The members of the WAZIUP consortium launched on 04th February 2016 in Dakar (Senegal), the WAZIUP programme financed by the European Union and coordinated by Create-Net (Italy). Including twelve partners from four African countries (Togo, Ghana, Senegal, Burkina Faso) and as many European countries (Italy, Portugal, Germany and France), the WAZIUP program is part of a breakthrough logic, offering African rural populations high value-added technological services and applications focused on Big Data and Internet of Objects, tailored to meet their needs.
WAZIUP is an ambitious program that mobilizes innovation hubs, universities, SMEs, communities of developers, business developers and companies with diverse technological expertise on the African and European continents. These actors, with their varied fields of expertise, will contribute to the development of the open source platform “Waziup” which will allow developers to think and create new applications for the rural world through the processing of data transmitted by sensors placed on connected objects that will be deployed in urban and rural sites. The aim of this programme is to confirm the economic potential of Big Data and the Internet of Things in Africa.
The validation of the platform’s content will be achieved through case studies and a series of events (combining developers and other stakeholders) organized by African innovation hubs that are stakeholders of the programme, including CTIC Dakar.
- Develop new technological solutions to boost Africa’s rural economy, which is currently threatened by strong urbanization and climate change.
- To help bring the agricultural and livestock sector to a higher level of development through the technologies proposed on the “Waziup” platform.
- Enabling wealth creation for rural communities
- Developing innovative processes for the agro-industry
- Improve the working conditions of target populations by proposing relevant solutions at affordable costs
- Propose tailor-made technologies to meet end-user needs.
- Provide developers with a final platform that takes their feedback into account, as well as inexpensive, easy-to-use and useful tools.
The Waziup programme is scheduled to last 3 years.