Invitation to “What makes a city a ‘hub’ for innovation?”

April 9, 2015

Nairobi, Kenya from 27-29 May 2015

Hivos, in collaboration with the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) and The Amani Institute, is holding a unique learning and sharing event to explore urban innovation lessons from Nairobi and how supportive ecosystems can be replicated around the world.

What makes innovation in emerging markets distinct from the West is that it must happen within (or despite) a complex environment fraught with challenges that people in other societies do not have to consider, from electricity shortages to high crime to poor governance. Yet, this blend of factors also creates just as many opportunities. As a result, emerging market cities from Sao Paulo to Cairo to Bangalore are becoming forces to reckon with in the innovation landscape. One such emerging city increasingly vital to the social innovation sector is Nairobi.

Through an interactive programme of site visits, engaging workshops, and perspectives from key global players, we will examine who is excluded from these ecosystems, and how we can make innovation more inclusive in theory and practice.

We are inviting academics, artists, business, development practitioners, foundations, local and national governments, social innovators, and those creating new technologies all around the world to share their successes, failures and what they have learnt.

Key questions for discussion include:

  • What does it take for a city or a region to become a hub for innovation and why is it important?
  • What is a supportive ecosystem for social innovation? What are the physical components and the invisible conditions? How do they all fit together?
  • What is the role of ‘failure’ and how can we learn from it with regard to innovation?
  • Who is the ecosystem designed for and how can we make social innovation more inclusive?
  • What is needed in a place to create sustainable and scalable social impact?

You can register for the event through the link in the right sidebar.