iHub By Editor / May 3, 2013
First Congress for African Tech Hub Network
AfriLabs, the African tech hub association, gathers for first annual meeting at re:publica
AfriLabs (afrilabs.com), a pan-African network of 19 technology and innovation hubs in 13 African
countries, is convening for its first annual meeting on Saturday, May 4thin the lead up to re:publica.
At this event— Europe’s largest conference on internet and society in Berlin— AfriLabs and GIZ are
hosting a global gathering of hubs to stimulate networking, knowledge exchange and collaboration.
AfriLabs’ pre-re:publica meeting will provide a unique opportunity for the network to chart the way
forward as a community.
“The AfriLabs community is excited to convene for the first time as a network in Berlin, and participate
in re:publica,” says Director Tayo Akinyemi. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for us to connect
with one another and with a global community of innovators. All are welcome to join us at the Global
Innovation Lounge—“hub central” for re:publica—to meet AfriLabs, engage with hubs across the globe,
and contribute to the dialogue.”
Africa has witnessed a growing number of tech hubs, each of which serves as a physical nexus for
developers, entrepreneurs, and investors, emerge across the continent. In response to this trend,
AfriLabs was founded in 2010 by five entrepreneurs active in the hub space —Bart Lacroix, Co-Founder
of NaiLab and the 1%CLUB, Ben White, Co-Founder of VC4Africa and Board Member of ActivSpaces,
Bill Zimmerman, Co-Founder of ActivSpaces and VC4Africa, Erik Hersman, Co-Founder of iHub and
Ushahidi, and Jon Gosier, Founder of Appfrica and Hive Colab—who believed that bringing African hubs
together to learn and collaborate would enable them to maximize impact within their local ecosystems
and affect change at a regional and pan-African level.
With initial support from Hivos, AfriLabs is working to facilitate knowledge-sharing and collaboration
inside the network and beyond. AfriLabs is also partnering with infoDev and four East African tech hubs
to pilot virtual incubation in the region. In addition to consolidating the network, AfriLabs seeks to
expand. With over 90 hubs on the African continent, there is significant scope for growing the
community. In that spirit, AfriLabs welcomes six new members to the network: CTIC Dakar (Senegal),
The District (Egypt), kLab (Rwanda), icecairo (Egypt), iLab Nairobi (Kenya), and m:lab (Kenya), and hopes
to invite many more in the coming months.
The AfriLabs looks forward to engaging with the global community of innovators in Berlin @re:publica
from May 5th-8th.
Please visit the re:publica website to learn more.Contacts:
Geraldine de Bastion
M: +49 1799975766
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