Open Innovation Af...

Open Innovation Africa Summit 2010

Great Rift Valley Lodge, Kenya, on November 29-December 1

Organized in cooperation by Nokia and infoDev, with the support of Capgemini, the Open Innovation Africa Summit 2010 will convene 200 African thought leaders around four "Challenge streams" to identify which skills and services are needed for building innovative societies in Africa and how modern technologies can be used to accelerate the process.

Published on the OIAS summit streams website

The Summit will be highly interactive, and will engage participants in an active discussion using Capgemini's Accelerated Solutions Environment methodology. The aim is to facilitate discovery of how to best accelerate innovation in Africa, harnessing the power of innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels of society all the way from grassroots communities to high tech environments with a focus on four thematic areas.

Ecosystem for Innovation
Services and systems supporting innovation are being constructed all over Africa, but many challenges still exist. Our intention is to identify the primary barriers to innovation and, particularly, what can be done to overcome these challenges. How can we develop a holistic system, which results in sustainable socio-economic growth? What is the role of the private sector in this and how can we accelerate entrepreneurial and research activity? How can we best empower people to become active generators of new innovations and knowledge?

Sustainability Models for Base of Pyramid
Base of the Pyramid (BoP) consumers are anxious to improve their quality of life and to seek new sources of income and economic sustainability. In many respects the micro or SME businesses in the BoP context are no different from their larger siblings, but there are some distinct differences. How do business models differ in the BoP context? How and what kinds of services should we offer to the BoP consumers? Who are these consumers? What can we learn from experiences in other parts of the emerging world?

Mobile Information Society
The mobile revolution at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) has opened a unique opportunity for African developers. The continued growth and eagerness of consumers to access high quality content and services will offer African developers the potential to create sustainable businesses locally and globally. What are the key platforms and technologies for African developers to maximize the positive impact of mobility? How can we build the right skills for the future developers?

Human Capital - Education for All
Education is perhaps the most critical supporting element in the creation and maintenance of a vibrant innovation ecosystem. Societies need people with right skills and mindsets. Using the Education for All framework, we intend to identify revolutionary ideas that can be translated into working solutions to address goals related to literacy, quality and access to education, among others. How can we ensure that people are equipped with right skills? What innovations can speed up capacity development? What role can mobile technologies play in achieving Education for All?

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For further information about the Agenda, Key Contributors, Flight details and useful information, please visit the OIAS website.

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