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Women Bridging the Gap of Change and Innovation in Africa

By Mnena Abuku Women in Africa have faced a diversity of struggles in their efforts toward sustainable development. This is largely because globalisation has brought…

Open AIR January 12, 2020

The role of intellectual property rights as a development tool for women entrepreneurs in developing countries: The case of the cosmetics sector in Nigeria

By Esther Ekong Despite the very significant role women entrepreneurs in developing countries play, their businesses lack financial security, which in turn stymies…

Esther Ekong January 8, 2020

The absence of gender analysis in AI and its implications for Africa: with perspectives from WomENG

By Akkila Thirukesan Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been an exciting tool for development across the continent of Africa. But what does AI have to do with gender…

Akkila Thirukesan December 1, 2019

LES FEMMES ENTREPRENEURES AU SENEGAL : ENTRE MONTEE EN PUISSANCE ET DIFFICULTE D’ACCES A LA TECHNOLOGIE ET A L’INNOVATION

Par Aboubacry Kane Aujourd’hui, les femmes entrepreneures sont de plus en plus présentes sur la scène économique au Sénégal. Bien qu’elles s’engagent…

Open AIR November 29, 2019

Bridging the Gender Gap between contributions to STEM Fields and their participation in Canadian IP Regimes: A Research Analysis

By Natalie Chodoriwsky The Government of Canada’s 2019 Intellectual Property Strategy has committed to “conducting [an] IP awareness and use survey to identify…

Natalie Chodoriwsky November 27, 2019

African Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Chidi Oguamanam The third industrial revolution (3IR) provided perhaps the most significant insights into Africa’s potential to fast-track its sustainable development.…

Chidi Oguamanam November 19, 2019

Climate Change Injustice: Technology, Innovation and the Politics of Climate Change

By Olanrewaju A. Fagbohun, Ph.D, SAN In charting a future course where the goal is about equitable and democratic end to fossil fuel production, we may begin to…

Open AIR November 6, 2019

AFCTFA: A Potential Boost for African Economies

By Eslam Shaaban In March 2018, the African Continent Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) was unveiled as the world’s largest free trade area since the creation of the…

Eslam Shaaban October 29, 2019

Empowering Indigenous Craft Women in Africa

By Desmond Oriakhogba As an Open AIR NERG and QEScholar, I have been conducting research since June 2018 on the empowerment of indigenous craft women in Africa.…

Desmond Oriakhogba October 3, 2019

Open AIR Research into 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies and Artificial Intelligence: Southern Africa & Canada

By Nagham El Houssamy and Nadine Weheba This is part three in a three part series. For part one, click here. For part two, click here. Monumental…

Open AIR September 23, 2019

Open AIR Research into 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies and Artificial Intelligence: Eastern Africa

By Nagham El Houssamy and Nadine Weheba This is part two in a three part series. For part one, click here. For part three, click here. Monumental advances in technology…

Open AIR September 15, 2019

Artificial Intelligence in Africa: An Overview of ongoing Open AIR Activities

By Nagham El Houssamy and Nadine Weheba This is part one in a three part series. For part two, click here. Part three can be read here. Monumental advances in technology…

Open AIR September 4, 2019

Shifting Horizons Conference

By Michael Dao On March 28th, 2019, the University of Ottawa hosted the Shifting Horizons: Managing Your Research Data Conference, a day-long series of workshops…

Michael Dao August 13, 2019

The Blue Economy and The Need for Open IP

By Eashan Karnik, cross-posted from Smart Prosperity Institute The need to adopt clean energy technologies is a pressing issue not just in Canada, but internationally…

Eashan Karnik August 12, 2019

Makerspaces et émancipation des femmes en Afrique : Briser les préjugés !

Par Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou Au cours de mon séjour de recherche, je me suis intéressé à la place réservée aux femmes au sein des Makerspaces d’Afrique…

Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou July 12, 2019

Feminine Wisdom as an Axis to Traditional Knowledge in Africa

By Michael P.K. Okyerefo* The pivotal place of feminine wisdom in Africa may surprise a good many outsiders! As one of my friends would always say, “women possess…

Michael P.K. Okyerefo July 11, 2019

Invention in Africa: Open AIR shares its Model at CAAS 2019

By Uchenna Felicia Ugwu Africa is becoming recognized as an important hub of informal innovation, which should not be excluded or ignored by formal systems for IP…

Uchenna Ugwu June 27, 2019

40th WIPO IGC: Mixed Impressions as Experts Seek a New Mandate

By Chidi Oguamanam, cross-posted from ABS Canada. Pre-session Strategy Meetings Experts and delegates gathered in Geneva for the 40th session of the WIPO IGC,…

Chidi Oguamanam June 27, 2019

Financing of innovations in Egypt: Barriers and Potential

By Eslam Shaaban Innovators, especially in the start-up stage, are facing the problem of financing their projects. In Egypt, there is great potential to develop…

Eslam Shaaban June 19, 2019

OMMIC: A Personal Perspective

By Uche Ajuonuma Last fall, I attended the Ontario Makers and Mentors Innovation Conference (OMMIC) at uOttawa. The event was held at the new STEM (Science, Technology,…

Uche Ajuonuma June 5, 2019

IP, Gender, and South Africa: a Student's Visit to Open AIR's Cape Town hub

By Akkila Thirukesan This blog is part one of a series into Akkila’s during her visit to Open AIR’s South Africa hub – the IP Unit at the University of Cape…

Akkila Thirukesan May 29, 2019

Focusing on Indigenous Data Sovereignty as Part of ‘Shifting Horizons’

By Toni Valenti On Thursday, March 28th, Open AIR attended the Indigenous Data Sovereignty panel at the Shifting Horizons research data conference at the University…

Toni Valenti May 16, 2019

Reconciling Copyright with Creativity: New Insights from 2018 Conferences (Part II)

By Helen Chuma-Okoro and Nicole Tumaine This is part two of Helen Chuma-Okoro and Nicole Tumaine’s’  blog post on the isnights retained from 2018 confereces,…

Helen Chuma-Okoro May 10, 2019

Reconciling Copyright with Creativity: New Insights from 2018 Conferences (Part I)

By Helen Chuma-Okoro and Nicole Tumaine Access to knowledge (A2K) is necessary to further innovation and creativity. Due to the exclusive nature of intellectual…

Helen Chuma-Okoro May 10, 2019