The Empire Partner Foundation Tech Hub were winners at the 2020 AI Expo Africa Innovation Challenge. The Innovation Challenge, supported by the Embassy of France in South Africa, is part of the expo’s drive to showcase African innovation and to build bridges between industry, academia and start-ups. The winners will spend two-weeks in France and Switzerland in 2021 to grow their networks and incubate their innovations further.
Mathieu Bécue, Attaché for Innovation Embassy of France in South Africa, stated “We decided to sponsor the Innovation Wall this year along with six partners from France, South Africa and Switzerland as it reflects our wish to encourage and support initiatives from young companies and research teams from Universities not only in South Africa but across the region. We are already delighted with the results with 34 posters being showcased this year from innovators from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia plus countries from outside the region such as Russia, Iran and India – all working on Innovations that have direct impact on problems and solutions for Africa.”
The Empire Partner Foundation Tech Hub received a Laureate award for The Africa 4IR Open Challenge for our smart mining innovation, where we use Data, Machine Learning and the Internet-of-Things to monitor the structural integrity of slurry dams within the mining sector. The monitoring system enables greater risk-management for mines, allowing them to be proactive in the event of a collapse.
Nick Bradshaw, CEO AI Media Group and Cofounder of AI Expo Africa event said, “This is a unique format for an innovation challenge and we are very happy to be working with the Embassy of France in South Africa on this challenge. Over the last 2 years we have built a strong partnership with the team and they are supporting innovation in 4IR in Africa for both start-ups and academia – it’s such an interesting set of challenges and we hope to receive some very innovative submissions”.
You can view the entire competition results here.