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Contest Details

"Second Chance Ideas Contest"

Through the Second Chance Ideas Contest, the African diaspora and volunteers alike are invited to share their ideas on new ways to engage sub-Saharan Africans through educational projects, community-building initiatives, and social programs, all centered around agriculture and farming.

We want to hear what you have to say. 

At Africa Rural Connect, we believe that collaboration is the key to developing the best ideas for Africa. Add your experience and expertise to the insights of thousands of professionals, experts, and like-minded individuals and organizations the world. Together we can build and enhance project plans that could have a real-world impact in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Ideas Contest Selection Criteria

This unique contest rewards the collaborates.  The way a win a prize is by creating a remix of any idea that improves upon original elements in the idea.  Remixes win the top prizes.  The top 10 remixes from endorsements will go to the Leaderboard above and be sent to a panel of judges who will evaluate the top remixes identifying those they feel are the most original, creative, practical, scalable and likely to be successfully implemented.

Remix ideas submitted to the Second Chance Ideas Contest run the gamut from improving agricultural education and training, to increasing farmers' access to finances and land, to supporting people in farming organizations. Many remixes can be designated under standard Africa Rural Connect themes such as water resources, agribusiness, post-harvest losses/storage, transportation and infrastructure, and communication methods.

Selection criteria for the awards will be the same as previous contests, including the YFIC. In addition, ideas will be judged by the creativity of the improvement or new use for the original idea.

When is the Second Chance Ideas Contest?

The Second Chance Ideas Contest will run from September 15 - November 30, 2012.

All ideas sent to the judges will be remixes of an original idea posted before midnight on September 15, 2012.

Second Chance Ideas Contest Prizes

Qualified contestants are eligible to win first and second place for the best remixes and original ideas.   The best remixed idea will win a cash prize of $2,000, the best remix's orignial idea will win a cash prize of $500.  The second best remixed idea will win a cash prize of $1,000 and its original idea will win a cash prize of $250.

How do I get involved in idea generation?

Post your remix. Africa Rural Connect is an interactive network; you can participate in a number of ways. If you have a remix for a project plan in rural Africa- post it! Members of the Africa Rural Connect community will support your plan by offering their expertise, pledging resources, and adding visibility of your project through endorsements.

You can do your part to help develop other plans as well, putting your skills to use in a variety of projects across the continent. Offer your challenges or solutions, small or large, creative or practical, and see what happens.

Get your friends and colleagues to join the Africa Rural Connect Community to support your idea and make it even better. The support of Africa Rural Connect community members could help you win a prize!

Keep checking the Leaderboard above to find out what plans are getting the most attention from the Community. 

What if I don't have an idea – but I like some of the others?

Anyone with a profile on the Africa Rural Connect community website can rate a post by clicking “Endorse this Idea,” if he/she thinks that the proposal merits it. Get your friends and colleagues to join the Africa Rural Connect Community to endorse your favorite idea and make it even better so that it wins a Round! Keep checking the Leaderboard above to find out what plans are getting the most attention from the Community. 

The ideas that garner the most collaboration and engagement with the Africa Rural Connect community will likely grow into the strongest plans- potentially winning prize money and receiving international exposure. So get involved and spread the word to the people you know who care about rural Africa!

Official Contest Rules


The most active community members will receive badges on their ideas to mark their contributions to the Africa Rural Connect community.

  • Power Creator- This badge will appear under your username on your idea if you add more than 10 ideas.

  • Power Collaborator- This badge will appear under your username on your idea if you remix more than 10 ideas.

  • Round Winner- This badge will appear on your idea if it is one of the top 10 ideas on the Leaderboard at the end of the contest.

  • Prize Winner- This badge will appear on your idea if it wins a monetary prize.


Second Chance Ideas Contest

After the contest ends November 30, 2012, the top 2 remixes will be selected and will receive awards as follows:

Remix Grand Prize: The winner will receive $2,000 to help implement the winning plan.

Original Idea Grand Prize: The person who posted the original idea will receive $500.

Remix Runner-Up: $1,000

Original Idea Runner-Up: $250.

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