Open A.I.R. Photo Albums

9 December 2013 - Open A.I.R. Conference Day 1

Day 1 of the Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa, on Monday 9 December 2013 at the University of Cape Town's (UCT's) Graduate School of Business (GSB) Breakwater Lodge campus, featured discussion and debate on the content of Open A.I.R. Project research since 2011, as featured in the Open A.I.R. book. The volume, published by UCT Press and entitled Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa, was publicly launched on this same day. UCT Press Publisher Sandy Shepherd performed the book launch. Also featured on Day 1 were KeyPoint presentations by Herman Ntchatcho of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and Jetane Weyers of South Africa's National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO). UCT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Danie Visser closed the day's proceedings with words of support for the Open A.I.R. Project and for the Project's hosting entity, the IP Unit in the UCT Faculty of Law. View all the Conference Day 1 photos.

9 December 2013 - Open A.I.R. Braai

Following the launch of its book and the closing of Conference Day 1, the Open A.I.R. Project hosted a braai (barbeque) for delegates at Cape Town's Platteklip Lodge, in Table Mountain National Park. View all the braai photos.

10 December 2013 - Open A.I.R. Conference Day 2

Day 2 of the Open A.I.R. Conference, on 10 December 2013, focussed on presentation of, and delegate engagement with, the Open A.I.R. Project's scenarios research, as outlined in the Open A.I.R. publication entitled Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future. Delegates were immersed in the possible future worlds of each of the three secnarios - entitled Wireless Engagement, Informal - the New Normal and Sincerely Africa - through presentations by the scenarios' lead writers and lead researchers (Shirin Elahi, Jeremy de Beer, Nagla Rizk, Dick Kawooya and Chidi Oguamanam), through visits to three themed breakaway rooms, and through dramatic representations of the scenarios performed by Cape Town-based actors. Day 2 also featured KeyPoint presenations by Fernando dos Santos of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) and Peter Drahos of Australian National University. View all the Conference Day 2 photos.

11 December 2013 - 3rd Global Congress Day 1

Wednesday 11 December 2013 marked the launch of the 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest, hosted by Open A.I.R. and the University of Cape Town to follow on from the first two Global Congresses in Washington, DC (2011) and Rio de Janeiro (2012). The official welcome to the Cape Town 3rd Global Congress was provided by Ahmed Abdel Latif of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). KeyPoint presentations were delivered by Nagla Rizk of The American University in Cairo (AUC), Ruth Okediji of the University of Minnesota, Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa, Mark Heywood of South Africa's SECTION27, Susan Sell of George Washington University, Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Chidi Oguamanam of the University of Ottawa, Enyinna Nwauche of the University of Botswana and Margaret Chon of the University of Seattle. For the final sessions of this Global Congress day, delegates met according to five thematic tracks: 1. User Rights, 2. Openness, 3. Enforcement, 4. Traditional Knowledge (TK) and 5. Access to Medicines. View all the Global Congress Day 1 photos.

10 December 2013 - Open A.I.R. Reception

Day 2's proceedings were followed by another Open A.I.R. Project social event, a cocktail reception on the terrace of the Breakwater Lodge. The reception's DJ was Richard Nwamba, host of South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Radio's weekly African music programme, African Connection. View all the cocktail reception photos.

11 December 2013 - Global Congress Dinner

The dinner marking the 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest was held at Moyo restaurant in Cape Town's V&A Waterfront precinct. Again the event's DJ was African SABC Radio personality and African music specialist Richard Nwamba. View all the Global Congress dinner photos.

13 December 2013 - Closing Day of Global Congress

The Global Congress closed on Friday 13 December with report-backs from leaders of the five thematic tracks - 1. User Rights, 2. Openness, 3. Enforcement, 4. Traditional Knowledge (TK) and 5. Access to Medicines - and with thank yous to the hosting team at the University of Cape Town, including the rapporteurs, Convener Michelle Willmers, Adminstrator Phyllis Webb and Coordinator Nan Warner. Also on this last day of the Cape Town Global Congress, UCT IP Unit Director Tobias Schonwetter handed over the Global Congress "torch" (a microphone) to Jeremy Malcolm of Consumers International (CI) in Kuala Lumpur and Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in Bangalore. Malcolm and Abraham will be among the convenors of the 4th Global Congress in Kuala Lumpur in early 2015. View all Global Congress closing day photos.

Launching Workshop, May 2011, Cape Town

The Open A.I.R. Network network was launched in May 2011 during a four-day workshop at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Breakwater Lodge conference centre. This Cape Town launch was attended by more than than 35 delegates from 17 countries (Egypt, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, India, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, the UK, the US and Canada).

Traditional Knowledge (TK) Commons Forum, February 2012

One of the six Open A.I.R. Thematic Working Groups, the group focussing on the concept of the traditional knowledge (TK) commons, met at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in February 2012 for a forum entitled "Non-Traditional Users of Traditional Knowledge (TK): Opportunities and Challenges around Compliance". The meeting, convened by the non-profit group Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment, brought together lawyers and legal researchers working in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa with traditional healers from South Africa. The meeting addressed a range of issues, including: (1) how to define the concept of a TK commons; (2) modes for pooling and sharing of TK; (3) the perspectives of traditional healers in relation to notions of TK-sharing; and (4) possible policy frameworks in suppor of TK commons arrangements.

Interim Workshop, March 2012, Nairobi

The Open A.I.R. Interim Workshop, from 26 to 29 March 2012 at the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi, brought together researchers working on each of the 19 research case studies, as well as project management and funding partners. Delegates to the Interim Workshop engaged with the initial findings from the case studies, conducted foresight research exercises, and planned the project's training and outreach activities for 2012 and 2013.

Nairobi Public Seminar, March 2012

The Open A.I.R. Project convened a seminar – entitled “How Can Intellectual Property (IP) Be Harnessed for Open Development in Africa?” – on the afternoon of Thursday 29 March 2012 at the Fairview Hotel, Nairobi. Seminar moderators were Open A.I.R. Steering Committee (SC) member Sisule Musungu of IQsensato and Open A.I.R. Research Fellow Milton Lore of Bridgeworks Africa Ltd. The panellists were Dr. Henry Mutai, who is Managing Director of the Kenyan Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), along with Alex Gakuru of the ICT Consumers Association of Kenya (ICAK), John Kieti of Nairobi's m:lab East Africa innovation incubator, and Open A.I.R. network member Dr. Marisella Ouma, who is the Executive Director of the Kenya Copyright Board.

Methodology Workshop, June 2012

Ten Open A.I.R. case study researchers attended the project's Methodology Workshop on 4-5 June 2012 at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Facilitated by Open A.I.R. Methodology Consultant Dr. Donna Podems of OtherWISE, the workshop focussed on best practices when conducting case studies.

Research Fellows' Activities

Open A.I.R. Research Fellows are based for three months at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Law's IP Law & Policy Research Unit.