Innovation Africa – Official Summit for Education, ICT, Science & Technology, Research & Development

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Cape Town, South Africa, 5-7 October 2012

Pre-scheduled meetings with ministers, officials and leading educationalists:

  • South Africa Ministry of Higher Education & Training
  • South Africa Ministry of Basic Education
  • South Africa Ministry of Communications
  • South Africa Ministry of Science & Technology
  • Ministries of Education, ICT, Communications and Science & Technology from: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA)
  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA)
  • Higher Education South Africa (HESA)
  • Universities, Further Education and Training Colleges
  • World Bank, African Development Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNECA, USAID and leading Foundations
  • Council for Scientific & Industrial Research
  • European –South African Science & Technology Advancement Programme (ESASTAP)
  • African Institutes for Agriculture, Research, Medical Sciences, Energy & Technology

Innovation Africa follows on from the highly successful Southern African ICT for Education Summit which took place in Zimbabwe in January. 14 countries, 10 ministers, and industry leaders took part in more than 350 simultaneous meetings over two days.

  • “I was very pleased with the Summit and all the positive feedback it received from the delegates.” Senator David Coltart – Minister of Education, Sports, Arts & Culture, Zimbabwe

    “I was very pleased with the Summit and all the positive feedback it received from the delegates.” Senator David Coltart – Minister of Education, Sports, Arts & Culture, Zimbabwe

    “It far exceeded my hopes and expectations.” Senator David Coltart – Minister of Education, Sports, Arts & Culture, Zimbabwe
  • “One of the better conferences I have been to in a long time.” Kelvin Reynolds – Regional Manager, Southern Africa, Epson Europe
  • “It was a fantastic event; impressive range of delegates, vibrant networking opportunities and a really effective design.” Jill Coates – Director, British Council
  • “The summit was well designed, impeccably organized, and proved to be extremely productive. The one-on-one sessions, in particular, provided opportunities to speak with senior individuals in an intimate setting that would be difficult to arrange in any other forum.” Jay Kloppenberg – CEO, African School for Excellence, South Africa

Innovation Africa will allow delegates to experience the exceptional organisation of pre-scheduled meetings between industry, government, universities, research institutes, training colleges, IGOs and foundations. More testimonials: www.africanbrains.net/edusa/testimonials

The summit agenda and pre-scheduled meetings will focus on:

  • University and college equipment procurement
  • ICT for education
  • Investment in African digital content and data storage
  • Equipment supplies for laboratories and workshops
  • Communications for increasing connectivity and bandwidth
  • E-learning, M-learning and electronic publishing
  • Technology, innovation and science parks
  • Research institutes for agriculture, medical science and advanced technologies
  • Multi-media content and scientific publishing
  • Private partnerships with government owned research institutes
  • Career guidance & training
  • Virtual universities and distance learning
  • Ensuring gender equality in the workplace
  • Pedagogy for science and mathematics teaching
  • Cloud computing and information technology

5 October will be hosted by the University of the Western Cape. There will be an evening cocktail reception for all delegates at The Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel.

6-7 October, a unique two day program of keynote presentations from ministers & industry leaders during the mornings and pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings on both afternoons of the event.

Ministries of education, higher education, ICT and science & technology together with universities, colleges, research institutes and inter-governmental organisations will all host their own dedicated private meeting areas.

AfricanBrains has its own meetings-scheduling software to ensure that as many as 400 simultaneous meetings can take place over the two afternoons. The morning keynote presentations will detail procurement requirements and opportunities for private sector partnerships which will set the stage for the one-to-one meetings.

Summit Partnership

  • Participate with a delegation to maximise your one-to-one meetings
  • Showcase your latest innovative technologies with your own dedicated corporate display and meeting area
  • Preferential pre-scheduled ministerial meetings
  • Display corporate branding throughout the venue with electronic media
  • Your own personal copy of the confidential delegate list and post-event report
  • Exclusive branding opportunities
  • The positioning of your company as a market leader and technology innovator
  • Opportunity to chair one of the main sessions

We look forward to hosting you at the Southern Sun Cape Sun, Cape Town, South Africa


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  1. Dear Organisers

    I would like to get involved in your educational summit to learn from and to share information with likeminded people and organisations.

    This includes sharing information relating to creativity and innovation including :-

    FabKids – Learners are exposed to a rapid prototyping environment of a Fabrication Lab or FabLab to unleash their creative and innovative talents. Team work with a strong division of responsibility is needed to solve real-world challenges using the technologies available.

    FabTeachers – FabKids need to be supported when they return to the vacuum of the normal classroom. Teachers experience the FabLab by adopting the same pedagogy where the emphasis is on the design process and the transferability of skills to other subjects and learning areas.

    Virtual Interactive classrooms – Access to quality educators is a major problem especially in rural communities. Modern technologies are mature enough to enable the digital sharing of educators within a given community through the layering of digital inclusion on top of a stable ICT connectivity platform.

    My YESA Passort – Based on experience in the field there are a number of learners with talent who need to be identified and tracked in terms of their involvement in STEMI events, competitions and Olympiads. This portal is designed to operate on a MXit platform to deliver content and promote interactivity with learners especially from the back seat of a taxi in rural communities.

    Destination Zero Carbon – Growing the next generation workforce and leaders who are confident and competent in using futuristic energy independent hydrogen technologies to serve the needs of our society. This immersive and competitive strategy provides hands on opportunities to nurture a spirit of invention that is needed to usher in the new age of green energy industries.

    I completed a PhD in 2010 with a thesis entitled “Promoting Human Capital Development through ICT Creativity and Innovation” and am currently extending this research through a Post-Doctoral fellowship with the North West University.

    Looking forward to your response.

    Kind regards

    Dr Ron Beyers
    083 310 8843

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