Global Innovation Gathering

Knowing Your Place

How can DIY technologies help address local environmental challenges around the world? We’ll briefly share some stories on how others are doing this, and then together we'll play with sensors, DIY technologies as well as our own eyes and ears to explore our place on earth.
05/06/2014 - 12:30 to 13:30

#DefyHateNow - Mobilising Action Against Violence in South Sudan

#DefyHateNow is a mobilization and urgent awareness raising campaign aiming support the actions of emergent, primarily youth based civil society organisations in South Sudan. The project aims to better network the message of these groups battling the hate-rhetoric and incitement to violence exacerbating the political clashes that broke out in the country's capital Juba, in December 2013.
05/07/2014 - 13:00 to 13:30

FounderBus Africa - Reflections on the first Tour and Planning the next Trips

FounderBus Africa is a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation in the emerging world. Within the session we will present the 2013 tours and explain and discuss the 2014 strategy: We are planning four busses in and the creation of a Pan-African incubator network. Join us and help us improve the world by innovation.
05/07/2014 - 16:15 to 17:15

Let The People Know: Communication as a tool for success

Startup entrepreneurs have everything in their mind: the business model, the business plan etc.. But they tend to forget that it's also about building an image. Make yourself and your team known, talk about your aims, your skills, your dreams. It's called self promotion. Beate Wedekind, founder of TheNewAfrica//Journal of Change, shows how to do it right.
05/07/2014 - 10:15 to 11:00

Redefining Growth

Our world is built on the paradigm of continuous economic growth. Growth is seen as the most effective means to lift millions of people out of poverty and to ensure prosperity and opportunity for all. In many places and for many people, it has been extraordinarily successful in achieving this goal. But as we approach a global population of eight billion in 2030, our world is facing significant social and environmental challenges.
05/07/2014 - 14:15 to 14:45

Making Makerspaces Profitable and Sustainable

Makerspaces are not only about building machines, creating prototypes, and digital fabrication. They are mainly about building communities that are sensitive to the local problems and could contribute efficiently to the industrial revolution. Let's dream of a makerspace that has a multi-sided business model that is open, profitable, community-driven and sustainable.
05/07/2014 - 13:45 to 14:45

Between Freedom and Fear - Digital Media as Tools of Expression and Repression

What if Facebook is the only place homosexuals feel safe to meet, even though it is known that the government surveils the Internet? What if Twitter is the only place you can mock your government? In this session, cultural, political and technical limitations to free speech will be debated along with the question what contribution can good governance and media programmes supported by the German development cooperation have, when when Internet Freedom is at stake?
05/08/2014 - 11:15 to 12:15

Driving Global Innovation – Roadtrips and other learning and collaboration formats

In this session, the initiators of the AfricaHackTrip, GeeksGoneGlobal and the FounderBus will compare their experiences related to the synergies of travel and innovation, and discuss the role that travel-based learning initiatives have in the cross-polenization of the global innovation ecosystem.
05/08/2014 - 14:15 to 14:45

Take a Deep Breath Before Making

Terrorism, cancer rate research, prosthetics, and election monitoring are topics often put out of the Maker movement's reach. But in many countries in the Middle East, these are central issues not addressed by the government or industry. Here, hackers setting up communities and project to deal with socially relevant problems themselves.
05/08/2014 - 12:30 to 13:00

African HubCity & WoeLab

African HubCity initiative is a model of an alternative and inclusive urbanization; the ground of experiment of which is a district of Lomé (capital of Togo/ West Africa). One of the Founders of the WoeLab will introduce the concept of working with LowHighTech, local expertise, in order to create projects, technooy and change adapted to specific African configurations and owned by the local communities.
05/07/2014 - 18:00 to 18:15

Breaking down the African startup funding ecosystem

Africa is the fastest growing continent in the world; it has the world’s largest population of under-20 humans and has a population that will exceed that of the USA in 10 years and 2 billion by 2050. The obvious opportunities include feeding, clothing, transporting, powering, financing and serving this massive emerging market. More importantly, a rising generation of entrepreneurs are determined to position the continent as a hot-bed for innovation and a source of world changing solutions.
05/06/2014 - 13:00 to 13:30

Fablabs in Egypt, bam booming!

In only a span of a few years, the Fab Lab concept has gained an enormous momentum in Egypt with already 2 officially part of the international network. The demand for decentralized production and prototyping has boomed since the 2011 revolution with a sense of independence by the youth. Laser cutters, CNC machines, and 3D printers are not only spreading, start-ups and entrepreneurs are taking them to a global level.
05/07/2014 - 17:30 to 17:45