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”.
Prof. Janewa Osei-Tutu (J.D., LL.M), Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University, spoke on “Redefining Intellectual Property Progress”, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series of Open AIR and the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society. Her presentation argued for the use of human development as a metric for intellectual property policy in African countries.
Under the theme of “Two Decades of TRIPS and Three Decades of Openness”, more than 400 delegates from over 50 countries are in New Delhi for the 15-17 December 4th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (GCIP). Participants range from established academics to students and activists, all engaged in matters touching on intellectual property (IP).
Open AIR was strongly represented at he 34th Advancement of Training and Research for Intellectual Property (ATRIP) Congress, convened in Cape Town under the theme of “Intellectual Property in Action in Society”.