Botswana has won the bid to host the fifth annual Innovation Prize for Africa, the Botswana government and Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) recently announced. The prestigious event aims to help shape the innovation landscape in the continent by providing African innovators a platform to network, share knowledge and explore business opportunities and to boost collaboration.
The country has been making significant strides in innovation, especially this past year, coming up with new technologies to help improve the lives of the masses. “Hosting IPA 2016 and celebrating African ingenuity in Gaborone will afford Botswana an opportunity to showcase its commitment to putting innovation at the center of its development strategy,” says the Botswana Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Honorable Nonofo Molefhi.
The IPA is an initiative of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) which started in 2011. IPA honors and encourages innovative achievements that contribute toward developing new products, increasing efficiency or saving cost in Africa. Specifically, the award targets technological breakthroughs in 5 main areas: manufacturing & service industry, health & well-being, agriculture & agribusiness, environment, energy & water and ICTs. To date, there have been four (4) rounds of competition.
The event will take place in June 2016 in Gaborone, the exact date is yet to be confirmed. This year’s event promises to extend beyond the award ceremony.
This is an initiative that attracts more than 6000 innovators from over 50 countries across the continent, making it one of the biggest Pan African movements. We look forward to the innovations that will come out of this.