The Global Innovation Gathering – GIG – brings together 70 innovation hub managers, makers, hackers and entrepreneurs from across the world with a focus on Africa. The GIG is taking place for the second time at re:publica 2014 located at the famous Station Berlin and is being enabled by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
At the GIG it is all about global digital innovation, maker cultures, hackspaces, technology and start-up scenes in Africa, Asia, the MENA region and Latin America, and will be meeting at the GIG MakerSpace, the GIG Lounge and on Stage 6 on May 8th, the last day of re:publica.
Global Innovation Gathering is also expanding – this year we will have three spaces at re:publica: A MakerSpace where different maker workshops is located in the central hall at re:publica, a lounge, which will be located outside in the courtyard and on the last day of re:publica a whole stage will be filled with examples of innovation, entrepreneurship and digital expression. You can find the programme details here.
The whole GIG group includes over 70 people, amongst them hackers and activists like
- Reem al Masri from 7iber.com, a citizen media and Net freedom organisation in Jordan,
- Bilal Ghabib, who facilitates the development of Hackerspaces in the Middle East,
- Markos Lemma, founder of iceAddis and manager of a research program on literacy run by MIT, OLPC & Tufts University
- Martha Chumo, who founded the NairobiDevSchool after being refused a Visa to enter the USA despite having a MIT scholarship.
GIG will also be joined by Rosemary Mbabasi, Rwandan’s State Secretary at the Ministry for ICT and Youth, as well as the German Federal Minister Gerd Müller and Friedrich Kitschelt, State Secretary of the BMZ.
Beate Wedekind, TheNewAfrica founder and editor-in-chief will talk at GIG on May 7th, 10:15 to 11:00 am about Let The People Know: Communication as a tool for success