IST-Africa 2018 Conference

09 - 11 May 2018


Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), IST-Africa Week 2018 (09 - 11 May, Botswana) is the thirteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences.

Focused on Information Society and ICT Policy Dialogues, International 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

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

- Promote International Research Innovation, and Policy Cooperation and Coordination

- Showcase African Research and Innovation Capacity

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

A pre-conference event with other co-located multi-lateral and bi-lateral meetings will place during the IST-Africa 2018 week.

IST-Africa 2018 Programme

The Advance Programme features an Opening and Closing Plenary Session and a Scientific Programme with 38 thematically focused sessions featuring over 180 presenters from public, private, education and research organisations in 30 countries. The IST-Africa Pre-conference Workshop on Open Innovation, ICT and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa is on Tuesday 08 May.

The Scientific Programme for IST-Africa 2018 is based on a double blind peer review of Papers submitted to an open Call for Papers which closed on 22 January 2018.

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 23 March to ensure that final accepted papers can be included in the Proceedings.


Final paper Submission: 23 March 2018

Presenter Registration: 23 March 2018

Early Bird Registration: 31 March 2018

Workshop on Open Innovation, ICT and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa

The IST-Africa Workshop on Open Innovation, ICT and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa, which will take as a pre-conference event, 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.