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What is Bodiel?

Bodiel is a game that creates an environment where players struggle tactically and intellectually to reach the highest score. Each player registers through his/her social media profile and teams up with up totwo other players to form a team.

The contestants challenge themselves through social media (Facebook)

Participation to the game is free of charge.

Bodiel is the Fulani word for “hare”; the term is famous over the african continent because of HamadouHampaté Ba's humoristic story book in which the main character is a young malicious and clever hare .

Who created Bodiel?

The initiative is run by two companies: Competences (game concept) and KonanSystems (Technical Partner). In 2014, it was selected out of 52 other projects in Africa and awarded a prize by Afrinic' Fund for Internet Research and Education( FIRE) which acknowledges the remarkable contribution that this concept can bring accross Africa by using the internet to address social and development challenges.

What are our objectives?

- Identify talented young Africans in the field of Information Technology

- Raise awareness of cybercrime and cyber-security in Africa

- Reduce the global digital divide between Africa and the rest of the world

Why is Bodiel important?

The global digital divide is a special case of the digital divide because internet has developed unevenly throughout the worldcausing Africa to fall behind in technology, education, labor, even democracy and tourism since that lacking internet brings about impoverishment of the civil society in term of information and appearance of large pits that inhibit desire to discover the cultures. The global digital divide also contributes to the inequality of access to goods and services available through technology. Computers and the internet provide users with improved education, which can lead to higher wages; the people living in nations with limited access are therefore disadvantaged.

Minimizing the global digital divide requires considering and addressing various types of access including: physical access, financial access, socio-demographic access, design access, institutional access, political access, cultural access and cognitive access.

On the other hand, the little progress made with regards to physical access has incurred a very dangerous trend: cybercrime.

At the end of 2012, experts cited three reasons why they think Africa is poised to become a new hub of cybercrime: the availability of fast internet access, the expanding internet user base, and the lack of cybercrime laws in some African countries.

Bodielis an important initiative since it provides entertainment over a free-of-charge platform to address the digital divide and at the same time raise awareness of cybercrime and cyber-security among young African internet users.

What is the schedule of the contest?

The contest lasts a total of 4-weeks. There will be up to six contests per year.

Although the pilot period (4-weeks) is set to take place among Côte d'Ivoire's internet users, the game in its final format will be played all over the African continent (once this test period has shown the viability of the concept). There will be an intermediate phase which will involve Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria.

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