Innovation

Kenya: Where can innovators develop ideas?

NAIROBI (Xinhua) — Many researchers when they come up with innovations hope that their works would improve the lives of people. For instance, when a researcher comes up with a water purifier, he believe that the gadget would help people who cannot access clean water purify their water thus protect themselves from diseases.

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South Africa: Tech incubator launched by Google

Cape Town – Google has launched a “tech incubator” in Cape Town to help drive development of innovation in Africa. “In keeping with its ongoing commitment to foster innovation in Africa, Google is excited to announce the launch of Umbono, its new technology incubator, which will be based in Cape Town, South Africa,” the company said in a statement.

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Innovation challenge to cut childbirth deaths launched

New approaches to cutting the number of deaths during childbirth in developing countries will be targeted by a US$50 million fund launched last week (9 March). Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development was announced in Washington DC, United States, by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, …

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New program aims to spur farm science innovation across East Africa

Launched at the International Livestock Research Institute: Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program NAIROBI (16 March 2011)—A new program that provides grants to bioscientists working to improve food production and environmental management in eastern Africa was launched today at the Nairobi headquarters of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

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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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