Planet Earth Institute launches the PEI exChange, the first online matching platform for African development

Based on user-identified criteria, including countries and regions of focus, industries, skills and experience, the PEI exChange provides personalised matches to help users make their 'Big Ideas for Africa' happen

LONDON, United Kingdom, July 6, 2017/ --

• The Planet Earth Institute NGO will launch the PEI exChange as part of its #ScienceAfrica UnConference on 20th July

• The PEI exChange is the first online matching platform for individuals passionate about African development

• The website is also the world's only online portal dedicated to projects in Africa

The Planet Earth Institute (PEI), an international NGO and charity, will launch the ​PEI exchange during its ​#ScienceAfrica UnConference on 20th July​, 2017. The PEI exChange is the first online matching platform for all individuals working and interested in Africa.

While Africa has long been the subject of fascination, there are few specialised websites for the sheer range of professionals working on the continent. The PEI exChange is a new website that aims to connect all people working in and passionate about Africa. Based on user-identified criteria, including countries and regions of focus, industries, skills and experience, the PEI exChange provides personalised matches to help users make their 'Big Ideas for Africa' happen. These could include charitable projects, a new technology, a business plan, an academic collaboration or more.

Users will be matched with like-minded people who have the skills, expertise, and experience to support their projects on and for the continent. Once connected, the PEI exChange real-time chat function facilitates collaboration, allowing users to share contacts and expertise, build networks, and create interest-focused groups.

The PEI exChange also features a 'Big Ideas Map', which displays projects, initiatives, businesses, and collaborations happening in and for Africa. Users can post their own projects, follow and support others, and stay up-to-date with challenges and opportunities on the ground.

The PEI exChange will be unveiled during the PEI's fifth #ScienceAfrica UnConference, which is hosted by the Rt Hon Lord Boateng. Held under the banner of 'Big Ideas For Africa: Celebrating the Continent's Science and Technology Pioneers', the UnConference aims to recognise the individuals and groups creating scientific and technological innovations that not only benefit the continent, but also the world. Participants come from diverse backgrounds, including business, academia, policy and civil society. The UnConference will also be live streamed and people are encouraged to use the #BigIdeasforAfrica hashtag on Twitter to engage in discussion about science, technology and innovation in Africa.

The Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng, PEI Chairman and Trustee, commented, "The latest digital technologies are a powerful way of fostering collaboration among the many talented individuals working to further sustainable and inclusive development in Africa. As such, I believe that the PEI exChange will be an invaluable resource and community for people who are passionate about the continent. This online matching platform and project portal has the potential to revolutionise the way people do business and good in Africa."

Distributed by APO on behalf of Planet Earth Institute.

Interviews or further information

For further information on the PEI exChange and #ScienceAfrica UnConference or for interview requests with those involved, please contact:

Carola Chiarpenello on Carola@PlanetEarthInstitute.org.uk or +447403203496

Sarah Hambly on Sarah@ PlanetEarthInstitute.org.uk or +447879739405

About the Planet Earth Institute (PEI)

The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) is an international NGO and charity working for the scientific independence of Africa. While other emerging regions have invested heavily in science and technology, Africa is falling behind in the race for scientific development. And we want that to change, fast.

All of our work is built around the three pathways we believe will help lead Africa to scientific independence: Higher Education, Technological Innovation and Policy and Advocacy. In other words, we want to support and strengthen higher education institutions, help incubate technologies able to drive scientific advancement and campaign for a science-led development agenda for Africa.

Headquartered in London with a core executive team, the PEI also has a regional office in Luanda, Angola.

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