The challenge was first launched in Egypt in 2016 by Intel Corporation in collaboration with the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. It then expanded to become the Arab IoT and AI Challenge, including 12 Arab countries. And now, Africa is connected! Africa IoT and AI Challenge started last year with 6 participating countries: Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia, and Uganda. This year we have 25 participating countries, with 19 more African countries participating this year.