• Aimonia Gomes Cabral

NEF Africa Science Week Guinea-Bissau

Atualizado: 21 de Set de 2018

Promoting Guinea-Bissau’s Emerging Technology Ecosystem

During the month of September, InnovaLab, the first startup-accelerator in Guinea-Bissau, will host, in partnership with the Next Einstein Fórum (NEF), a week of science and technology. This event is aimed at promoting new technologies on the African continent.

The second edition of the NEF Africa Science Week (ASW) will take place in 30 countries in Africa. Following the successful first edition that saw Africa Science Week take place in 15 countries (Rwanda, Morocco, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo Brazaville, Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa) the organizers decided to extend the program to include more African countries, including Guinea-Bissau.

NEF Africa Science Week is Africa’s annual three-day celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to technologists – to encourage citizens to get involved, become interested in science all across the continent. NEF Africa Science Week is designed for all age groups and brims with events and activities and talks and shows for every age group. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of African scientists to the body of knowledge of science and elicits an interest in science pursuits among the general public.

Led by NEF Ambassadors, this signature program is designed for many age groups and provides an opportunity for citizens to engage in everyday science. The program is designed to instill a curiosity of learning and interest in STEM pursuits among the public and allows young Africans, especially women, to acknowledge that they, too, can become excellent scientists and technologists by pursuing these fields.

NEF Ambassadors are the NEF’s young science and technology champions, one from each African country. Adulai Bary from InnovaLab was selected as the 2017-19 Next Einstein Forum Ambassador for Guinea-Bissau from an application pool of over 300 applications. During Africa Science Week, NEF Ambassadors in countries across Africa will organize three major events throughout the week.

The objectives of the ASW activity plan, as outlined by InnovaLab, the host of the event, are to increase engagement around initiatives that are at the core of both InnovaLab and NEF’s mission, including: entrepreneurship and innovation, technology ecosystem development, and startup mentorship & incubation.

ASW will be held at Ceiba Hotel from September 25th to 29th. A rich program has been developed for all age groups, and the specific activities have been divided into the following sessions:

  1. The DigiKid Day “The Future Guinean Einstein Day” will include activities dedicated to the best primary school students from Guinea-Bissau and will be held at SOS Village in Canchungo.

  2. STEM Career Fair The convening of companies and new graduates will celebrate the launch a technology application called WUTIKO, an interconnection platform between companies and their potential and/or future employees. The platform will bring more visibility to companies in pursuit of professional profiles. Companies with platform access will benefit from an extensive base of resumes that meet their needs.

  3. The Women in Science Day will include a debate about the role of women in this science and how institutions and communities can to reinforce their participation through concrete action.

  4. Research and Innovation Talks These discussions will cover the state of science and research in Guinea-Bissau, strategies to increase funding, and interest in research and innovation, challenges and opportunities in the industry, and a brainstorming session on how to foster a research and innovation environment in Guinea-Bissau.

  5. Seedstar Competition the 10 best startups from Bissau will be invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete to be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Bissau 2018. The winning startup will join the global Seedstars Family and take part in the regional and global Seedstars Summits in Switzerland.

  6. Bissau Digital Show & Science Expo The first ever 3 day Digital Show & Science Expo in Guinea-Bissau will exhibit science & technology as it is used on a daily basis. The expo will bring together university students and various industry players including: FabLab, Telco companies, Banks, schools and Universities of ICT & Science, and international ICT companies.

  7. Executive Talks These executive debates with industry specialists will focus on the economic opportunities provided by new technologies.

For more information on Africa Science Week in Guinea-Bissau, please visit: ASW Program Schedule

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Aimonia Cabral - contact@innovalab-gw.com

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