This South African Maker Movement Workshop was hosted at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria, South Africa, with support from Open AIR and the University of the Witwatersrand’s LINK Centre. The African maker movement is focused on largely informal, openness-oriented innovation by collectives of interdisciplinary makers working … Continue reading South African Maker Movement Workshop
TIME: 5:30-7:30 pm A joint event between Open AIR and the Africa Study Group, this panel discussion features Mariam Diallo (founder of the Malian NGO Femmes, Leadership et Développement durable), Ketty Nivyabandi (Nobel Women’s Institute), and Jane Parpart (Adjunct Professor at University of Ottawa and Carleton University), chaired by Marcia Burdette. The presentations will be in … Continue reading What Could a Canadian Feminist International Assistance Policy Mean for Africa?
Time: 11:30 AM – 13:30 PM Native American nations in the United States have a long history of fighting for their treaty and other rights as they relate to the ownership of land and mineral resources. This is something that has impacted their relationships with the US Federal regulatory structures such as the Environmental Protection … Continue reading Distinguished Speaker Series: The Traditional Knowledge and IP Protection in US Tribal Codes
The Walrus Talks is a national series of events about Canada and its place in the world. Each event offers thoughtful, inspiring thinking from scholars, writers, performers, scientists, artists, and business leaders.
The Africa Study Group Presents: “The Nollywood Phenomenon: open innovation and creative entrepreneurship”
Chidi Oguamanam is a law professor at the University of Ottawa, advisor to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and a founder of ABS Canada and Open AIR (African Innovation Research). His presentation will give preliminary findings from his case study: The Nollywood Phenomenon: Open Innovation and Creative Entrepreneurship at the Grassroots, which goes beyond Nollywood’s focus on pop culture and on “the social and cultural forces of the local” to showcase the realities of the everyday lives of ordinary West Africans as a kind of openness worthy of interrogation.
Open AIR South Africa researchers Dr. Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Dr. Chris Armstrong made a presentation at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) outlining their findings on the maker movement in South Africa’s Gauteng Province. In their presentation to faculty and PhD students at the UJ Department of Economics and Econometrics, Kraemer-Mbula and Armstrong highlighted their findings on maker collectives’ approaches to innovation, skills development, collaboration, and outreach.
Mr. Ibrahim Safadi is the CEO of Luminus Group and Luminus Education. Luminus Education aims to create a scalable model which could be replicated in the MENA region, addressing the mismatch between the skill sets of youth and the labor market needs.
Reconciling Traditions: A legal workshop on access and benefit sharing, indigenous traditional knowledge, and biodiversity
As a range of stakeholders turn to Aboriginal TK and genetic resources to develop new products and adopt strategies for sustaining biodiversity and protecting the environment, a number of important questions emerge.
Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji, Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Abia State Commissioner for Education, spoke on “Intellectual Property Rights and Public-Sponsored Internships in Private Spaces: Lessons from the E4E (Education for Employment) Program in Nigeria”, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series of Open AIR and the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society.
Dr. Anthony Kakooza, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Uganda Christian University, spoke on “Dealing with Trans-Border Quasi-Intellectual Property”, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series of Open AIR and Strathmore University.
Open AIR’s Jeremy de Beer, Chidi Oguamanam (via a video message), and Victoria Schorr, led a CAAS 2016 Conference roundtable session entitled “The Open African Innovation Partnership: A New Approach to Canada-Africa Relations for the 21st Century”.
Beyond openness: Investigating the success factors of open approaches to collaboration and innovation
Open AIR Post-Doctoral Fellow Hani Morsi, of the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) in Cairo, gave a seminar entitled “Beyond Openness: Investigating the Success Factors of Open Approaches to Collaboration and Innovation”.
ABS Canada held the second of three scheduled capacity building workshops and focus groups on Access and Benefit Sharing with Aboriginal communities from Central Canada. The forum’s objectives included awareness-raising, capacity building, and identification and discussion of issues relating to ABS in Canada from Aboriginal and other stakeholder perspectives.
An interactive session on access and benefit sharing with Aboriginal Peoples. Chidi Oguamanam is a member of the Open AIR Steering Committee and Freedom-Kai Phillips isan Open AIR Fellow.
Professors Chidi Oguamanam and Jeremy de Beer presented at the International Law Speaker Series, hosted by the University of Ottawa and sponsored by the International Law Group. The talk was entitled “The Open African Innovation Partnership: A New Approach to Canada-Africa Relations for the 21st Century”.