AMPION, Amplifying Pioneership

AMPION empowers aspiring entrepreneurs to create startups in the digital field in Africa. In 2014, AMPION facilitated the foundation of more than 30 startups in 15 African nations in diverse fields like healthcare, mobile, agriculture, energy, water and citizen engagement.
AMPION mobilized 100 entrepreneurs, mentors and investors from across the globe to fly to Africa and work on startup ideas with locals on the ground. AMPION is the 2015 recipient of the Silicon Valley Global Ecosystem Innovation Award, and several AMPION produced startups have won coveted awards such as the Harvard New Venture Competition and the MIT Entrepreneurship Awards.
The AMPION team will showcase some of the videos, photos and startups. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn more about upcoming initiatives of AMPION in Africa and how to become part of them.



DW Akademie

DW Akademie is Germany's leading organization for international media development and supports the development of free and transparent media, quality journalism, and also offer programs to boost media skills.

DW Akademie trains up-and-coming Deutsche Welle journalists and offers clients from the worlds of politics, business and civil society a broad spectrum of media training workshops. Our online courses for learning German complement Deutsche Welle's journalistic activities.

DW Akademie is showcasing three digital tools developed especially for media organizations and audiences in the Global South. They are designed to enhance public discourse, transparency and quality journalism by reaching out to media professionals, civil society organizations and media users. With support from DW Akademie, media outlets and local IT companies in East Africa have developed two applications for mobile reporting and audience engagement. The applications enable media organizations to gather news, verify facts and distribute information to individual target audiences quickly and effectively. DW Akademie’s brand new Media Freedom Navigator provides extensive information on the state of press freedom in Africa and around the world. The web navigator (akademie.dw.de/navigator) includes detailed information on the most important indices for press freedom - prepared in such a way that users can target their searches to specific countries and world regions.



Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (Fokus)

With around 500 employees the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) is one of the largest Fraunhofer institutes. Scientists from 12 competence centers cover the complete chain of development of urban IT-Infrastructure right from architectural design and modelling to middleware and platforms right up to concrete applications. Another core area lies in the counseling of public administration, ministries and organizations both domestically and abroad in the conceptualization of a complete IT-Strategy, the selection of appropriate solutions as well as the drafting of legislation in the IT-context.

FOKUS demonstrates a solution to connect people in rural areas. Key features of WiBACK include QoS-provisioning, auto-configuration, self-management and self-healing. The fact that WiBACK is "Plug & Play" is a main differentiator to alternative technologies and allows anyone to build and set up a network as there is no need for expensive and often unavailable technical expertise. High reliability is another advantage. Compared to traditional operator approaches, WiBACK provides very low investment and operational cost (OPEX and CAPEX). Compared to low-cost wireless mesh technology, WiBACK offers carrier-grade service management and interfaces.

Multiple implementations in Europe (connecting rural areas) and sub-Sahara Africa (emerging regions) are operational. These will be used to evaluate reliability, vulnerability in outdoor conditions, operational costs, and customer satisfaction.



German–African Business Association

In Africa, the ICT sector fosters economic development in general and strengthens the growth of small and medium sized enterprises in particular and thus enlarges the African middle class. ICT in Africa is closely linked with the start-up scene, as new business models are created through innovative, often digital, means.
The German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft) has taken the initiative to build a German-African "Start-up ICT" network with its African partners and is therefore the ideal partner for your strategic ICT-alliance with the German private sector in Africa. Through its well-established networks, the Association promotes exchange between German and African representatives from both business and politics. In doing so, the Association advocates a new conception of Africa in Germany: Africa as a continent of opportunities.
The Association provides information about countries and markets and represents the interests of its more than 600 members nationally and internationally with respect to political, economic and media issues. The Association positions itself as a competent contact point and contributes actively through political dialogue to setting the stage for the successful involvement of German business in Africa.




Artists and cultural managers are seismographs as well as agents of social change. Therefore, the cultural sector plays a decisive role in the constitution of societies and in coping with current global and regional challenges. In ODA countries and in transition economies, the Goethe-Institut engages in capacity development of the cultural sectors and aims to support the development of knowledge-based societies. It does so by training cultural managers and artists, advising cultural institutions and by providing platforms for networking and exchange.
Currently, the Goethe-Institut in Africa focuses on the development of digital and blended learning programmes and on the creation of digital commons. Four exemplary programmes of the Goethe-Institut are introduced in the showroom.

The Mentored Open Online Course (MOOC) Managing the Arts trains cultural managers from around the world. In the 14 weeks course, more than 17.000 participants learn about project management, digitalization and marketing in the cultural sector. More than 1000 people from 54 African countries registered to this MOOC that is realized jointly with Leuphana University Lüneburg. A centrepiece of the programme is a video case study on the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Lagos, Nigeria.

Mokolo is establishing an online platform that will connect distribution, information and networking websites relating to African film and audiovisual industries through an easily accessible one-stop portal. Supported by the ACP Cultures+ program from the European Union, it is an initiative by Goethe-Institut and will be run by the Mokolo Foundation.

Music in Africa is an information and exchange web portal dedicated to the African music sector. Users can access and share information, improve their knowledge of the sector, find and connect with professionals, and discover African musical works. Music in Africa is an initiative by Goethe-Institut and Siemens Stiftung together with partners from across Africa. It is owned and governed by the Music In Africa Foundation.

The Alumniportal Deutschland is an online community for anyone who has studied, researched, worked, trained or taken a German course. Among the 100,000 “Germany Alumni”, around 18,000 alumni from Africa registered at the portal. It offers alumni the opportunity to expand their network of contacts, enhance their skills through further training activities as well as find events or fellowship opportunities. The Alumniportal Deutschland is a joint project by the Goethe-Institut, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH).
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by the Federal Foreign Office.



HNU Africa Centre

In 2014 the University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm created a prototype for a mobile learning webapplication based on an online course about hospital management for African countries. This year the complete mobile learning system will be implemented and put into a field test with participants from 8 Kenyan hospitals to see its applicability next to the e-Learning version of the course.

The raw content from the e-Learning version was re-designed to fit on small devices, considering the aspect that m-Learning is not simply e-Learning on smaller screens. The mobile learning system consists of a web-application based on responsive web-design principles and a hybrid mobile learning app for Android smartphones with audio and video files in a transcript version for offline usage.

As a pilot project we will offer m-learning system as one alternative for accessing the learning materials independent of time and place. An evaluation at the end will show the impact of mobile learning on the learning behavior of the participants. Therefore we will see if there is a need for further development of the mobile learning concept to deploy it in other academic study programs. 



HSH Global software solutions

HSH Global sets up business in South Africa in 2012 due to the great demand of African governments for eID systems and civil administration software. As a subsidiary of the German-based HSH Soft- and Hardware Vertriebs GmbH HSH Global has more than 20 years of experience providing internationally recognised software solutions for over 3 500 municipalities and public authorities. HSH provides software for civil registration, identity management, e-government and related services. The key benefit of using also mobile technology is that it increases the access to people in rural areas.
MyCivicCenter.co.za is a tool that helps South African municipalities to provide their citizen with convenient “anytime / anywhere” service. The app contains a directory of the most frequented government departments and their services, and uses location-based search to guide you to the nearest office. The user will get detailed information including process and related costs, and can even download the needed application forms. Via the Report & Fix function service issues like potholes or missing street lightning can be directly reported and the app even provides regular status updates. The features of the app can be endlessly expanded according the needs of the municipality. We are currently working on applications such as the payment of municipal accounts or the integration of eForms.




SAP / African Cashew initiative (ACi)

SAP in close cooperation with the African Cashew initiative has developed innovative mobile applications for the digital inclusion of smallholder producers. At the level of producer groups transactions like farmer registration, pre-payment, input supply, grading, purchase, logistics and payments are recorded and synchronized on the field in real time via smartphone. Further applications support data analysis and facilitate operational field support, and also ensure traceability.
Through this system producers, producer groups, processors and buyers are enabled to run their field activities in a more effective and efficient way. Essentially, producers get access to profitable markets that promote an increase in their income. Established players like local processors, buyers and multinationals profit from enhanced transparency and reliability when doing business with smallholder producers. Such enterprises also include existing SAP customers. They are enabled to plan and forecast accurately. Ultimately already existing economic activities with farmer groups are sustained. This not only boosts local economic activity but could in a very direct way also improve the socio-economic situation for a vast number of under-serviced rural inhabitants.
SAP is currently commercializing the solution in order to ensure a worldwide availability beyond the initial pilot projects.





Sourcefabric is a nonprofit institute devoted to providing technical assistance to independent media worldwide. Sourcefabric has been recognized as the leader in the development and implementation of open source software for news organisations. Media publishers worldwide rely on Sourcefabric tools for creating, managing and publishing content online, in print and for broadcast.
Sourcefabric leverages the open source development model to provide technical solutions that are appropriate and sustainable in the given environment. It creates partnerships between independent media organizations in the global south with those in the north, based around best practices in the creative and appropriate use of technology for media. Sourcefabric also works with media organizations to identify new business models and opportunities based on digital technologies.
Sourcefabric received a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism in 2011, a Guardian Mega Award for Digital Innovation in 2012, and an African News Innovation Challenge Award in 2012. Sourcefabric is headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, with a subsidiary company, Sourcefabric GmbH, in Berlin. It also has offices in Toronto, Belgrade and Cluj, Romania.



Yoza Cellphone Stories and Pearson's X-kit Achieve Mobile and Project Literacy

PEARSON is the world's leading learning company, helping people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives. It provides a range of education products and services to institutions, governments and direct to individual learners, that help people everywhere aim higher and fulfil their true potential.
X-kit Achieve Mobile (xkit.mobi) is an on-the-go revision and practice tool for high school students in South Africa, offered by Pearson. The content is fully aligned with the national curriculum and includes theory, levelled quizzes and helpful hints. Students earn badges and climb the leaderboard as they use the site.
Project Literacy (projectliteracy.com), founded by Pearson, brings together a diverse and global cross-section of people and organisations to help unlock the potential of individuals, families and communities everywhere with the power of words. Together, it aims to make significant and sustainable advances in literacy over the next five years so that by 2030, no child will be born at risk of poor literacy.
Yoza Cellphone Stories (yoza.mobi) offers free to read mobile novels, poems and plays to support the literacy development of teen and young adult literacy levels in South Africa. Since 2009, the pioneering site has had over 575,000 reads and fans have left over 50,000 comments.