The nationwide competition for students from technical training institutions dubbed Africa Technology Challenge took place between July 27-Aug 8,2015 in Nairobi. The competition aimed at promoting the local economy with a keen focus on youth training, job creation and resource support. The competition grants a platform for discovery and learning as the participants will get world class training and knowledge.
In the second season of the compettion, the Challenge began with an intensive nationwide recruitment process of teams from different local technical training institutes and universities. Later on, the teams will undergo a rigorous training from Chinese experts on how to use raw materials and machines as well as gaining the best techniques to use during the competition, after which marks will be awarded on skill, accuracy and precision, cost of production, and quantity of raw materials used.
The Challenge was designed to cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship among students in Technical Training Institutions in Kenya, who plan to take up technical careers after they graduate, and aims to encourage more people to take technical courses to create employment and provide skilled workers for the government and the private sector.
The youth empowerment challenge is a joint project between China’s AVIC International Holding Corporation in conjunction with Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. In 2014, three participants walked away with full master’s degree scholarships in the most prestigious universities in China as well as cash prizes of USD1,500, USD1,200 and USD 900 respectively.
The Africa Tech Challenge also launched a Mobile App Challenge whose main aim is to encourage participants to enhance their creativity through developing a mobile application that meets specific criteria.