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The Africa 4IR Open Challenge aims to promote African University R&D and support start-ups to discover the innovation ecosystems in France and Switzerland, with the possibility of setting up cooperative ventures.

The Swiss Embassy SA / France Embassy SA  & South African Department of Science & Innovation is looking for African project holders, start-ups or research students living in Africa that have an early-stage big data, Artificial Intelligence, 4IR use case or innovation project with an interest in collaborative international partnerships and or application to industry.

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Artificial Intelligence is set to revolutionize the energy efficiency sector. The optimization of the data collection and the improvement of data analysis will help to better identify good practices and investments that can be easily profitable.

EDF/ Dassault Systèmes looking for innovative solutions that could improve processes and product and thus contribute to the growth of the sector. The theme of the challenge is; Using Artificial Intelligence to improve Energy Efficiency.

 

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The major trends driving energy consumption in sub-Saharan Africa are urbanisation and population growth. These trends are resulting in the outstanding growth of cities in sub-Saharan Africa. Even though Africa is the least urban continent, its future is undoubtedly urban. Indeed more than 600 million people or 60% of the population living in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity an Africa’s population is projected to double over the next 30 years to over 2 billion and 50% of Africans will potentially be living in cities by 2030.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” is at the core of all SDGs.

The informal economy in Africa plays a big role in the development of these cities. Indeed, in sub-Saharan Africa, informal economy represents up to 41% of GDP and provides 85.5% of total employment. This directly impacts the infrastructure of these cities, as authorities are not collecting enough taxes to finance critical infrastructure such as roads, hospitals, and power.

The Engie Energy Challenge consists of using AI and data to identify, study and map the population living in urban unconnected areas and informal settlements in order to understand and forecast the coverage of essential service needs.

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The internet era has made the world becoming more and more competitive and customer experience has become a fantastic opportunity for organisations and government institutions to distinguish themselves and get an advantage over their competitors. Within the field of customer experience, artificial intelligence (AI) can play a key role in reducing time to service customers all while improving customer satisfaction levels at a fraction of the costs.

The French South African Tech (FSAT) Labs are looking for AI solutions that improve customer experience in any form or function.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the economic imbalance in South Africa, a lack of basic necessities such as basic healthcare, food, water, energy and sanitization has subjected communities to poverty and left vulnerable.

The 4IR Incubator, therefore, challenges South African innovators to create solutions using artificial intelligence to establish a tool that can enable the government to evaluate descriptive data that will assist them to reach impoverished areas and deliver services and basic necessities with speed.

 

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Did you know that $23billion is robbed from the global economy every year by illegal fishing!

Within a context of global Blue Economy development actions must be undertaken against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing through global enforcement. Fishing is carefully monitored and controlled in most modern societies in order to use natural resources most efficiently.

Fishing requires a permit, quotas are allocated, seasonality and size must be respected and specific gear used for specific fishing. A breach of any of these regulations constitutes illegal fishing.

Then, how could we best leverage Artificial Intelligence to prevent breaches of fishing regulations / illegal fishing?

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The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in partnership with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is pleased to announce a call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to host the Industrial Biocatalysis Hub (IBH). 

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To apply to host the IBH, interested institutions are requested to complete the  EOI form.

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In response to this pandemic and in the absence of treatments and preventative vaccines, the BRICS STI Framework Programme, is launching a call for multilateral basic, applied and innovation research projects in an effort to facilitate cooperation among the researchers and institutions in the five BRICS countries.

Proposals in the following five thematic areas will be considered:

  1. Research and development of new technologies/tools for diagnosing COVID-19; 
  2. Research and development of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs, including repurposing of available vaccines and drugs;
  3. Genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 and studies on the epidemiology and mathematical modelling of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  4. AI, ICT and HPC oriented research for COVID-19 drugs design, vaccine development, treatment, clinical trials and public health infrastructures and systems; and
  5. Epidemiological studies and clinical trials to evaluate the overlap of SARS-CoV-2 and comorbidities, especially tuberculosis.

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OpenHIE COVID-19 Task Force is identifying and developing standards for data exchange and interoperability as part of the digital COVID-19 response. Digital Square/PATH, through this RFA, seeks to partner with sub-recipients that are able to adapt the outputs from the OpenHIE COVID-19 Task Force into global goods in order to better support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

The COVID-19 Task Force actively works toward identifying, coordinating, and proposing data standards and data exchange patterns relevant to the COVID-19 response. While data flow and harmonization is critical, this RFA recognizes the value of the health workforce and supply chains in this space and, as such, invites applications that will adopt the Task Force’s guidance.

Please refer to the full Request for Application here 

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The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Embassy of France in South Africa are calling for research teams from a French or South African public university, research institute or enterprises willing to acquire new technology, to submit applications for the French South African Tech Transfer Bridge Program. The Program is a flexible and year-round program with the main aim of facilitating cooperation between research teams, technology transfer offices and industrial players in France and South Africa, who are in the final phases of contracting or testing the relevance of their technologies for industrial use.  

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The Bpifrance Challenge has opened 2020 applications for African startups looking to expand to France and Europe. The challenge is for startups looking to raise funds, between €1 and €3 million, to finance that expansion

The requirements are to have either small ongoing operations in France and/or Europe or to have some tangible actions done to prepare this expansion (partnerships secured, letters of intent from customers.)

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