Africa: Fourth Youth Innovators Design Bootcamp 2023

Deadline: 20-Jan-23

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and its partners are pleased to invite youths from all walks of life to the fourth Bootcamp of the Africa Regional Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum.

The Bootcamp will focus on emerging technologies and their applications in renewable energy and water solution for Africa. The two fields – energy and water technologies – are selected given that Sustainable Development Goal 6 and Goal 7 are under review in 2023, and their special importance to Africa’s development.
Theme: Reinventing Energy and Water Solutions for Sustainable and Inclusive Future
For this bootcamp, focus will be placed on innovations and technologies likely to improve access to clean and safe water. Estimates suggest that a billion people may not have access to basic water services by 2030 unless efforts are quadrupled due to rapid industrialization, urbanization, population growth, climate change, poor management and over exploitation, especially of ground water. As such the bootcamp will focus on solutions and business models that address some of these and other challenges.

The bootcamp is designed to expose youths to the value chains of different advanced renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, battery and hydrogen. The bootcamp will also enable youths to explore innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities and industrial scale manufacturing and deployment of technological solutions for energy and water in the world. This bootcamp is also intended to enable and engage youths to explore technology, innovations and entrepreneurial opportunities offered by new and emerging technologies to create employment, promote industrial development and improve the overall quality of life.


Date: 21-25 February 2023

Venue: Niamey, Niger

Format: Hybrid

Eligibility Criteria

The bootcamp is open to all youths up to the age of 30 that may or may not be in colleges and universities across Africa.

Those in innovation hubs or in employment are also encouraged to submit their applications. Participants might be supported by partners abroad as well as professionals in research centres, innovation hubs, universities and institutes as well as government and business leaders. They will be welcome to serve as talent scouts, mentors, coaches and guest lecturers.



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