November 10, 2010

Open Innovation Africa Summit coming to Nairobi

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JD LasicaIwas jazzed to hear about the coming together of some creative players who are putting together the first Open Innovation Africa Summit as a way to explore and foster the innovation ecosystem in Africa.

Here are the details, according to Jerri Chou, managing partner of Lovely Day, and my friend Charles Baker.

What: Open Innovation Africa Summit, a gathering around innovations in products, services, business models and processes that can lead to greater social and economic wealth creation in Africa. The summit aims to promote the creation of new innovation services and collaboration models.

Where: Nairobi, Kenya

When: Week of Nov. 29

On the Web: As part of the initiative, the organizers (Nokia, Capgemini and infoDev at the World Bank) have launched a great “ideation” platform to serve as a resource and space for everyone working in Innovation in Africa to connect. The site revolves around the four main streams of interest and focus for the summit:

  • Ecosystem for innovation
  • Emerging market business models
  • Mobile services revolution
  • Human capital – education for all

You can check out the website and find more information at
and add to the conversation on Twitter via Nokia Conversations and @changeconnect with the hashtag #InnovateAfrica

As part of the initiative, Nokia will be sponsoring the top eight contributors to attend the event with all travel and accommodation included.

Hope you can chime in with comments and add to the dialogue. JD Lasica, founder and former editor of Socialbrite, is co-founder of Cruiseable. Contact JD or follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.

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  1. Happened on this post while looking at reviews of Hootsuite / CoTweet / MediaFunnel. The work being done by dedicated people in East Africa to find ways for technology to improve education, innovation, and entrepreneurialism is amazing. My son will be attending this conference. I'm an IT professional, 37 yrs in the field, who is inspired every time I talk with him about the focus on and progress being made in this part of the world where the need is so great.