Unam to Host Regional Connect

REGIONAL Connect has recently launched two new challenges on its open innovation platform and invites members of the Institute for Information Technology to attend a Challenge Workshop that will be held at the University of Namibia (Unam) tomorrow from 9h00 to11h00.

Regional Connect is the result of a collaborative partnership between the University of Namibia, the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS) in South Africa, the National Business Technology Centre (NTBC) in Zambia and the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Mozambique.

The platform aims to connect stakeholders in the private and public sectors, academia and civil society, facilitating and fast tracking the exchange of innovative solutions and business needs (also called ‘challenges’). SAIS, the Support Programme for Innovation in Southern Africa is financially supporting this venture.

Regional Connect uses open innovation (OI), a user-centric, crowd-sourced method, to support organisations to develop innovative solutions to their most pressing challenges. In recent years, OI has globally emerged to be a cutting-edge business practice as companies, universities, non-profit organisations and governments look outside their ‘four walls’ to try to accelerate innovation, encourage collaboration among the multi-helix actors, reduce time to market and meet the organisations’ bottom-line.

The Challenge Workshop will not only discuss the two challenges currently open on the platform, but will also explain the open innovation process and discuss how solution providers, including entrepreneurs, can become part of this process.

The two challenges that will be featured at the workshop include Debmarine Namibia seeking innovative approaches to reduce wear and tear of marine mining equipment.

Another one is a large credit institution in Sub-Sahara Africa is running an anonymous challenge seeking a workflow solution with which to radically improve the turnaround times for processing customer loan applications.

Source : The Namibian