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.

IST-Africa 2017 Programme

The Advance Programme features an Opening and Closing Plenary Session and a Scientific Programme with 40 thematically focused sessions featuring over 190 presenters from public, private, education and research organisations in 35 countries. The IST-Africa Workshop on Open Innovation, ICT and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa is on Tuesday 30 May. Click here to download the Advance Programme brochure.

Plenary Panellists confirmed to date include:

- Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Namibia

- Dr Eino Mvula, CEO, National Commission on Research Science and Technology, Namibia

- Mr Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Namibia

- Mr Festus K. Mbandeka, CEO, Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia

- Ms Karin Amukugo, Department of Public Service Information Technology Management

- Mr Vassilis Kopanas, International Cooperation, DG CONNECT, European Commission

- Dr Pascal Hoba, CEO, UbuntuNet Alliance

- Prof Kingo Mchombu, Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic and Research, International University of Management

- Dr Anicia Peters, Dean: Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Namibia University of Science and Technology

- Mr. John Sifani, Director: Centre for Innovation and Development, University of Namibia

- Mr Theo Klein, Managing Director, Telecom Namibia

- Mr Francesco Affinito, Head of sector for Research or Development, DG DEVCO, European Commission

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 23 December 2016. Authors should now review the IPC feedback provided on accepted papers and submit their updated Final Paper using the IST-Africa paper template via their My Page and complete online registration by 20 March to ensure that final accepted papers can be included in the Proceedings.

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.