Ethiopia: U.S. Embassy Announces Solve IT! - A Nationwide Innovation Competition


The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is sponsoring a nationwide innovation competition, “Solve IT!” for Ethiopian youth. “Solve IT!” promotes STEM, entrepreneurship and encourages a new generation of young Ethiopians to solve problems in their communities using technology, software and hardware. The competition is implemented by the U.S. Embassy in collaboration with partners iCog Labs and Humanity plus. 

Solve IT! will involve nine city hubs in seven regional states and two city administrations: Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Jimma, Bahir Dar, Mekelle, Gambela, Semera, Hawassa and Jigjiga are the selected cities. 

Ethiopians, between the ages of 18 and 28, will work for nine months to develop products that they believe will tackle key problems faced by their communities through developing mobile phone applications to hardware solutions. Training will be given in nine cities, including product development, technical support, marketing and business planning. Winners at the regional level will advance to the National Round, a week-long competition with elimination rounds and presentations before a jury of industry experts.

Solve IT! is currently accepting registrations from individuals and teams. More information about the competition and registration can be found at

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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  1. Ethiopian youth “to solve problems in their communities using technology, software and hardware?” You must be joking. Internet services are owned by Ethiopia’s ruling party. Your emails, phones, and facebook accounts are routinely monitored. Every time there are protests or international meeting are held in Addis there also followed a blackout. A blackout could be electric power, water, Internet. Stop deceiving yourself.

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