BBC Connected StudioDo you want to help shape the consumption of news in Africa for the next generation?

We are very excited about a new project from the BBC Connected Studio, BBC News Labs & BBC World Service, aimed at finding the next big idea in news distribution.

The BBC World Service is looking to Kenya’s tech community for innovative ways for them to reach young mobile centric audiences on the continent through social platforms. A two-day Hack event will be held in Nairobi on the 3rd & 4th of February, during which the BBC team will work with the participants to generate ideas, refine them and identify the strongest. The winning teams will be mentored and supported in the development and testing of their prototype through a rigorous pilot service. This piloting process will receive to $25,000 in funding support.

Using technologies that complement one another, and the resources available at the Hack (BBC content, APIs, and Social Media platforms), the BBC wants to develop innovative and relevant products and tools which improve the audience’s experience.

You can apply by registering a team here: and sending 2 examples of recent work that is relevant to the challenge.

Once your registration application has been confirmed by the Connected Studio team, you’ll be invited to a short evening briefing on the 29th January (also in Nairobi), where you’ll be given the opportunity to ask questions ahead of the hack, meet the people involved, and also hear some short tech talks from experts about the platforms and APIs available to use.

What more you need to know:-

Registration your team here:

Briefing event: 29th Jan 2015

Registration closing Date: 28th Jan 2015

Hack Event Date: 3rd & 4th February 2015