From May 11th to 13th, the World Economic Forum on Africa 2016 will take place in Kigali, Rwanda. The goal of the forum is to pursue new approaches to ignite structural transformation, particularly in the face of rapid technological changes that have the potential to create new industries and reduce inequality.
According to WEF Head of Africa Elsie Kanza, the female half of Africa’s population desperately need champions and role models to help empower a new generation of wealth and job creators by creating an environment where they can flourish. This is why the WEF is on the lookout for Africa’s top five female innovators – a quest which is proving difficult as there is such a wide range of candidates to choose from.
Africa’s economic outlook is expected to bounce back to 5% in 2016 due to the global economy. All the more reason to foster innovation amongst all sections of the population and thus unfold Africa’s full inventive potential.
Here more about this on Ventures Africa’s Soundcloud stream.
The ‘next Einstein’ referred to in the title of this blog is Amanda Weltman, a 36-year-old South African cosmologist working on the Chameleon field which is a way to explain the accelerated expansion of the universe and seen as an extension of Einstein’s work. Of course Weltman isn’t literally the next Einstein, but she is one of 15 “Next Einstein Fellows”.
Founded in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) was launched by two key partners – The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Robert Bosch Stiftung with the goal to bring together leading thinkers in science, policy, industry and civil society in Africa to leverage science to solve global challenges.
It’s crucial to provide an infrastructure and community in which high-end scientific research can be performed, for this is what paves the way for innovation. And the continent’s future scientific development could have a profound impact on the future of mankind.
To read more about this brilliant initiative check out the Next Einstein Forum website or check out this article on the BBC.
Only one year after the world’s first ever solar-powered airport was opened in India, South Africa opened the gates to the continent’s first solar-powered airport in the Western Cape in February. It’s the first of a total of nine planned airports run by Airports Company South Africa. At the moment 40% of the airport’s electricity needs are covered by the photo-voltaic panels, but the goal is for it to be totally independent of the national grid. Read more about it on Quartz.
Solar-powered innovation is thriving all over the African continent, as some of my previous blogposts have shown. I wonder what’s next. Any ideas?