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