Monday, April 27, 2015

Tech4Governance Ghana Competition Announcement

On May 30th 2015, Penplusbytes and Making All Voices Count will host a pitching competition #Tech4Governance in Accra, Ghana, at the New Media Hub. Up to 10 innovators will be selected to pitch, and winners will get support to develop their ideas with the hopes of securing an Innovation Grant of up to £40,000.

The competition seeks innovative ideas that aim at improving service delivery or electoral processes in Ghana – read on. 

●    Applications open 21 April and close on 17 May 23:59 GMT;
●    Finalists announced on 22 May 2015
●    Pitching session held on 30 May 2015

Any entity from Ghana is welcome to apply: companies, government actors, non-profits, for-profits, education establishments, NGOs or individuals.

The themes for which you can submit your idea are listed below. Ideas should seek to address two or more of the guiding points under each theme:

  1. Within the theme 'Improved Service Delivery' ideas that:
  • Use technology to increase accountability and responsiveness of District, Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies;
  • Use technology to strengthen feedback mechanisms from duty bearers at the local and district level;
  • Strengthen and promote use and adoption of ICT tools in government ministries, departments and agencies;
  • Promote citizen engagement and government accountability through open data and information sharing;
  • Make effective use of technology to 'make all voices count' through active engagement of women and/or marginalized groups or communities.
  1. Within the theme 'Electoral Processes' ideas that:
  • Use technology and innovation for voter registration, voter identification and voter verification processes;
  • Use technology for election monitoring at district and national level;
  • Use technology to allow citizens to vet the electoral process including gaps in voter registration;
  • Use technology to allow media organizations effectively monitor and cover electoral processes at national and district level;
  • Make effective use of technology to 'make all voices count' through active engagement of women and/or marginalized groups or communities.

Further details can be accessed through

Ready to enter? 

Submit an idea.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Social Media for Results Training To Boost Presence Online

Social media is transforming the way business is carried out. Building a strong online identity as well as knowing how to capitalise on your brand's online presence is crucial to the growth of any modern day business. Research has revealed that consumers/customers would be more inclined to buy/patronise more often in the future because of a brand's presence on social media.

Here is an opportunity for you, your civil society organisation, business or public sector organization to build superior social media skills and to use social media to effectively communicate with your clients APPLY NOW! to participate on Wednesday April 29th, 2015 at the New Media Hub, Osu Ako-Adjei, Accra or contact Dorcas on dorcas@penplusbytes.org0276918323.