About the program
The Ignite Innovation for Climate Change (ICC) Virtual Challenge is a 2-day online hackathon and incubator funded by the British Council through the Future News Worldwide (FNW) program, and facilitated by
Inspire Africa for Global Impacts Initiative.
It prompts young people to learn and apply human centred design-thinking and digital business skills to create product innovations solving climate change problems in Africa.
A simultaneous documentary/film series sensitises youth on the impact of climate change by raising awareness of challenges faced by African communities.
The ICC virtual challenge will run virtually from Friday the 4th to Saturday the 5th of June 2021.
A total of 50 young entrepreneurs from across Africa will embark on this program as the pilot climate change cohort, and potentially join an enticing network of climate action innovators in the lead up to The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), taking place in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021.
Participants will use digital tools to receive, complete and deliver tasks and so will need a functioning Google Account to join the challenge. Meetings will be hosted using Zoom or Google Meet, depending on user preferences and size/duration of meeting. Additional closed communication channels on other platforms (Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram) will be introduced depending on need.
Who is involved
Cynthia has over six years work and leadership experience as an international development practitioner; deploying her skills as a program design, management & innovation specialist, and entrepreneurship/leadership development consultant within the nonprofit, enterprise and social sector.
Yvette, with a MsSc.Eng.(EPF) and MBA(IAE) is an expert and international Consultant, working in project management positions for hydromet and climate services. First woman president of the +100 years aged Swiss Engineering Geneva chapter, she is one of the cofounders of WOMENVAI.
How to apply
Applications for the ICC Virtual Challenge open on 8 May 2021 and close on 21 May 2021 at 11:59 PM (WAT). You can apply using this form.
Please note that this opportunity is open to citizens of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) eligible African countries and states i.e Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
You must be 19-28 years of age, enrolled in your final year of study at a tertiary institution or a graduate. As we are looking to promote vulnerable populations, women are especially encouraged to apply.
If you have questions about your eligibility or any other part of the ICC program, kindly email them to and we will respond with clarification where we can.
*Shortlisted applicants will be requested to send us a 2 minute video explaining why climate change is an important topic to them before their potential selection.
Prizes and awards
High performing individuals and teams will win prizes. All participants will receive e-certificates of participation.