Ghanaian Startup Boxconn Places 2nd In The Edition Of African Cup Of Digital Applications And Games
Dr Amr Talaat, the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has announced the results of the third and final edition of the African Cup for Innovation of Digital Applications and Games (AAL CUP) 2021, of which Boxconn emerged second.
Boxconn is a Ghanaian startup that connects businesses to reliable delivery partners to provide quick, cheap, and delightful experiences for last-mile delivery.
The startup participated in The African Cup for Innovation of Digital Applications and Games (AAL CUP 2021), organised by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), represented by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), and implemented through the Center for Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Egypt.
IBM partnered with this year’s edition of the competition. On its part, the company will help startup companies and next-generation developer communities access a range of its innovations around data and AI with IBM hybrid cloud strategy.
The AAL Cup was launched to stimulate creativity and entrepreneurship and raise awareness for technology, leading to a robust economy. The competition seeks to promote rapprochement between the African youth under the umbrella and sponsorship of the Egyptian state. Furthermore, this leads to finding innovative solutions to the African continent’s challenges.
The initiative is complemented by other long-term capacity building programs, including the Egyptian-African Training Center for Training in the Field of Communications Regulation and the Regional Postal Training Center.
“ This is first of its kind in Africa, as it provides entrepreneurs and startups in their early stages an essential platform for development and presentation of their innovative ideas and projects, in addition to prizes and financial grants. The competition is in two tracks; application design and digital game design, Amr Mahfouz, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), stated.
In all, 245 startups from 16 African countries applied to participate in the final version of the competition, with 50 reaching the first qualifying round and 28 making it to the final. This is a 30% increase compared to 2020 applications.
Six startups won the top three spots in the two tracks of the competition, receiving a total cash prize of US$48,000. The other teams that made it to the finals won a cash prize of US$1,000, offered by MCIT.
In the App Development track, Africa Innovation Technology Group from Cameroon won first place; Boxconn Technologies from Ghana and Qme from Egypt won second place; Arete Consulting from Egypt won third place. Dimension11 from Nigeria won first place in the Game Development Track, and Alkemiza from South Africa won third place.