Tech NGO to host first ‘Africa Data Challenge’ conference in UK

The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) NGO announced hosting the first ‘Africa Data Challenge’ conference at Impact HUB, Westminster, on 18 November.
"During the ‘Africa Data Challenge’, innovators will pitch ideas for data-driven projects that achieve practical, human impact in Africa," the NGO said in a statement on Wednesdsay.
The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) is an international NGO and charity working for the scientific independence of Africa.
"While the ‘data revolution’ is a major theme in conversations on technology and business, there’s little discussion on how it can enhance Africa’s scientific development in a practical way," the statement added.
"The ‘Africa Data Challenge’ invites innovators from around the world to pitch their ideas for projects that can help translate and transmit the power of data to those on the continent. Projects are unlimited in scope and focus, but must be designed to have a practical, human application in the next 12 months," the statement mentioned.
Winners will be rewarded with a cash prize of £7,000 and will receive PEI’s support to roll out their project, according to PEI's statement. 
In related news, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that Egyptian presidency spokesperson Alaa Youssef said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met on Tuesday with young specialists in various fields of electronic applications and programs. 
Sisi announced during the meeting the establishment of a state-owned company assigned to those industries with a capital of LE10 billion to provide job opportunities for youth, to give hope to young people in a better future, and to emphasize the state's interest in small and medium-sized projects. He pointed out the company's capital could be doubled.
Youssef added that Sisi stressed during the meeting the government's keenness to circulate an e-dimension on all the services provided to citizens, thus contributing to improving the quality of these services and making information available to everyone in a framework of transparency, as well as contributing to anti-corruption efforts.
The president also met at the presidential headquarters with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb and Minister of Investment Salman Ashraf, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm
Ashraf displayed plans for restructuring distressed public sector companies.

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