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The many issues facing the African continent concerning food, energy, healthcare, and many other services taken for granted in various areas of the globe continue to dominate headlines.  Those issues bring the heads of nations to the table to speak seriously on what we all can do to address crises that arise in any part of the world.  If each of us were to take steps in our own lives to examine the way we go about our daily routines, there could be some miraculous improvements.  Take a look at a company in Africa that is dedicated to that concept – and the well-deserved recognition they’ve received for their work!  Notably, they were a recipient of a Genesis Generation Prize in 2015.  Click the logo below to learn about this exciting company in Nairobi, Kenya…



Check out some of the awards and accolades Sanergy has garnered.  And, their reach extends beyond the places in which inhabitants live…  Read about:

Scaling sanitation in schools: Sanergy’s partnership with the SWASH+ Consortium

Sanergy’s School WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) program aims to raise students’ awareness of the importance of hygienic sanitation. Over the last year, Sanergy has made good progress toward this goal, training teachers from 109 primary schools in the Mukuru and Kamukunji areas of Nairobi. Of these, 90 schools have now installed Fresh Life Toilets for their students.


Take a look, too, at this site & think about becoming a competitor…

Genesis Generation Challenge

The Genesis Generation Challenge welcomes multi-disciplinary teams of young adults to propose big ideas to better the world. Each team must consist of approximately 10 individuals and must designate a team leader (age 20-36). Other team members must be 18 years or older. Teams may represent nonprofit or for profit entities. Because the idea must offer a sustainable and scalable solution to an important problem, we are seeking social entrepreneurs and others with experience delivering projects with lasting and innovative change in their communities and the world.

Maybe your submission will bring about a remarkable change that leaves your imprint on civilization!

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September 28th, 2015

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There are quite a few of our student members who are interested in this use for apps.  Y’all should consider competing for prizes.

You’ve never had a better reason to sign up and learn Bluemix! Devpost, the home for hackers, has just launched a new challenge sponsored by developerWorks: Bluemixathon: Operation Rescue and Recovery. Use your coding skills to solve humanitarian issues by creating Bluemix apps to ease the logistics crises that arise during natural or man-made disasters.

Running through November 11, submit your Bluemix app solution. Winners will be announced December 10th.

The contest is open to developers residing in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), China (including Hong Kong), France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, United Kingdom, and United States

You can achieve recognition and win prizes, but most of all, you can experience the satisfaction of helping those trying to survive in the aftermath of a life-altering disaster. Sign up today! Get all the details on eligibility and criteria at the Bluemixathon Challenge site on Devpost.



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September 24th, 2015

Interested in having your students hone their Bluemix skills, while learning how to build mobile Internet of Things applications for the future? IBM has partnered with Four Years from Now and three global telecommunications service providers including (AT&T, Rogers, and KPN) to bring students and seasoned developers the Global Mobile Innovators Tournament (

Over a fifty-day period, students can enhance their cloud development skills, while creating world class applications based around three Internet of Things topics including: Smart Homes and Buildings, Connected Travel and Transportation, and Smarter Healthcare.

This is the once in a lifetime opportunity for students of varied skill levels to participate in an international tournament, while showcasing their skills in mobile app development to a global audience and major enterprises.

Participation Benefits:

1.    Access Bluemix at no-charge
2.    See ideas come to life, while strengthening cloud skills
3.    Earn professional recognition and publicity
4.    Explore potential partnerships and business opportunities
5.    Obtain free mentorship from IBM and its partners
6.    Be featured on the IBM Bluemix App Showcase
7.    Join a world changing ecosystem and network with thousands of 4YFN attendees
8.    Experience The Mobile World Congress 2016 for the finalists where they can demonstrate their applications on the global stage in Barcelona – on us!

To participate, please visit:

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Discovery, exploration, challenges and breakthroughs.  All these elements are part of the continuous changes that take place in the technology landscape around us.  To keep pace and bring us into the future, a new generation of curious minds must be engaged.  Governments and educational institutions across the globe are intent on making that happen!

Read about this program in Africa that seeks to tap into the wonderful reserves of ‘imagination’ within their people…

Botswana Ministry introduces e-nnovation

“Botswana’s Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) is developing ways of getting the local youth to chart the technology waters by coming up with programmes that allow them to be innovative for the benefit of the nation”


And here is the link to the detail page for applications and funding:

Botswana e-nnovation Youth

Empowerment Programme (eYEP)

Opportunities for Africans

There are programs of this sort to be found in all corners of the world – seek out similar opportunities in your area…  Your drive and talent are needed!

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