find the rules for entry here.

The Climate Challenge centers around several strategic themes that coincide with policy decisions that will be debated and decided upon by world leaders at the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17) conference in Durban, South Africa. This creates an opportunity for decision makers who will be eager to discover, recommend, and otherwise support the applications and projects developed by competition participant. The goal is to ensure that African innovators have the opportunity to contribute their ideas to the discussion that their own and other leaders will partake in at COP17.

Perhaps more importantly than that, the Apps4Africa contest is being organized to reward the African innovators (young and old) who see their daily challenges as an opportunity to create.


West/Central Africa (Begins Oct 1, 2011 - Ends Nov 30, 2011)
Eastern Africa (Begins Oct 20, 2011 - Ends Dec 20, 2011)
Southern Africa (Begins Feb 1, 2012 - Ends Mar 30, 2012)


Entry Categories
Agriculture (Distribution)
Early Warning and/or Disaster Preparedness
Resource Management
Food Security
Health and Sanitation

Application Types
Mobile (smart phones)

Open Data Source
Crowdsourcing/Public Participation
News Aggregation



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