The Botnar Challenge

In June, we launched #thebotnarchallenge, an initiative aimed at fostering collaboration between young people in Europe and Tanzania to find innovative solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Tanzania.


We asked one question: "How can we improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Tanzania using AI and digital solutions?"


We recieved some truly innovative concepts, from an AI powered smart health assistant, to leveraging data analytics to help mitigate violence against young people. 


After a long judging period, our team of experts released the 12 semi-finalists on August 12th. They had the opportunity to recieve coaching from innovation experts and local partners to develop their concept. 


On September 14th, our panelists chose the four finalists:


  • Yapili: An all-around user-centered approach to health in the form of health advice, digitalisation of medical records and online medical follow up features.

  • Voice - Sauti: Geospatial data analysis and data visualisation to mitigate violence against children, girls and young women.

  • Vijana Afya: A team on a mission to fight noncommunicable diseases by leveraging new media and digital technology to increase young people’s awareness.

  • Dr Elsa: An AI-powered, smart health assistant that aims to improve the national state of health through affordable, inclusive, and high-quality access to health expertise.

The challenge in being run twice, in parallel: the World Summit AI track and the Sahara Sparks track! For each track, two finalist teams have been selected to send two members to the respective conferences, World Summit AI in Amsterdam (Netherlands) or Sahara Sparks 2018 in Dar es salaam (Tanzania).


At these renowned and progressive conferences, winning teams will get the chance to mingle with experts, challenge their concept and pitch their idea. Each track yields one winning team, each receiving CHF 10’000 (Swiss Francs) to fund their idea.


About World Summit AI

World Summit AI is the world’s leading and most important summit for the entire AI ecosysteme. From applied solutions for enterprise, to cutting edge innovation, to heated discussions on AI ethics, World Summit AI will tackle the most pressing AI issues for 2018 and beyond.

●    Date: October 10th – 11th, 2018
●    Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands


About Sahara Sparks 2018 + AfriLabs AGM

Sahara Sparks is the largest innovation and technology entrepreneurship event in Africa. The event is an avenue for discussion around technological trends and the use of technology to impact the community and drive positive change.
The 2018 event is organized in partnership with AfriLabs, the largest network of innovation spaces and tech hubs across the African continent. 

●    Date: October 11th – 13th, 2018
●    Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania