Digital Lab Africa: 15 Finalist
Juan Romero | On 30, Sep 2016
The Digital Lab Africa selection committee has chosen 15 finalists (3 per category) among 522 entries from more than 30 countries. The 15 applicants have been selected to take part in the Digital Lab Africa pitch competition from 2 to 4 November at DISCOP AFRICA Johannesburg.
The finalists are start-ups, entrepreneurs, producers coming from across the continent: South Africa, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and DRC. The final at DLA@DISCOP will be the opportunity for them to showcase the best of African talent in multimedia creation (web creation/transmedia, digital music, virtual reality, video games).
The finalists will get a chance to win a 3,000 € cash prize and a Digital Lab Africa incubation ticket to support the projects’ development and make them happen thanks to the DLA partners mentorship.
The selected projects are:
Online Music –Birthday Girl/VR immersive mobile app/Peter Cardwell Gardner (Made with Monster Love, South Africa) –Baziks Pulse/ Congolese & Afro music online platform / Baya Ciamala (Baziks Entertainment, DRC Congo)
-Kyaami Online/ Online music platform for hip-hop artists/ Nonkululeko Vundla (Kyaami Creative Marketplace, Zimbabwe/South Africa)
Virtual Reality -Virtual Science Lab/VR mobile app for scientific education/ Samuel Agyemang (Nubian VR, Ghana) -The Hunt & Extinction/VR immersive content about animal poaching/Tristan Shäfer (Old Soul Films, South Africa) – Round Round/VR choregraphic experience about transgender identity/ Shariffa Ali (Kenya)
Video Game /Serious Game –Mtoto first Aid/ Learning first aid to toddlers on PC & mobile/ Mbilinyi Mbilinyi (Bongotoonz Animation studio, Tanzania) -Mathstermind/ Memory and mental maths PC & mobile game/ Danny Day (QCF Design, South Africa) -Point Point/ PC and mobile app logical game/ Diakité Amadou Kaba (WORK’D, Ivory Coast)
Web creation -Pokotong TV/ Web TV with vibrant African voices bringing news and meaningful entertainment/ Nelisiwe Ngobeni (Big Fish School-Digital Filmmaking, South Africa) -If They Were Africans/ Parody web series that spins pop culture with an African twist/ Bidemi Akinade (Gpixie, Nigeria) -Area Daddy/ 2D humoristic cartoon-based series about family life/ Ayodele Elegba (Spoof Animation, Nigeria)
Transmedia category -Go Mécanique !/ Sitcom and MOOC about African women mechanics/ Gnama Baddy-Dega (Go Production, Ivory Coast) -Squeers/ Satirical transmedia web series about modern LGBT urban life/ Wendy Sprinks (Zeropoint Studios, South Africa) -Reborn/ Epic