This week many innovation hubs from around the world are joining the event re:publica, Europe’s largest conference on internet and society, held in Berlin, Germany. Amongst the hubs from Africa, all of AfriLabs’ members are articipating, making it the first time the entire AfriLabs community gathers in person. Meet all the hub representatives at the Global Innovation Lounge hosted by GIZ and AfriLabs at re:publica 2013!
Hubs from Africa, Asia and Latin America are brought together at re:publica to share their experiences in promoting local tech, innovation and community building. The re:publica conference has invited the hubs in cooperation with the GIZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, and AfriLabs, the pan-African network of technology and innovation hubs.
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.
Apart from the Global Innovation Lounge, technology and innovation in Africa, Asia and Latin America will also be presented on stage at re:publica. One of Africa’s most influential bloggers, Erik Hersman, founder of Ushahidi and the iHub is joining 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.