Open Innovation Africa Summit²

May 28 - May 30, 2012
Nairobi Kenya


Open Innovation Africa Summit²
Time: Monday, May 28th - Wednesday, May 30th
Location: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

Nokia, infoDev and Capgemini will be organizing the second Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS²) between 28th and 30th of May 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya and would be excited to have you participating at the profound debates and thought-leader presentations that help to shape the future of the African innovation society. OIAS² builds on the results of the inaugural Open Innovation Africa Summit, organized in December 2010, by continuing to cultivate collaboration and to promote a reflective mindset among the African innovation ecosystem stakeholders and leaders by enabling a living dialogue and exchange of ideas from which practical outcomes and actions can be jointly agreed and pursued.

The OIAS² offers a highly motivating platform to continue high level debates among stakeholders (policy makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, financiers, researchers, etc.) on national or regional strategies that support strengthening of innovation ecosystems and emergence of African entrepreneurs and innovators. The discussions will be facilitated by Capgemini’s facilitation methodology – Accelerated Solutions Environment – and supported by their team of facilitators.

This year the topic of leadership will take center stage. We believe that it is not enough to only have policies, strategies and plans in place, but one needs superior execution and leadership to drive acceleration of the African entrepreneurship and innovations. To reach the ambitious targets for socio-economic development and indigenous innovation we need to adopt new models of leadership and organizational culture. Innovation will only flourish in an environment where information flows uninterrupted and where people feel empowered and trusted. Our objective is to learn from leading practitioners and to celebrate African leadership role models, in other words to stimulate discussion around what should be the African Leadership model in the 21st century.

OIAS² will have four deep-dive streams, where participants will have an opportunity to learn about the latest ideas and innovations and to contribute to a lively discussion about the future direction. The streams will be 1. The Mobile Information Society, 2. Technology and Innovation Financing, 3. eTransformation and 4. The Ecosystem for Innovation. Find out more about the streams below.

The OIAS is organized in association with the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy program, which is a partnership between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, infoDev and Nokia.

Thematic Deep-dive Streams

Leadership for Innovation (Summit theme)
Stimulate discussion on leadership models and the type of leadership required to drive innovation in the 21st century Africa: turn plans into concrete results by collaborating and empowering teams, identify required skills and mindsets to successfully lead people, build organizations and mobilize teams towards the vision of the African innovation society.

Technology & Innovation Financing
Identify gaps in innovation financing and develop new approaches and propose methodologies for financing growth-oriented entry level SMEs: new types of angel and startup funds, venture capital and access to finance instruments. PDF Download

The Mobile Information Society
Examine mechanisms to speed up adoption of mobile solutions that bridge digital and information divides by stimulating the local developer ecosystem: mLabs as developer training and incubation hubs, disruptive monetization models and required policy and regulatory reforms to enable rapid expansion of the mobile content and application industry. PDF Download

Engage in the debate on how ICTs are transforming the African landscape for social and economic development: With a focus on ICT use in sectors like Health, Education, Agriculture and Climate Change Adaptation, this theme will seek to identify successful projects that can be replicated and scaled up. PDF Download

The Ecosystem for Innovation
Explore practices, structures and policies needed to stimulate and create the enabling environment for innovation: Open Innovation models, collaboration platforms and policy instruments to stimulate cross-sectoral research and innovation. PDF Download


OIAS² will be following the world famous Capgemini Accelerated Solutions Environment methodology where a combination of thought-leader presentations, immersion and in-depth discussions will be used to explore the topics and to identify concrete implementable solutions.

Please note!: The methodology assumes that participants spend the entire two and half days at the summit from initial deep-dive sessions to identification of solutions.

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OIAS² Challenge

Open Innovation Africa Summit aspires to stimulate discussion about the role of entrepreneurship, innovators and ICTs in Africa, not just amongst the OIAS² participants, but in the virtual space as well. To open the discussion to as many innovation enthusiasts as possible we are organizing a virtual ideation challenge where we ask participants to come up with ideas on how to ensure that ideas in Africa turn into shining innovations and successful businesses! The best ideators will be sponsored to participate at the summit.

Please follow the link to the ideation competition:

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Day 1  Monday, May 28

  • 08:00 Registration of participants
  • 08:30 Welcome (Plenary hall)
  • 09:00 Opening of OIAS²
    MC: Jussi Hinkkanen, VP Corporate Relations, Nokia
    Dr Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Sec., Kenyan Government
    Ambassador Sofie From-Emmesberger, Finnish Government
    Valerie d’Costa, Program Manager, infoDev
    Shiv Shivakumar, Senior Vice President IMEA, Nokia
    Setting the scene for OIAS²: Jussi Hinkkanen
  • 10:00 Stream introductions
  • 10:30 Break
    11:00 Stream breakout (Stream rooms)
    Way of working • Keynote • Tradeshow presentations
    Discussion: Critical success factors
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:45 Leadership in the 21st century (Plenary hall)
    Fred Swaniker, ALA
    Patrick Awuah, Ashesi University
    African leaders – videos
  • 14:50 Group discussion (Stream rooms)
    Cross-stream groups of 6-8 people • Sharing of findings
  • 15:50 Break
  • 16:15 Stream breakout (Stream rooms)
    Interactive deep dive into stream issues
  • 17:15 Day closing (Plenary hall)
    Demo competition of African innovators
    Panel summaries • Intro to evening program and Day 2
  • 17:30 Cocktails and demos (Cocktail area)
  • 19:00 Dinner (Nyama Choma)

Day 2  Tuesday, May 29

  • 08:30 Welcome (Plenary hall)
  • 09:00 Day opening
  • 09:10 Global leadership trends
    Dr. Yves Morieux, BCG
  • 10:15 Stream breakout (Stream rooms)
  • 11:15 Break
  • 11:40 Stream breakout (Stream rooms)
    Obstacles & preconditions
    Reporting of findings (Main room)
  • 13:10 Lunch
  • 14:25 Stream breakout (Stream rooms)
    Wrapping up day's discussion
  • 15:25 Break
  • 16:00 Cross-stream theme market (Demo area)
    Individual assignment
  • 17:25 Day closing (Plenary hall)
    Introduction to evening program and Day 3
  • 19:00 Dinner in the jungle (Paradise theme park)

Day 3 Wednesday, May 30

  • 08:30 Welcome (Plenary hall)
  • 09:00 Day opening
  • 09:10 Stream breakout (Stream rooms)
    Brainstorming of concrete initiatives
  • 10:30 Break
  • 11:00 Stream breakout (Stream rooms)
    Selection of recommended initiatives
  • 12:00 Stream breakout (Stream rooms)
    Preparation of final presentation
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Final reporting (Plenary hall)
    Presentation of conclusions, 2 min for each idea
  • 14:15 Wrap-up and closing
    Transport to airport

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Speaker Bios

You can download a PDF file of all the OIAS 2012 speakers here.

Dr. Bitange Ndemo is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications, Goverment of Kenya

Prior to his appoitnment as Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ndemo was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi's Business School, where he taught entreprenuership, management and research methods. Most of his research work centres on Small and Medium Enterprises in kenya with emphasis on Social Enterprise.

Dr. Ndemo hods a PhD in Industrial Economics from the University of Sheffield in the UK, an MBA and Bachelor's degree in Finance and Accoutning from the University of Minnesota. In the early 1990s, he was a Financial Systems Analyst at Medtronic Inc., a Fortune 500 company in the USA.

His current position entails policy formulation, and overseeing implementation of ICT projects. Dr. Ndemo has been involved in initiatives to lower the cost of accessing ICTs (connectivity, hardware and software) in Keny and the region. His priority has been to connect East Africa to the rest of the World through the under-sea fibre optic cable. He is at the forefront of developing the demand side of ICTs by actively promoting Business Process Outsourcing in both urban and rural areas.

Ambassador Sofie From-Emmesberger is the Ambassador of Finland to Kenya since 1 September 2011. Prior to her current assignment she served as Director in the Political Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. She has served in the Finnish Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and in the Finnish Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Mrs. From-Emmesberger joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1996. She holds a Masters of Law degree from the University of Helsinki and she pursued European Studies at the University of Saarland in Germany.

Shiv Shivakumar is a senior executive with strong academic passion for corporate leadership. He is currently based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and holds the position of Senior Vice President for Nokia India, Middle East and Africa, thus being responsible for Nokia activities in this vast region. Previously Mr. Shivakumar managed Nokia activities in India, being the largest multi-national company in the country. Prior to joining Nokia Mr. Shivakumar acted as CEO of Philips Consumer Electronics in India and held several senior positions at Unilever.

Mr. Shivakumar successes include nomination of Nokia as the most trusted brand in India as, being recognized as Best India CEO by the Asia Brand Congress and receiving a leadership award for revitalizing Philips brand in India.

Mr. Shivakumar has an engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology and holds MBA from Indian Institute of Management.

Valerie D'Costa is infoDev's Program Manager, and has had a distinguished career in private legal practice and in government service prior to this position. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Laws degree from University College, University of London. She has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to the ICT4D agenda and leads infoDev's efforts to advance the role that ICTs can play in fighting poverty and empowering people. She most recently served as Director of the International Division at the Info-Communication Development Authority of Singapore - the government agency charged with the development, promotion and regulation of Singapore's ICT sector. There, Ms. D'Costa was responsible for the formulation of the Singapore Government's policies on international ICT issues and oversees bilateral relations with other countries on ICT issues.

Yves Morieux leads Boston Consulting Group’s global development of approaches to help corporations create the structural and behavioral conditions for competitive advantage. He is a BCG Fellow and director of the BCG Institute for Organization, counseling executives on a worldwide basis as an expert in corporate transformations.

Prior to joining BCG, Dr Morieux was a Director in a private research and counseling practice that specialized in the application of state-of-art results from social sciences to corporations, public organizations and markets.

Yves Morieux holds a PhD (industrial economics) from the University of Strathclyde in the UK, a DEA in organizational sociology from the Paris Institute of Political Science, and a postgraduate certificate in maths from the University of Glasgow.

He lectures at the Advanced Sociology Program of the Paris Institute of Political Science, and is a social science expert for the French National Research Agency (ANR).

Dr. Patrick Awuah is the Founder and President of Ashesi University College, a private, not-for-profit institution that has quickly gained a reputation for innovation and quality education in Ghana.

Before founding Ashesi, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft where, among other things, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internetworking technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion. He holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College, and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. In 2004, Swarthmore awarded Patrick an honorary doctorate in recognition of his leadership in African higher education.

Patrick was nominated as a Global Leader 2007 by the World Economic Forum; and in recognition of his service to Ghana, was awarded Membership of the Order of the Volta by His Excellency, President J.A. Kufuor in July 2007. The Order of the Volta is one of Ghana’s highest awards, given to individuals who exemplify the ideal of service to the country.

Mr. Ilari Patrick Lindy is Senior ICT Policy Specialist at the ICT Sector Unit. Before joining the World Bank, he worked as Senior Advisor at the Department of Development Policy in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland advising on strategic development MFA’s global policies and instruments related to information society as well as science, technology and innovation. He has previously served as Counsellor on ICT4D for Ministry at the Embassy of Finland in South Africa, Senior Expert for European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and Project Officer at the European Commission DG Information Society. Ilari has been involved in wide range of international, regional and national initiatives supporting innovation policy and systems development with particular focus on development and take-up of ICT enabled innovations. Most recently he co-chaired the European expert group of EU-Africa strategic partnership no 8 focusing on science, information society and space. He is currently interested to learn more on ICT-enabled social and economic development achieved through various Open Innovation and grassroots approaches.

Barbara James is Founder and CEO of Henshaw Capital Partners. Henshaw is a $400 million fund investing in private equity and venture capital funds across Africa. Henshaw positions itself as a vehicle for institutional investors – pension, insurance, endowment and sovereign funds in Africa and internationally, to invest in African private equity, through its diversified portfolio of professionally selected funds.

Until May 2007, was Managing Director of the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and currently serves on its Executive Board. Barbara has been instrumental in the development of innovative venture capital solutions in Africa. They include initiating the African Diaspora SME Fund; advocating for UK (and G8) tax incentives to investors in African venture capital; a African Technical Assistance Fund and the first independent African venture capital Fund of Funds.

Patrik Huber is Regional Manager, Africa at responsAbility Social Investments. Patrik Huber has been with responsibility it was launched in in 2003 and played a key role in developing various investment products, the company's investment processes, and related systems. He also analyzed microfinance institutions as candidates for debt and equity financing. Before joining responsAbility, Patrik Huber was engaged in various private banking projects at Credit Suisse. He has a degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen, where he specialized in environmental management and economics.

Jamila Abbass-CEO & Co-Founder at M-Farm. I was born in North Eastern part of Kenya,an arid land. When I was a kid, my brother and I used to grow coriander and kales next to our well and sell it to the neighbors. The dry land did not deter me from farming. My entrepreneurial journey started at an early age and did not stop there.

In 2010,I co-founded M-Farm and quit my job at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI/University of Washington) where I worked as a Medical Records Systems developer. I worked as a Software Engineer in other companies like African Virtual University and also served as the Business Development Manager of the Akirachix, an IT forum for girls. I strive to empower people, especially women, with the knowledge to unleash their potential and drive growth in the East African IT sector.

Dr. Tim Kelly is Lead ICT Policy Specialist in the ICT Sector Unit of the World Bank. Tim leads the analytical work program on ICT for Development, which is shared with infoDev. He has been task team leader on the Creating Sustainable Businesses for the Knowledge Economy and eTransform Africa programs. He was formerly Head of the Strategy and Policy Unit of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and previously worked with the OECD and Logica Consultancy Ltd.

Over the last 25 years, Dr Kelly has specialised in the economics of information and communication technologies. He has written or co-authored more than 30 books on the subject including the World Bank’s “Building Broadband”, ITU’s “Internet Reports” and “World Telecommunication Development Report” and OECD’s “Communications Outlook”. He has an MA (Hons) degree in geography and a PhD in industrial economics from Cambridge University.

Philippe Dongier is sector manager of the World Bank Group's GICT Department. He has management responsibility for World Bank policy and operational engagements in the telecommunications and ICT sectors globally, working with more than 80 countries. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Dongier managed World Bank support to Afghanistan's reconstruction and led an initiative on strengthening the Bank's organizational effectiveness. He also played a range of leadership roles in the infrastructure and sustainable development sectors. Before joining the Bank, Mr. Dongier worked for five years with McKinsey & Company in Canada, the United States, Asia, and Europe, advising companies and governments on issues of strategy and organizational reform, including in the telecommunications and information technology (IT) industries. Earlier, he was based in Nepal for six years, where he worked for the Canadian Center for International Cooperation (CECI) in support of community infrastructure and microfinance programs. He has a master's degree in business administration from INSEAD and a bachelor's in economics from McGill University.

As Senior Consultant and Technology Transfer Strategist, Mr. Nam Mokwunye contributes substantively to Vital Wave Consulting’s complex research and end-to-end commercialization projects. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and an expert in mHealth and capacity building, especially in technology transfer and localization. Mr. Mokwunye has 10 years of experience with strategic business development and management in both the Fortune 500 and start-up environments in American and Emerging Markets, including Ghana and Nigeria.

Mr. Mokwunye holds a MBA/MFA from University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he was a Flavin Fellow. He was a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University and spent an additional three years as a visiting scholar on ICT in Africa at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies. Mr. Mokwunye is a Pop!Tech Fellow for social innovation. His undergraduate degree was awarded from Dartmouth College.

Ben Akoh is a researcher and expert in education, ICTs, media, internet and technology policy. His research interests are in exploring the nexus of education, culture, and the internet for sustainable growth and development. He is an instructor at the University of Manitoba delivering technology based courses on emerging technologies, open education resources and digital literacy and has supported various pro-democracy and open dialogues in media and internet initiatives in Africa and globally. He works for a policy think tank in Canada, with past private, nonprofit and UN experiences. He has lived and worked in East, West and Southern Africa.

F F Tusubira, CEO of UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking, is a Board member of: TENET, the Research and Education Network of South Africa; RENU, the Research and Education Network of Uganda; the Internet Educational Equal Access Foundation; the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN Global); National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (Chair); and Advisory Panel to the Research and Education Networking Unit of the Association of African Universities.  Key competencies: ICT policy and regulation; ICT for development, with extensive regional experience in sub-Saharan Africa. Holds a PhD (Southampton, UK); M.Sc.E (New Brunswick, Canada); and a B.Sc. (Engineering) 1st Class Hons (Makerere University, Uganda).

Engineer Enock Yonazi is a Principal Telecommunications Engineer in the Department of Transport & ICT of the African Development Bank (AfDB). He is currently a Task Manager for the Bank’s Telecommunications /ICT projects for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Enock has a Master of Information Technology from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He has been working in the field of Telecommunication/ICT since 1986 when he joined the Tanzania Scientific Research Council which was later changed to the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). He later (2002) worked with the East African Community (EAC) as Senior Communications Engineer responsible for the Communications Sector and e- Government. His special interest in ICT is in development of policy, strategies and regulatory frameworks.

Dr. Bakary Diallo has been working in the education sector for the last 19 years as a secondary school teacher, an academic, a consultant, a project administrator and a researcher. He joined the African Virtual University (AVU), an Intergovernmental Organization based in Nairobi Kenya, which specializes in Open Distance and Electronic Learning in August 2005. He held several senior positions within the organization before his appointment as the CEO/Rector of the AVU in August 2007. Prior to joining the AVU, he worked at the University of Ottawa as a part-time Lecturer at the Faculty of Education from July 2001 to July 2005, and as a Consultant of Integration of ICT in Education, at the Center for University Teaching. He taught at the Secondary Level in Senegal from 1988 to 1997 before joining the University of Ottawa in 1997. His latest research activities focus on the use of ICT in higher educational institutions.

Jussi Hinkkanen holds the position of Vice President of Corporate Relations and Business Environment for Nokia Middle-East and Africa and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is responsible for Nokia’s government relations, corporate responsibility and innovation leadership activities in the region with the objective of improving the operating environment of the ICT sector. Mr. Hinkkanen worked previously as Adviser to the Minister of Science and Technology in Mozambique and acted as CEO of Mozambique Research and Education Network (MoRENet) as well as coordinator of the Mozambique eGovernment and Communication Infrastructure Project (MEGCIP). Prior to relocating to Africa Mr. Hinkkanen held various positions in Finnish multi-national companies in the area of product life-cycle management, enterprise architectures and R&D processes.

Mr. Hinkkanen Holds Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the University of Tampere, Finland.

Alan Knott-Craig is founder of World of Avatar and CEO of Mxit, Africa’s largest social network. Between 2003 and 2006 co-founded five companies in the mobile telecoms sector. In 2006 appointed managing director of iBurst, a wireless broadband network operator in South Africa. In April 2008 published Don’t Panic, a best-selling book aimed at persuading emigrant South Africans to return home. In June 2008 founded The Trust, an NGO focused on assisting charities access skills and capital. In 2009 named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Alan is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Michael Pedersen is the entrepreneur behind Uhasibu, the cloud based accounting package for small and medium companies in East Africa.
Having run an IT consultancy in Europe and Kenya for the previous 10 years, Michael has great insight to challenges and solutions relevant to SME's. With a strong background in both computer science and business administration Michael has a proven track record of utilising technology to achieve business objectives.

Bosun Tijani is Co-Founder, Co-creation Hub NIgeria . Co-creation Hub Nigeria is a non-profit social enterprise that aims to provide a shared work space for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies and investors to collaborate on innovative tech ideas and solutions for the country. Located in Yaba, Nigeria, the hub is strategically located in the vicinity of prominent Nigerian universities such as the University of Lagos. This would hopefully help strengthen the hub’s collaborations with academia and give it the benefit of having student and faculty research in technology influence the hub’s ideas.

Raised in Kenya and Sudan, Erik Hersman is a technologist and blogger who lives in Nairobi. He is a co-founder of Ushahidi, a free and open source platform for crowdsourcing information and visualizing data. He is the founder of AfriGadget, a multi-author site that showcases stories of African inventions and ingenuity, and an African technology blogger at In 2010 he founded the iHub, Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community, bringing together entrepreneurs, hackers, designers and the investment community.

Erik is a TED Senior Fellow, a PopTech Fellow and speaker and an organizer for Maker Faire Africa. You can find him on Twitter at @WhiteAfrican.

Fred Swaniker is an entrepreneur with deep experience in education and leadership on the African continent. He is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is the Founder & CEO of African Leadership Academy, a world-class, pan-African secondary school that aims to develop future generations of African leaders. He has extensive experience launching and managing private educational institutions of excellence in Africa. Fred also gained entrepreneurial experience when he was founding Chief Operating Officer of Synexa Life Sciences, a biotechnology company in Cape Town that today employs 30 South African scientists.

Fred is an ALI fellow and was recognized by Echoing Green as one of fifteen “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was chosen as one of 25 TED Fellows in 2009 and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network.

Fred holds an MBA degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top ten percent of each graduating class. Fred also holds a B.A. degree magna cum laude in economics from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Emmanuel  Okoegwale – Principal Associate, MobileMoneyAfrica

Emmanuel Okoegwale is active in the mobile financial landscape in Africa.He publishes the continent’s flagship publication dedicated to mobile financial services –, in its fourth year of operation and it is the industry reference for the ecosystem in Africa.

Emmanuel Okoegwale is active in agent’s capacity building and sustainability in the last three years in Nigeria and had worked extensively in developing training manuals covering the subject matter for Local Banks, mobile money providers across Africa, UAE, international development partners and universities outside the African continent.

He served as a judge at the prestigious GSMA global awards in the Mobile Money the Unbanked category in 2011 and retained for the 2012 awards at the global event in February at Barcelona for the Best Mobile Money Global awards.

He co-founded  IPay Agent network in Nigeria, the country’s first shared agent network provider and Agent support services (ASS) which focuses on mobile payment support services for agents  cutting across multiple mobile financial services in West Africa.

Jarmo Eskelinen - (architect, EMBA) CEO, Forum Virium Helsinki; President, European Network of Living Labs; Vice chair, EC DG INFSO Smart City Portfolio group

Jarmo Eskelinen leads Forum Virium Helsinki, an innovation company building digital bridges between people and services. Originally trained as an architect, he is an expert in the areas of digital media, experience industry and digital content, currently devoted to open data.

Forum Virium Helsinki projects are based on the principles of open and user-driven innovation and public-private partnership, key partners ranging from the City of Helsinki to Nokia, IBM, Siemens, the Finnish Broadcasting Company and innovative SME’s. The main project areas are Smart City, Wellbeing and Media. Forum Virium Helsinki is one of the leading Open Data advocates in Europe, and one of the founding members of the 274-member-strong European Network of Living Labs.

Jarmo has previously held positions as the director of Media Centre Lume in the University of Art & Design Helsinki, as the program director of the Helsinki 2000 European City of Culture, and as an entrepreneur in media and event production company PopZoo Promotions, which he founded in 1993, after a career in architecture in the 80’ s and early 90’s.

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The OIAS² will be held at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.Surrounded by sprawling 50-acre grounds, the hotel combines the intrigue of African architecture and art with infrastructure on the cutting edge of technology. Safari Park is located 15 kilometers from the business district along the new Nairobi-Thika highway and offers country tranquility and serenity adjacent to the bustling city.

More information can be found here:



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Travel Information

Visas and Immigration
A visa is required prior to entry into Kenya. Single entry visas issued upon entry to Kenya (valid for three months) may be obtained at the Nairobi Airport but we highly recommend that you apply for visas from the Kenyan Embassy closest to you to avoid inconveniences upon your arrival. More information on visa requirements can be found here.

Airport Transfers
Upon your arrival in Kenya, you will be received by OIAS2 ushers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, who will guide you to our transfer service that will take you directly to the hotel (and from the hotel to the airport for departures). Travel information will be sought from all participants closer to the event date. A shuttle service shall be available for local Kenyan participants with designated pick-up and drop-off points.

Travel Sponsorships
The OIAS2 may be able to assist with international travel through a limited number of sponsorships. International travel sponsorship requests shall be reviewed case by case and priority shall be given to deserving applicants on a need basis. In applying for sponsorship, participants are reminded that the OIAS will cater for all other summit related costs while in Kenya. For more information and travel sponsorships please contact Angela Kahumbu at

For all participants, summit related costs and arrangements in Kenya (such as accommodation, daily listed menu/ meal choices , entertainment and airport transfers on arrival and departure days) shall be catered for by the sponsors for the duration of the Summit.


Malaria risk is low in the city of Nairobi and high altitude areas (above 2500m/8202 ft) but malaria prophylaxis is recommend for travel to Kenya.
Yellow fever vaccination certification may be demanded for citizens of the following countries: Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Colombia, Congo (DRC, Republic), Cote D’Ivoire, Ecuador, Eq. Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela.

Additional travel health advice may be found here.


Rainwear is advisable between March and June as well as warmer clothing. Daily temperatures may range from an average average minimum of 13.2°C / 55.8°F to an average maximum of 22.6°C / 72.7°F.

More information on weather can be found here.

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About OIAS

The Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS) brings together key stakeholders from the African Innovation Ecosystem engaging them in a debate about the nature and special characteristics of the Innovation Ecosystem for Africa. The goal of the OIAS series is to cultivate a reflective mindset among participants that aids them to stimulate and support economic activities and innovation in their own local contexts.

The summits are organized as brand neutral events focusing on open collaboration and are not positioned as exercises in marketing by any of the involved partners.

The success of the OIAS is the result of tight partnerships between Nokia, infoDev, Capgemini and the Finnish Government

Contact Information

Angela Kahumbu
Event Coordinator

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OIAS 2010

The inaugural Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS) was held between November 29th and December 1st 2010 and brought together key stakeholders from the Innovation Ecosystem for Africa.
The objectives of the Summit were to:


  • Contribute to clarifying the vision of national innovation systems and roles and modes of collaboration of innovation ecosystem stakeholders in emerging economies
  • Improve understanding about the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) consumers, their requirements and behavior and contribute to ongoing discussion about successful BoP business models and best practices
  • Improve awareness about the importance of BoP markets as a source of innovation
  • Demonstrate the value of research & development, open innovation, collaboration and successful commercialization of innovations for African economies
  • Contribute to forming partnerships between innovators and innovation ecosystem stakeholders
  • Crystallize the critical role of education in fostering innovation and in adopting new transformative solutions and technologies and Education for All.

Over 200 high level participants delivered concrete ideas and proposals to drive change and spur innovation under four thematic areas: The Ecosystem for Innovation; Sustainability Models for the Base of the Pyramid; Human Capital – Education for All; and the Mobile Information Society.

Feedback received on the event was overwhelmingly positive and many felt that the summit occasioned a watershed moment in shifting the development of African innovation ecosystem into a higher gear as well as establishing partnerships for turning the overall vision into a reality.

You can find out more about OIAS 2010 here.

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