Across Africa, in cities from Cairo to Addis Ababa to Dar es Salaam, technology innovation hubs are mushrooming around the continent and are playing a central role in the fledgling tech and entrepreurial scenes in Africa.
These “islands of innovation” are being established to foster and promote local technological innovation. The hubs serve as incubators, meeting places for the local technology community as well as points of knowledge exchange. Their purpose is to encourage collaboration and act as physical nexus points between investors, academia, various technology communities, technology companies, and the wider private sector. Similar developments are taking place in Asia and also South America—co-working spaces and technology hubs, fablabs and hackerspaces are developing and supporting the growth of local communities and technology industries.
In 2013 we are bringing these hubs to re:publica. In cooperation with the GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit and AfriLabs – a pan-African network of technology and innovation hubs – we will invite hubs from Africa, Asia and Latin America to re:publica to share their experiences in promoting local tech, innovation and community building. Amongst the hubs from Africa, all of AfriLabs’ members will be participating, making it the first time the entire AfriLabs community gathers in person. You can meet all the hub representatives at the Global Innovation Lounge hosted by GIZ and AfriLabs at re:publica 2013!
Technology and innovation in Africa, Asia and Latin America will also be presented on stage at re:publica – we are glad to announce that one of Africa’s most influential bloggers, Erik Hersman, founder of Ushahidi and the iHub will be joining us at re:publica. Jay Fajardo from the Philippine Start-up accelerator Launchgarage will be speaking on “Silicon Paddy - The South East Asian Tech Startup Scene” and Daniela Silva from the Brazilian Hackerbus will be speaking on “Hacker culture on the road: how to go from the computers and hackerspaces to the streets.” – just to name a few.
Please join us as we welcome this global community of innovators!
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