By Dipo Olowookere
An international NGO and charity, Planet Earth Institute (PEI), says it will launch the PEI exChange as part of its #ScienceAfrica UnConference on July 20,2017.
The PEI exChange is the first online matching platform for individuals passionate about African development and the website is also the world’s only online portal dedicated to projects in Africa as well as individuals working and interested in Africa.
While Africa has long been the subject of fascination, there are few specialised websites for the sheer range of professionals working on the continent.
The PEI exChange is a new website that aims to connect all people working in and passionate about Africa.
Based on user-identified criteria, including countries and regions of focus, industries, skills and experience, the PEI exChange provides personalised matches to help users make their ‘Big Ideas for Africa’ happen. These could include charitable projects, a new technology, a business plan, an academic collaboration or more.
Users will be matched with like-minded people who have the skills, expertise, and experience to support their projects on and for the continent.
Once connected, the PEI exChange real-time chat function facilitates collaboration, allowing users to share contacts and expertise, build networks, and create interest-focused groups.
The PEI exChange also features a ‘Big Ideas Map’, which displays projects, initiatives, businesses, and collaborations happening in and for Africa. Users can post their own projects, follow and support others, and stay up-to-date with challenges and opportunities on the ground.
The PEI exChange will be unveiled during the PEI’s fifth #ScienceAfrica UnConference, which is hosted by Mr Lord Boateng.
Held under the banner of ‘Big Ideas For Africa: Celebrating the Continent’s Science and Technology Pioneers’, the UnConference aims to recognise the individuals and groups creating scientific and technological innovations that not only benefit the continent, but also the world. Participants come from diverse backgrounds, including business, academia, policy and civil society.
The UnConference will also be live streamed and people are encouraged to use the #BigIdeasforAfrica hashtag on Twitter to engage in discussion about science, technology and innovation in Africa.
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