Africa 4 Tech Convenes African Leaders for 72-Hour Innovation Bootcamp
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Africa 4 Tech, a network of innovators tackling the world’s biggest challenges, has announced its first-ever open Innovation Bootcamp, which will precede the 22ndConference of the Parties of the United Nations (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco.
The 72-Hour Innovation Bootcamp slated from the 2nd to 4th of November, 2016, will bring together over 150 scientists, world leaders, entrepreneurs, and technologists from across Africa and around the world to source, design and code solutions to tackle some of the continent’s biggest challenges: education, energy, health, and agriculture.
In a statement issued and copied to Biztechafrica in Accra, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Africa 4 Tech Stéphan-Eloïse Gras said “the future of digital innovation is Africa, and for Africa 4 Tech its main goal is to connect some of the most brilliant minds across the continent to create meaningful opportunities to collaborate. With the world’s eyes on Africa leading up to COP22, there’s never been a better time to spotlight the important and groundbreaking work that’s being done in Africa for Africa.”
The statement revealed that Africa 4 Tech is a 72-hour summit that includes expert panels, customized workshops and networking sessions. Speakers include Mamoune Bouhdoud, Deputy Minister of Digital Economy of Morocco; Navi Radjou, co-author of Jugaad Innovation; Ralph Simon, founder of Mobilium Global; Isis Nyong'o, Kenyan media and technology leader; Ghita Lahlou, Director of the Ecole Centrale in Casablanca; Rachid Yazami, Moroccan scientist and inventor of the graphite anode of lithium ion batteries; and journalist, editor and entrepreneur Claude Grunitzky.
It further noted that through a competitive nomination process, Africa 4 Tech has also selected 50 young African innovators from 15 African countries to share their insights and expertise with C-suite executives from global organizations.
Africa 4 Tech aims to help innovators scale up and in turn educate organizations about local markets and cultures. During the final day of the bootcamp, delegates will present their breakthrough projects, prototypes and vision of innovation for Africa before a panel of experts. A Digital Champion in each of the four designated fields – education, energy, health, and agriculture – will be announced.