Evernote Partners with African Technology Foundation to Support African Start-ups


Evernote in Africa


Evernote, the company that is helping the world remember everything, is joining forces with the African Technology Foundation (ATF) to find Africa’s hottest homegrown talent in app design and development.


Starting today, the ATF and Evernote will kick off their search to find and showcase the top African applications that integrate with the Evernote platform and open API, and feature them as part of the Evernote Platform Awards.


Launched last month, the Evernote Platform Awards encourage developer and design teams from across the world to produce applications that connect with Evernote. The best applications will be featured in the Evernote App Center, where they will be open to public voting beginning July 31.


This year, as a result of the new wave of tech talent from across the continent, Evernote has created a specific category to recognize the best African-founded application that integrates with Evernote.


Members of the team behind the winning African app will be given the opportunity to visit Evernote HQ, and present their application live on stage during the Evernote Conference, EC4, in San Francisco later this year.


In her comment, Evernote’s General Manager in EMEA, Cristina Riesen said “We are very excited to actively engage with the amazing African developers and startup communities with the support of the African Technology Foundation. “We look forward to seeing all of the great ideas and innovative integrations that support our goal of making the world smarter.”


Stephen Ozoigbo,Founder African Technology Foundation

Stephen Ozoigbo,Founder African Technology Foundation


Stephen Ozoigbo, CEO, African Technology Foundation added “In alignment with our vision of globalizing African technologies, we are thrilled to join forces with a truly global brand like Evernote.“Africa presents an exponentially growing number of uniquely talented developers, and the integration of their products with the Evernote API provides an invaluable springboard towards the internationalization of their apps.”


Africa is home to over 1 million of Evernote’s 100 million total user base. Close to 75% of Evernote users are based outside of the US and Canada, one third of which are based in Europe, the Middle East or Africa.


Evernote is the workspace that helps users write, collect, find and present everything that is important to them in their everyday lives. Founded in 2008, Evernote is 6 years into its journey to becoming a 100-year startup. The company has 10 offices around the world and 370 employees.


About the Evernote Platform Awards


The Awards will showcase the best in several categories based on popular use cases with Evernote, such as Business, Education, Lifestyle, and Productivity. Other categories will recognize the teams behind the apps, such as Best Integration, Best Design, or Best New Startup.


The public is invited to nominate their favorite app for the Evernote Platform Awards as of now. In order to nominate, browse the App Center, where each individual app page has a nomination button. If your favorite app is not in the App Center, visit the Platform Awards page to submit your nomination. The app you want to nominate must connect with Evernote, but only the app name, website URL, and your email are required to nominate. If you are a developer, you can find more information about using our API here.


Key Dates


July 31: Platform Award nominations close, Evernote judges select final nominees

August 4: Top African finalists are revealed and community votes for their favorites

September 4: African Platform Award winner announced by Evernote

October: Two members of the winning African team will be flown, all expenses paid, to San Francisco to present their app live on stage during the Evernote Conference in San Francisco.


About Evernote

Evernote builds apps and products that help people remember everything, work effectively and achieve personal and professional success. Evernote is a privately held, global company headquartered in Redwood City, California, with offices throughout the world. For more information about Evernote and its products, visit www.evernote.com.


The Evernote App is available for free. To download, visit  http://evernote.com/products/


About the African Technology Foundation

The African Technology Foundation exists to globalize African technologies and introduce global technologies to the African ecosystem. To achieve this, we support a broad range of initiatives around key economic sectors, and we are committed to providing African technology startups and enterprises with the necessary knowledge and resources that empower them to raise the economic profiles of their communities, municipalities and countries.


Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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