Idea Exchange: Pivot, MobileWeb, TEDx

All Africa Business Leaders Awards from CNBC Africa is open for nominations in the following categories; business leader of the year, young business leader of the year, businesswoman of the year, entrepreneur of the year, and lifetime achievement award.

Cartier Women’s Initiative award targets female entrepreneurs engaged in creative for profit initiatives and prizes may be up to $20,000 per year.

The IDS Knowledge Services Open Application Programming Interface has technical grants of up to £3,000 in two categories – plug-ins and innovations. Details here.

Mobile East Africa: returns to Nairobi on February 22 and 23. When the event was last here two years ago, it was an eye opener on the presence mobile advertising, mobile learning, smart phones sales, social media potential, gaming, and software standards.

Persephone Miel Fellowship from the Pulitzer Center & Internews, is designed to help media professionals (journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers, filmmakers; as well as free-lancers and media professionals) outside of the United States do the kind of reporting they’ve always wanted to do, and comes with a travel grant, payments and distribution arrangment.

Pivot East: Entries are open for this year’s edition of Pivot East (previously known as Pivot25) scheduled for June in Nairobi. Categories this year include financial services, business & resource management, entertainment , mobile society and utilities and the competition is open to companies and individuals in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Somalia.

The Poptech social innovation fellowship is now open.

The Stanford Africa Forum forum on February 25 (source Ken Opalo)

TEDxPreparations are also on for the next edition of TEDxNairobi.

Here’s a favourite video from the last TEDxNairobi with students from the Bishop Lawi Imathiu Secondary School in Meru performing a classical music selection in September 2010.