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The Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) In Berlin

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).

All Africa.  This year, apart from the main GIG partners the AfriLabs network of 30 partner hubs in Africa, also members from the AfricaHacktrip,
the FounderbusAfriMakersiceBauhaus and Impact Hub are coming to Berlin.

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

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


Get more information about the GIG on the re:publica website. Updates on Facebook and Twitter.