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Industry giants HP, Google, Oracle & IBM are just some of the high profile global organisations attending Innovation Africa 2013 in Botswana this month.

Botswana's Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi (image: file)
Botswana’s Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi (image: file)

The summit, being held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre this October 15-17, will also be hosting a record number of ministers and officials from various African ministries of education, ICT and science & technology.

It has been organised by AfricanBrains, part of The Brains Network, and is being held under the Patronage of The Botswana Ministry of Education & Skills Development.  It will feature a welcome address by Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

The purpose of the summit is to connect industry to government & civil society whilst continuing the need and opportunity for greater public private partnership in education, science and research in sub-Saharan Africa. Central to the success of the event is the participation of the private sector committing to investing in ICT, science & research. These include other big name technology brands such as Microsoft, Intel, Samsung and Cisco.


Innovation Africa 2013 is a meetings-based event for ministers and captains of industry to engage in discussions. It will incorporate (with 30 ministries and 200 investors) over 700 simultaneous private roundtable meetings during two afternoons. This is set against a backdrop of morning Q & A sessions where all participating ministers and deputies for education and ICT take part in panel discussions which will tackle a number of key topics, including:

* ICT for Education – Smarter Education, Digital Learning & Content Development

* Developing Human Capital – Preparing for the Knowledge Economy

* Communications Infrastructure for Education

* Education Technology – Empowerment of Teachers & Students Through Connectivity

* Higher Education in Africa – Collaborative Learning & Research

* Education Management – Rural Development, Early Learning, Monitoring & Assessment

AfricanBrains has been working closely with Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and her team to maximise the number of participating ministers and officials from across the continent. To date, Innovation Africa 2013 has confirmation of ministerial participation from the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For more information on this land-mark event please visit www.innovation-africa.com

Staff writer

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