Africa IOT & AI Challenge



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Main Partners


IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

The IEEE Technology and Engineering Management

The IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society, encompasses the management sciences and practices required for defining, implementing, and managing engineering and technology. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to: technology policy development, assessment, and transfer; research; product design and development; manufacturing operations; innovation and entrepreneurship; program and project management; strategy; education and training; organizational development and human behavior; transitioning to management; and the socioeconomic impact of engineering and technology management.

IEEE Africa Council

IEEE Africa Council is the umbrella organization which provides a centralized coordinating body of all IEEE Sections and Subsections in the African region. It is formed by the Sections and Subsections to do only those delegated tasks that can be best done together by the Sections and Subsections rather than singly by each Section or Subsection.

Official Sponsor


Benya is the leading digital solutions and ICT infrastructure provider in Egypt and the MEA Region. Through its subsidiaries that operate across various ICT verticals. Benya offers a wealth of products, services and digital solutions including telecommunication services, cloud, and security solutions, hyperscale data centers, manufacturing technology-based solutions and systems integration. With its existing range of service offerings, coupled with its solid expansion plans to provide a comprehensive ICT value chain, Benya has established a sound reputation as a key enabler of digital transformation. Benya is positioned and recognized as the partner of choice for both public and private sector clients and remains committed to digitally transforming nations and businesses, eventually enhancing the lives of the communities we serve. Benya is dedicated to building a digitally united and smart MEA Region.

FinTech Track Sponsor

Banque Misr

Banque Misr has funded many businesses spanning across multiple domestic sectors, such as: textiles, insurance, transportation, aviation, entertainment and filmmaking. Currently, BM owns shares in 157 companies across different fields ranging from finance, tourism, housing, agriculture and food, and communication and information technology. Banque Misr has also established major investment funds in Egypt, as part of a diversified portfolio, was granted an award by the Global Finance as Best Provider of Money Market Funds in the Middle East for 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and Best Provider of Short-Term Investments/Money Market Funds in the Middle East for the years 2015,2016, 2017,2018, 2020 and 2021 and in Africa and middle east for 2019.

Media Sponsors

AI Media PTY Ltd

The AI Media Group is building for the long term and has created a sustainable community-based movement that welcomes a diverse set of people from all 4 corners of Africa. Telling the “GOOD NEWS” story about innovation and entrepreneurism in the African artificial intelligence & data science sector.

Loghat El Asr Magazine

A subsidiary of Al-Ahram News, a magazine specializing in technology, computers and the Internet in Egypt and the Middle East. Is the most widely circulating Egyptian daily newspaper.

Organizing Partners


Ideaspace is an innovation platform that enables innovators and the innovation ecosystem members to have a new era of technology and development and helps create breakthroughs in the future of business through enabling deep innovation in all domains.


WAKANDAI is a technology savvy investment firm. AI “Artificial Intelligence ” solutions & applications are our main focus. We are at the dawn of a defining era in human history, Where AI together with new technologies as Blockchain & IOT “ Internet of Things” will change forever our way of living. WAKANDAI is committed to bring AI solutions & applications that would shape the next decade as an era for enlightenment & prosperity.

The Global innovation & Entrepreneurship (GIE)

The Global innovation & Entrepreneurship (GIE) Company works on a mission, to support the innovation ecosystem, in MENA region and worldwide. Managing different projects, programs and initiatives in the domains of innovation and entrepreneurship in different categories, from Education, Science, Technology and Robotics across the MENA region and the global, Inspiring generations of innovators capable of changing tomorrow and help making the world a better place.

Technical Partners


Gearbox is a non-profit space around which a supportive ecosystem for hardware entrepreneurs is provided so as to create a pipeline of hardware-based businesses. The ultimate projected capacity of Gearbox is to house a collection of machines for design and prototyping of all classes of materials, from metals to wood, plastics to electronics, concrete and ceramics, and more.

Software AG

Founded in 1969, Software AG is an enterprise software company with over 10,000 enterprise customers in over 70 countries. The company is the second largest software vendor in Germany, and the seventh largest in Europe.


@iLabAfrica is a Centre of Excel­lence in ICT Innov­a­tion and Devel­op­ment established in January 2011 under the Faculty of Information Technology at Strathmore University. The Centre spearheads Research and Innovation in Information Communication Technology for the Development (ICT4D) of ecosystems towards the attainment of the UN SDGs and Kenya’s Vision 2030.


InstaDeep delivers AI-powered decision-making systems for the Enterprise. With expertise in both machine intelligence research and concrete business deployments, we provide a competitive advantage to our customers in an AI-first world.

Academic Partners

Nile University (NU)

Nile University (NU) is a world class research institution of learning committed to excellence in education and research. NU is a national (Ahleya), non-governmental and non-profit university and a leader in technology and business education in Egypt and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Its business and technology-based programs and research centers are designed to address critical areas of vital importance to the economic growth and prosperity of the people of Egypt and the region and to engage in cutting edge applied research.

The Arab Academy

The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) is one of the specialized organizations of The League of Arab States, whose member-states are participants in the AASTMT. It has been involved in various fields of education, training, scientific research and community service since its establishment in 1972, offers its services to students from the entire Arab world, as well as those from African countries.

The University of Dubai (UD)

The University of Dubai (UD) was established in 1997 by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry the programs have been accredited by the Ministry of Education in the UAE as well as by the best international accreditation bodies in the world like AACSB and ABET The University of Dubai offers an extraordinary variety of programs in: Business Administration Information System Security Electrical Engineering

Mohammed V University

Mohammed V University (Université Mohammed-V de Rabat), in Rabat, Morocco, was founded in 1957 under a royal decree (Dahir). It is the first modern university in Morocco after the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez.

The University of Sfax

The University of Sfax is a university located in Sfax, Tunisia. It was founded in 1986 and is organized in 8 Faculties. It was founded in 1986 under the name University of the South and then covers all academic institutions in the South. It is divided into three universities, including the current University of Sfax, with the creation of the University of Gabes in 2003 and the University of Gafsa in 2004.

Strathmore University

Strathmore University is a chartered university based in Nairobi, Kenya Strathmore College was started in 1961, as the first multi-racial, multi-religious advanced-level sixth form college offering science and arts subjects, by a group of professionals who formed a charitable educational trust.


Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) seeks and creates opportunities in technology and management sciences through innovative research, partnerships, students and alumni engagement. It is the only university in Uganda that has successfully infused the teaching and learning processes with appropriate information and communications technologies.

Meru University of Science and Technology

Meru University of Science and Technology plays a leading role in the development and expansion of opportunities for higher education and research. This indeed is the culmination of a process that has seen the University achieve tremendous growth in curriculum development, staff capacity development, student enrolment, infrastructure development as well as research and collaborations.

Kampala International University

Kampala International University (KIU) is a private, not-for-profit institution based in Uganda. It was established in 2001 and assumed chartered status in 2009. In pursuit of the dream to raise the next generation of problem solvers for the East African region and indeed the whole of Africa.

Soroti University

Soroti University is being established as “developmental university” that will become the engine for community engagement, empowerment and development. The programs and activities in the university are shaped by the desire to transform lives, communities and the nation while responding to international and other emerging society needs.

Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

IDI plays an integral role in the Ugandan health care system having developed strong and enduring links with the Ministry of Health (MoH) through its long-term support of MoH facilities in the districts, Regional Referral Hospitals, and MoH headquarters functions; through its contribution to technical working groups; and through the key role played by the Institute in the national referral system.

Mbarara University of Science & Technology

MUST encourage its students to engage in the academic extramural activities, join associations and clubs. From inception 30 years ago, MUST adopted a multidisciplinary and community-oriented approach to training through Community Based Education, Research and Services, students twinning program, internships and industrial placements, all of which are aimed at producing fit-for-purpose graduates that understand community challenges.

Ndejje University

The University is founded on Christian principles and teachings based on the Bible, the Apostles’ Creed and the basic doctrines and practices espoused by The Anglican Church of Uganda and summarized by the University’s Motto: “Fear of God Brings Knowledge and Wisdom”.

Uganda Industrial Research Institute

Uganda Industrial Research Institute is a government parastatal organization under the auspices of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI). The institution that was established by an act of parliament in 2002 is a competence and capability center that champions innovations, translates applied research results into practical applications that lead to high quality efficient industrial products, processes and creates highly skilled human resources.

Official Partners

Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is a Ministry created in 2011 as Ministry of Communication Technology. It was created to foster a knowledge-based economy and information society in Nigeria. The Ministry was created to facilitate ICT as a key tool in the transformation agenda for Nigeria in the areas of job creation, economic growth and transparency of governance.

Ministry of ICT & National Guidance

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and National Guidance was established in June 2006 with a mandate of providing strategic and technical leadership, overall coordination, support and advocacy on all matters of policy, laws, regulations and strategy for the ICT sector. It also ensures sustainable, efficient and effective development, harnessing and utilization of ICT in all spheres of life to enable the country achieve its national development goals.

Ministry of Education And Sports

One of Uganda’s key social service delivery areas, responsible for critical government programmes such as Universal Primary Education (UPE), Universal Post Primary Education and Training (UPPET) as well as sports for enhancing citizens’ wellness/health/productivity and the country’s image.

National Information Technology Development Agency

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and co-ordinate general IT development in the country. NITDA is poised to actualize its mammoth mandate through strategic and inclusive stakeholder management, local and international partnership and efficient utilization of resources in the interest of Nigeria

National Information Technology Authority

The National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) is an autonomous statutory body established under the NITA-U Act 2009, to coordinate and regulate Information Technology services in Uganda. NITA-U is under the general supervision of the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance.

Nigerian Communications Commission

The Nigerian Communications Commission is the independent National Regulatory Authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria. The Commission is responsible for creating an enabling environment for competition among operators in the industry as well as ensuring the provision of qualitative and efficient telecommunications services throughout the country.

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations Tunisie

The Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations or CDC is a Tunisian public institution founded in Tunis on September 13 , 2011. Its mission is to manage savings funds and finance SMEs. Since 2016, its general manager has been Boutheina Ben Yaghlane.


Association Tunisienne pour l’Intelligence Artificielle, ATIA

The Tunisian Association for Artificial Intelligence, ATIA, comes in response to today’s changing needs and rapidly evolving technologies requiring artificial intelligence to provide decision support tools and solutions to better understand, predict and influence the human decision-making of large groups and populations. ATIA aims to promote the role of socio-economic lever of Artificial Intelligence for the benefit of society and individuals.

Strategic Partners

IEEE Tunisia Section

IEEE Tunisia Section aims to spread IEEE Activities to all corners of the country by educational and technical activities, human networking, and to develop technology and its applications for humanitarian challenges. The section supports Chapters, special interest groups, student activities and student awards.

IEEE Nigeria Section

Today IEEE Nigeria section has over 969 active members among the over 2,500 ranging from seasoned professionals to undergraduate students. The Nigerian Chapter with headquarters presently in Port Harcourt has one sub-section and several societies and affinity groups.

IEEE Ghana Section

IEEE Ghana Section aims to spread IEEE Activities to all corners of the country by educational and technical activities, human networking, and to develop technology and its applications for humanitarian challenges. The section supports Chapters, special interest groups, student activities and student awards.

IEEE Uganda Section

IEEE Uganda Section aims to spread IEEE Activities to all corners of the country by educational and technical activities, human networking, and to develop technology and its applications for humanitarian challenges. The section supports Chapters, special interest groups, student activities and student awards.

IEEE Kenya Section

IEEE Kenya Section aims to spread IEEE Activities to all corners of the country by educational and technical activities, human networking, and to develop technology and its applications for humanitarian challenges. The section supports Chapters, special interest groups, student activities and student awards.

Local Challnges Organizers


The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) was established in 1965 after the amalgamation of the three existing Chambers of Commerce at the time: the Asian, African and European Chambers mandated to protect and develop the interests of the business community. For over 400 years, the Chambers of Commerce have been a necessary and dependable intermediary between government, business and the general public in a bid to foster good relations that allow trade to prosper.

Novation City

Novation City is thought of creatively: Innovation as a driver of development to produce the most added value by relying on intelligent structures and the know-how of qualified human capital.


Uganda Technology And Management University Research and Innovation City (UTAMURIC) is an umbrella Research and Innovation non-profit organisation that promotes research, innovation, business incubation and startups in Africa. Its head office is at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU).

Digital Africa

Digital Africa brings together a multinational community of partners who support Africa’s digital entrepreneurs – incubators, financial institutions, venture capitalists and tech clusters. The French Development Agency (AFD) was the driving force behind the creation of Digital Africa and continues to be a major partner.

The IEEE Morocco Section

The IEEE Morocco Section is located in Region 8 and was formed on 18 November 2004.The technical objectives of the IEEE Morocco Section focus on advancing the theory and practice of electrical, electronics and computer engineering and computer science.

Borg El Arab Innovation Cluster

Borg El Arab Innovation Cluster is the First Cluster Of its kind in Egypt marking the first cooperation between the government and the private sector in Innovation The consortium consists of four academic institutions, 8 ICT companies, and 4 Innovation support companies.

Strategic Partners


IEEE Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Internet of Things (IEEE GCAIoT) is a leading forum for researchers, practitioners and stakeholders from academia, industry and government to share their latest research contributions, and exchange knowledge with the common goal of shaping the future of the interaction among AI, ML, IoT, 5G, and related technologies to foster digital transformation and develop sustainable, smart cities.


Africa Information & Communication Technologies Alliance (AfICTA) is a concerned private sector led alliance of ICT Associations, Multi-national Corporations, Companies, Organisations and individuals in the ICT sector in Africa.

SMART Africa

SMART Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.


UWRChallenges is a series of annual Underwater Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Challenges that occurs in the MENA Region powered by the Underwater Robotics Research Center.


Minesweepers is an international robotic competition on humanitarian demining that aims at motivating researchers and developers to work on innovative solutions for this serious problem.

Orange Corners

Orange Corners supports young entrepreneurs with growing their businesses through our incubation and acceleration programmes. Furthermore, we also run several programmes that are focused on strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem, involving education, policy making and skills building.


Cultiv is a collective of interdependent companies working on a diverse set of activities related to innovation. The members of Cultiv include Innoventures, Ideaspace and GIE, among others, which have been operating in this field since 2011.


AfricArena is an African tech accelerator that runs Corporate Open Innovation challenges throughout the African continent.Going into its fifth year, AfricArena has the privilege of operating in three key spheres that underpin Africa’s economic landscape. These being: tech startups, corporations, and investors (i.e. angel investors, VCs, CVCs and other institutional investors).


Startup.Network is an professional network for participants on the venture market: startups, private investors and professional consultants.Which helps entrepreneurs quickly find the first round of investment for their startups.

Delta Square

Delta Square LLC is an Innovation Enablement Platform that ignites innovation mainly in new and emerging technologies; through capacity building, pre-incubation programs and competitions with a vision of breaking barriers between people and technology.

Startup Reactor

Startup Reactor is a 6-month program entrepreneurship program aimed at supporting and accelerating startups in Egypt with a high potential to have accelerated growth, Selected Startups will receive mentoring, training, support services, and possibly a monetary investment.


IEEE ENSIAS Student Branch is a basic operating organizational unit of IEEE constituted by students and graduated students of ENSIAS. The ENSIAS’s Student Branch members are gathered in order to begin networking in their areas of interest, work on real projects, benefit from career development tools and develop critical skills outside of the classroom, along with organising events and participate in competitions

IEEE Technical University

IEEE Technical University of Kenya Student Branch, and they cover everything from technical talks, to social events, to final year project awards! If you are looking to develop organizational, leadership, and teamwork skills alongside the technical ones – they can certainly cover for that!

IEEE University of Nairobi

IEEE University of Nairobi UoN Student Branch was founded in 2018 in the hope of bringing students together to apply class content in the real world by coming up with innovating solutions that will stimulate The Kenyan Vision 2030 achievement