Innovation

Nigeria: WIPO to assist Universities

THE World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has indicated its readiness at strengthening the existing national capacities in the nations technology sector. This it said would be actualized by strengthening the Nigeria’s technology innovation centres with particular reference to the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) established by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) in tertiary institutions ...

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Morocco looks to invest in youth innovation

To raise the competitiveness of its economy, Morocco looks to invest in youth innovation. The Moroccan government will allocate 510 million dirhams (45 million euros) to support innovation and promote business-university partnerships, Trade Minister Ahmed Reda Chami announced on Tuesday (March 1st) at the Second Conference on Innovation in Skhirat.

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Q&A: Calestous Juma and African innovation

Harvard globalisation professor Calestous Juma talks to SciDev.Net about how to get Africa’s wealth of innovation making an impact Calestous Juma, director of the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, has attracted plenty of attention for his recent book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, which sets out a vision of an Africa ...

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New CEO for The Innovation Hub: Press Release

The Board of Blue IQ and The Innovation Hub are pleased to announce the appointment of McLean Sibanda as Chief Executive Officer of The Innovation Hub, Africa’s first internationally accredited science park.

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Africa: Science & Tech news in brief 13-26 Jan 2011

Below is a round up of Science & Tech news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 13–26 January 2011 Malaria vaccine candidate shows promise The GlaxoSmithKline malaria vaccine, known as ‘RTS,S’, provides long-lasting protection for children, according to a study. Data from mid-stage trials, published earlier this month, show that the vaccine offered 46 per cent protection for up ...

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Silicon Valley firm to invest in East African ICT talent

In the spirit of spreading the success of Silicon Valley to the world, executives of a technology investment firm based in Silicon Valley were recently in the region scouting for talent to invest in. In the past few years, the region’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector has attracted world attention with its innovations.

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AfricanBrains launches African Education Summit 2011

The African Education Summit is a landmark event to bring together the key stakeholders and institutions under one roof to face the challenges of maintaining the levels of both public and private sector investment. The summit is aimed at generating concrete output with an innovative agenda focussing directly on the needs of investment in education & technology across Africa. The agenda will have ...

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Africa’s informal economy can boost innovation

To make an impact, science and technology must embrace Africa’s informal system of making and trading, argues Steve Daniels. For half a century, science and technology (S&T) have promised to bring prosperity to Sub-Saharan Africa, but little progress has been made. This is in part because the African way of making and trading is largely informal, and Western industrialisation has failed ...

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Nigeria: Social Innovation Camp opens

The first ever camp for people with mind blowing ideas in Nigeria using the mobile or web technology will be opening in Lagos on Thursday. The Social Innovation Camp which started in London in 2008 is making its first debut on African soil after recording successes in several countries across the world.

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Nigeria: Inventor seeks govt support for amphibious cars

Nigeria – A 39-year-old inventor, Mr. Durojaye Obasanjo, who invented an Air-amphibian Jet, has called on the federal government to take advantage of specially talented people that abound in Nigeria to develop the nation. Obasanjo made the call when he visited the corporate headquarters of Champion Newspapers Limited (CNL) in Lagos on Wednesday. He said the project of building his ...

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