Launch of the second edition of Digital Lab Africa

On Wednesday 25 October 2017, the second edition of Digital Lab Africa (DLA) was launched at DISCOP Johannesburg. Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud attended the launch.

Digital Lab Africa is a springboard and an incubation platform for African talent in digital initiated by the Embassy of France and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), as part of their ongoing support to the creative industries in South Africa and in the Sub-Saharan African region.

During the launch at the Sandton Convention Centre, Ambassador Farnaud highlighted the importance of cooperation in digital and multimedia fields between France and South Africa: "More than ever, we believe Africa and its talent have a future in the digital age, and we want to be part of it. This is what Digital Lab Africa is about".

Available on from 25 October, the DLA call for projects #2 will be open to any professional or individual from Sub-Saharan Africa - having an innovative project in 5 categories of multimedia production: web creation/transmedia, virtual reality, animation, video game and digital music.

Winning projects will get the chance to win a cash prize and a DLA Incubation Pass to support the project’s development over 3 to 6 months in 2018. The DLA Pass will include mentorship and project development support by leading industry partners in each category. Additionally, the DLA pass will comprise residence time in France within a digital cluster and participation in benchmark multimedia events. The expected outcome of Digital Lab Africa is market-ready content/productions showcasing African creativity at its best.

During the first edition, DLA received +500 entries from over 30 Sub-Saharan African countries. Five projects from South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Congo have been awarded and set to score on the global stage thanks to DLA incubation programme. The 5 DLA 2016 winning projects were showcased on DLA stand at DISCOP Market.

Download the press release here.

publie le 27/10/2017

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