Africa Tech Challenge kicks off today at the Technical University of Kenya in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The challenge, which aims to encourage participants to use their technical skills and to teach them essential skills on entrepreneurship and self-employment, will be inform of a global contest that will see the emerging winning teams get into commercial production.
Africa Tech Challenge, an initiative by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and AVIC, a Chinese state-owned company, seeks to empower and reach out to students registered in technical institutions.
Various representatives from AVIC and officials from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology are expected to attend the opening ceremony.
Eighteen teams, taking part in the competition, have already arrived at the venue. The teams were selected following an intensive countrywide recruitment process. Prior to the actual competition, every participant will be subject to two weeks of training from Chinese experts.