The United States Embassy in Addis Ababa launched its first of a series of 12 Cactons under its Ethiopian hacks as part of its annual World Innovation Awards.
The aim of the program is to promote entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in Ethiopia. Ethiopia Hacks! In collaboration with the Google Developers Group (GDG-Addis) and the Center for the Economic Environment of Women (CAWEE). Each hackathon will challenge young tech developers to identify prototype solutions to challenges in Ethiopia.
The theme of the first kakaton, held at the American Center in Addis Ababa, is entrepreneurship and participants will explore how technology can be used to support innovation and job creation.
By supporting and developing an ecosystem that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, the US Embassy invests the ability of Ethiopians to shape their future.
US Ambassador Michael Raynor noted that "… when Ethiopia begins to work hard in building a bright future, there will be challenges. But as in this competition, there are challenges to be solved, and the challenges facing Ethiopia will be resolved first and foremost by Ethiopians. "
All in all, Ethiopian hacks! The program will invest the capacity of 600 young tech knowledge, who will have the opportunity to participate and create solutions for their communities. Funding was provided jointly by the US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
The US government is committed to promoting entrepreneurship in Ethiopia as a means of encouraging local economic growth, opening up new markets for US companies, and increasing global prosperity.
The annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which takes place from November 12-18, 2018, is designed to celebrate the innovations that activate themselves and to establish entrepreneurs for potential collaborators, mentors and investors.
Since its inception in 2008, GEW has nurtured entrepreneurship throughout the world each month with millions of participants in thousands of events in nearly 170 countries.