Open AIR Launches New Website

During the past decade, Open AIR has evolved into one of Africa’s most unique and credible voices on innovation and intellectual property. This newsletter highlights some of our recent activities recognizing Africa’s role in the global knowledge economy.

Part of our evolution includes the evolution of our website and online content. We are pleased to announce that our website has now moved to the new .africa domain and has been redesigned.
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Open AIR's Annual Report 2018 is now available 

Open AIR’s latest Annual Report reveals new insights about scaling up African innovation. Read the report to learn how Open AIR is solving scalability challenges at the heart of intellectual property and innovation policy.

Read the Annual Report 

Open AIR Releases 10 New Working Papers in 2018

Our Working Paper series continues with ten new Working Papers this year. From clustered microenterprises in Nigeria, to open collaborative innovation in Botswana, to 3D printing in Kenya and South Africa, Open AIR researchers have had a productive year writing about a host of topics on the continent.

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Les Fablabs en Afrique : une utopie à l’épreuve des réalités locales

Du 6 au 10 mai 2018, la ville de Dakar accueillait le Festival Afropixel 6 sur la thématique « Utopies non-alignées : Imaginaires numériques ». À cette occasion, Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou été invité (en compagnie de Daniel Sciboz) à préparer et modérer le débat qui s’est tenu le 08 Mai 2018 au Kër Thiossane sur « Arts et métiers du numérique au Sénégal : le Fablab entre promesses et perspectives locales ».

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Congratulations to Caroline Ncube on becoming a SARChI chair

This year, Open AIR Researcher and Steering Committee member, Caroline Ncube of UCT, was awarded a SARChI research chair in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development. This is a well deserved acknowledgement of Ncube’s contribution to the field of intellectual property law and her focus on the promotion of public interest and innovation.

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