Hackathon “EU: Africa The Journey”
EU-Africa: the Journey. An online hackathon & conference to bring fresh solutions to socio-economic problems in Africa and in Europe. From December 9 to 12, online.
The #euafricathejourney mission is to mobilize African and European communities to create innovative solutions to socio-economic problems in a united front. The hackathon and conference program brings together 10.000 passionate tech-savvy ans socially conscious problem solvers, 300 mentors and 500 community organizations across Africa and Europe. Winning teams will get their hands on a 50.000 € prize fund, develop their prototypes further in the follow-up program of the hackathon, and implement their world-changing ideas in real life.
France at the top: not to be missed
In total, several French people will take part in the different activities of this hackathon.
Focus on 3 of them, not to be missed.
1/ Opening speech: H.E. M. Henri Verdier, Ambassador for Digital Affairs
Ambassador for Digital Affairs, France
Henri Verdier was born in 1968. Currently, he is Ambassador for Digital Affairs for the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Previously, he was the interministerial director for digital information and communications systems (DG Dinsic) of France; and director of Etalab, the French agency for public open data.
Mr Verdier is also an entrepreneur: he was the co-founder and CEO of MFG Labs, an internet-based startup involved in social data mining, and chairman of the board of Cap Digital, the French-European Cluster for Digital Content and Services, located in Paris. He is member of the ARCEP strategic committee, member of the CNIL strategic committee and also served as member of the board of Paris-Sorbonne University. In addition, Mr Verdier was the founding director of Edition Odile Jacob Multimedia, a publishing company in the field of e-learning and executive adviser for innovation at Lagardère Group as well as director of foresight at Institut Telecom. In 2012, he co-authored, with Nicolas Colin, the book, L’Age de la Multitude, Entreprendre et Gouverner Après la Révolution Numérique (The Age of Multitude, Entrepreneurship and Governance After the Digital Revolution). Mr Verdier is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure.
2/ Member of the Jury: Mme Agata Hidalgo, European Affairs Coordinator, France Digitale
About France Digitale
3/ Speaker & Mentorship: M. Thierry Barbaut, Digital Ecosystem Enabler, TACTIS
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