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Changing Lives Award

The Changing Lives Award is dedicated to recognising and honouring organisations and initiatives that are committed to improving lives across the continent.

About the Changing Lives Award


The Changing Lives Award is dedicated to recognizing and honouring organizations and initiatives that are making a profound impact on improving lives across the African continent. This prestigious accolade celebrates those who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to addressing critical social, economic, and environmental challenges, fostering positive and sustainable change in their communities.

This award acknowledges the tireless efforts of non-profit organizations, social enterprises, community initiatives, and corporate social responsibility programs that have developed and implemented transformative solutions to enhance the quality of life for individuals and communities. By spotlighting these exemplary efforts, the Changing Lives Award aims to inspire others to take bold and meaningful actions toward creating a more equitable and prosperous future for all.

Award Criteria


Social Impact

The organization or initiative must demonstrate significant positive effects on the lives of individuals and communities, addressing key issues such as health, education, poverty alleviation, and social inclusion.

Innovation and Creativity

The solutions provided should showcase innovative approaches and creative strategies to tackle pressing problems, setting new standards for impact and effectiveness.

Measurable Outcomes

The impact of the organization or initiative should be evidenced by clear, measurable outcomes and tangible improvements in the targeted areas.

2024 Awards Timeline


Here is the timeline for the 2024 Africa Tech Festival Awards!

Key information:

  • The shortlist will consist of the top 5 candidates per category and will be subject to a public vote.
  • The top three shortlisted candidates with the most votes from the public will progress to the finals.
  • The finalists will be sent to our expert panel of judges, who will determine the winners.
  • The winners will be announced live at the ceremony in Cape Town on 13 November.

2023 Award Winner


Winner: Vodacom Foundation DRC

The Vodacom Foundation supports schools across DRC by providing connectivity, and improving classroom environments, devices and educational content via the platform (Voda-Educ). The concept is to deploy Digital classes. Vodacom Congo vision is to enable sustainable digitalization and inclusion for everyone This effort of the Vodacom Foundation is in line with this vision, as it supports schools and education to access the digital world and is helping with digital inclusion.