IST-Africa 2017 Conference

31 May - 02 June 2017, Windhoek, Namibia


Hosted by the Government of Namibia through the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, and Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa Week 2017 (May) is the twelfth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences.

Focused on ICT-enabled Innovation, Science and Technology related policy dialogues, Global Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building, each conference brings together senior representatives of leading public, private, education and research organisations from 50 countries to discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities.

IST-Africa Week is the flagship event of the IST-Africa initiative, co-funded under the European Framework Programme since 2005 - current Contract No. 723240.

The goals of the IST-Africa Conference Series are to

- Promote International Research, Innovation and Policy Cooperation and Coordination

- Showcase African Research and Innovation Capacity

- Stimulate exploitation of research results by the public, private and societal sectors

- Support Development of the Information Society and Knowledge Economy in Africa

The 7th Annual IST-Africa Workshop on Open Innovation, ICT and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa will take place as a pre-conference event with other co-located multi-lateral and bi-lateral meetings taking place during the week.

2017 Call for Papers Extended Deadline 23 December

The Scientific Programme for IST-Africa 2017 is based on a double blind peer review of Papers submitted to an open Call for Papers which closed on the extended deadline of 23 December 2016.

The double blind peer review process is ongoing and authors will receive feedback by 17 February 2017. As paper feedback is published online, authors will receive an email.

Thematic areas for papers and workshops include:

- mHealth, eHealth & Health Information Systems

- Technology-enhanced Learning and eSkills

- mAgriculture / eAgriculture & Environmental Sustainability

- eInfrastructures and NRENs (National Research and Education Networks)

- Next Generation Computing: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Future Internet, Internet of Things (IoT)

- eGovernment - Services to Citizens & Business

- Content Technologies: Languages; Digital Preservation

- Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust

- Collaborative Open Innovation and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship (including Social Entrepreneurship)

- Global Development including ICT4D

- Societal Implications of Technology

Workshop on Open Innovation, ICT and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa

IST-Africa Week 2017 will commence with the IST-Africa Workshop on Open Innovation, ICT and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa. It will provide a forum to discuss and share perspectives on the current level of Collaborative Open Innovation and ICT-based Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa.

Workshop Objectives

The objectives of this interactive workshop are to (a) identify the needs of ICT Entrepreneurs and Social Entrepreneurs in different African contexts, (b) identify opportunities to strengthen support currently provided by Innovation Spaces, the education and research sector and public sector agencies responsible for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship and (c) inform the development of a coordinated multi-stakeholder approach to promoting and supporting Open Innovation, ICT Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship.

In such a process, it is important to capture views, perspectives and experiences from all key stakeholder groups including the private sector (including ICT Entrepreneurs), societal sector (including Social Entrepreneurs), education and research sector, public sector, international donors and management of Innovation Spaces (e.g. Pre-Incubators, Incubators, Accelerators).

Participants will have the opportunity to share insight, identify potential collaborators and contribute to a longitudinal study being undertaken as part of the activities of IST-Africa. Outputs from this workshop will be used to inform research, policy and publications.