COLABORAmerica

Depois de uma edição histórica em 2016, encerramos o#ColaborAmerica com uma certeza: VEM 2017! E 2017 veio. Desta vez, um dos principais festivais das novas economias da América Latina será 100% gratuito, com um time maior e mais diverso de curadoria e a vontade cada vez mais intensa em debater, vivenciar e reaprender novos olhares sobre nossa sociedade, economia e planeta. Marca na sua agenda, confirma presença e convida mais gente pra fazer parte do movimento! Nos vemos nos dias 23, 24 e 25 de novembro, na Zona Portuária do Rio de Janeiro!...
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Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conference

Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conference - integrated technological solutions linked to decision making for sustainability. October 23-25 in Brussels. Might be of interest to some of you ! Topics include urban, water, energy, circular economy, and more! Submit an innovation - HERE - deadline extended to Sept. 8 to have travel/admissions covered. Also, opportunities to apply as speakers and many discount codes for free access to the conference that we've been able to get form the organizers. Deadline Sept. 15. ...
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PitchDrive in Berlin: A visit from Africa’s top 14 Startups

PitchDrive in Berlin: A visit from Africa’s top 14 Startups

Africa is at the start of a technological renaissance. Last year, it was estimated that African startups raised a record-breaking total of $366.8 million in investment, with the top 10 destinations being Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Uganda. The PitchDrive competition selected 14 of Africa’s top startups to go on a tour through Europe to raise capital and awareness. PitchDrive is organized by the Nigerian innovation space CcHUB, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. PitchDrive is a tour through exciting tech cities in Europe (London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris) to pitch to investors, explore international opportunities and learn about frontier technology markets. On Wednesday August 23rd the startups came to Berlin to meet investors and actors of the local ecosystem. They were hosted by GIG the Global Innovation Gathering, an international organization that supports exchange between innovators from across the world. In cooperation with the PitchDrive team from CCHub, GIG organized the group's...
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Wearable technology for empowerment

Wearable technology for empowerment

GIG member Rebeca Duque Estrada is a co-founder of Olabi Makerspace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and gave a presentation on tech wearables at the TEDx IE Madrid this June. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_Yg73GF6x0 Rebeca takes us through her own and amazing experience with tech wearables and its incredible capability of empowerment and communication. Rebeca Duque Estrada is a Brazilian architect and maker based in Berlin. She is project coordinator for Olabi Makerspace, where she has developed courses and methodologies that open access to technology through meaningful experiences, combining high-tech with craft techniques, wearables technology and bio-materials. Her latest project called Wearable as Manifest explores the potential of wearables as an element that goes beyond glowing and conveys a message....
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PitchDrive Berlin

PitchDrive by CcHUB, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, will engage 14 of Africa’s top tech start-ups on a tour of tech hubs in Europe (London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris) to pitch to investors, explore international opportunities and learn about frontier technology markets. [Read more on our blog post] The PitchDrive Berlin event is hosted by the Global Innovation Gathering and kindly supported by GIZ Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’, Impact Hub Berlin and Enpact. Location: Friedrichstraße 246, 10969 Berlin Time: 3pm – 6pm We look forward to seeing you soon in Berlin!   >> Register     ...
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PitchDriveXYZ – Presenting the 14 top Start-ups from Africa

PitchDriveXYZ – Presenting the 14 top Start-ups from Africa

PitchDrive by CcHUB, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, will engage 14 of Africa’s top tech start-ups on a tour of tech hubs in Europe (London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris) to pitch to investors, explore international opportunities and learn about frontier technology markets. Last year, it was estimated that African start-ups raised a record-breaking total of $366.8 million in investment, with the top 10 destinations being Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Uganda. Africa is in the midst of a technological renaissance and we present to you a unique opportunity to interact and network with 14 leading startups from the continent. The Open Pitch session will give the entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to interact, network and pitch to a room full of highly networked individuals and Africans in the Diaspora. We hope you will take out time to join this rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the best of Africa’s tech startups. After an introduction...
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Future Coders Rwanda

Future Coders Rwanda

GIG member Aphrodice Foyo Mutangana is the general manager at kLab Rwanda. In a recent Medium article he explains the importance and impact of ICT for children and youth. Coding at a younger age embodies gradual benefits in a digital-oriented world. It’s a gift of beyond-class knowledge we give our children pursuing digital entrepreneurship; a gift that could have saved Mutabazi. Brilliant startups will provide jobs — bettering living standards of communities — irrespective of their financial backgrounds. In Future Coders, the journey continues. We’re garnering ideas to create an offline platform that enables students to be self-paced, and most effectively, access facilities even when internet is absent. Future Coders is amongst kLab's most recent and highly promising initiatives. Read the whole story at medium.com/@amutangana/... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnCi3LWA85Y...
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GIG @ OuiShare in Paris

GIG @ OuiShare in Paris

At the think and be-tank for a collaborative society Ouishare we had an all GIG panel, reunited to discuss and share ideas and projects on grassroots collaboration for improving our lives in fast changing cities from the global south perspective. Brazil, Marocco, Rwanda and Kenya were represented by Asmaa Guedira, Ouishare connector and project manager of Womanity, Georgia Nicolau from Procomum Institute, Jon Stever from The Office/Impact Hub Kigali and Nanjira Sambuli from Web Foundation. The group discussed projects such as #i4policy, which is strengthening civic participation in discussing public policy on the African continent. The discussion format was a fishbowl which allowed for a lot of input and examples from the public on how civil society and civic initiatives can change the realities in the cities by collaborating, documenting and sharing....
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Urban Waters for Social and Environmental Resilience

Solutions for the challenges of Extreme Drought UTC Pernambuco - Urban Waters for Social and Environmental Resilience aims to build actions towards the New Urban Agenda and intends to engage its participants to commit themselves on contributing in their territories through a consensual proposal, both at local and international level. Held in three municipalities of Pernambuco State - Belo Jardim, Petrolina and Recife, intends to bring to light different possibilities for local actions towards water resilience, in dialogue with Pernambuco's territory and different urban and socialscenarios. UTC Pernambuco also aims to promote a final dialogue on the Metropolitan Management Laws, mandatory for Brazilian municipalities, to be presented to Brazilian Government in December 2017....
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GIG members as graphic novel characters

GIG members as graphic novel characters

Two Global Innovation Gathering members were announced as cameos in an upcoming graphic novel about hacker and maker movement - Glider Ink. Samer Shawar from Palestinian VecBox and Nawres Arif from Iraqi Science Camp are going to share their prosthesis and interfacing expertise with fictional characters featured in the comic. We would like to help people understand that innovation happens all over the world - and by sharing the knowledge openly, we can build something truly magnificent. [one-half-first][/one-half-first] [one-half][/one-half] More info on the project at glider.ink and facebook.com/gliderink...
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