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Apps4Africa: Using Crowdsourced Mobile Apps to Tackle Climate Change

Categories: Events, Feature

Apps4Africa [1] is an effort by a Ugandan software company started in 2009 with the idea of trying to help people in Africa use technology to their benefit. The first competition was held in 2010 in East Africa which encouraged civil society, academia and private sector organizations together with African technology innovators to develop mobile applications that address local climate change adaptation challenges. The Apps4Africa challenge is now spreading to southern African countries [2] [fr] and during February – March 2012 it is being hosted in several countries of this region. On last March 16th a campaign event was organized in the Madagascar capital Antananarivo.


The categories of mobile applications for the competition are:

- Agriculture (distribution)
– Disaster, early warning, resource management,
– Forestry / Deforestation, Transport / Traffic / emissions,
– Food Security, Livestock, Health and Sanitation

The last date for submission is 30th of March, 2012 [2] [fr].


Marieme Jamme inaugurating the Apps4Africa Madagascar. Image by Thierry Ratsiz. CC BY-NC-ND

Malagasy blogger and a member of the Rising Voices grantee Foko Blog Club The Cyber Observer [5] writes:

March 16th, 2012: This is a very important date for the newly born NGO: Malagasy i-Hub, because it hosted the second edition of Apps4Africa for the Southern region of Africa. It gathered some Malagasy techies, bloggers, NGOs, associations, entrepreneurs, IT developers, and innovators. [..]


Apps4Africa Madagascar participants. Image couresy Antahiana

This meeting was organized mainly for sensitizing to the emergency of finding solutions to climate change, solutions which have to involve telecommunication / internet technologies, and also for informing about the project contest (Madagascar will compete against other 04 African countries in the Southern region). This event will continue today at the Malagasy Press Center, Antsakaviro, Antananarivo, Madagascar from 10 to 02pm Madagascar time.

Here is Brett Bruen [6] from co sponsor US Embassy in Madagascar discussing about the Apps4Africa competition: