Oct 24, 2013 Old News

Botswana Innovation Hub attends the 30th IASP Annual Conference

Botswana Innovation Hub CEO, Alan Boshwaen led a delegation that comprised select members of the works, transport and ICT Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, Honorable Odirile Motlhale and Honorable Tawana Moremi to the 30th annual conference of the International Association of Science and Technology Parks (IASP) which was held in Recife Brazil on the 14th – 17th October 2013. Other members of the entourage included Director Marketing, Registration and ICT, Dr Geoffrey Seleka, Strategy and Business Analyst, Stephen Modimakwane and Client Relations and Registration Officer Kago Kgosietsile.

 

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Honorable Tawana Moremi, Honorable Odirile Motlhale, Alan Boshwaen,
Outlwule Rapuleng and Dr Geoffrey Seleka

 

In Recife, the delegation was met by Her Excellency Bernadette Rathedi, Botswana Ambassador to Brazil who joined the delegation and attended the conference workshops where Boshwaen gave a presentation under the theme: STPs, cities and people, during one of the conference workshops and participated in the panel discussion following the presentations.

The trip to Brazil was sponsored in part by the Southern African Innovation Support (SAiS) programme through the Mobility Fund. The SAiS programme supports the supports the national system of innovation through its four support structures of Networking, Capacity Building, Learning from Best Practices and Institutional Development.

Botswana Innovation Hub’s participation in the conference included the opportunity to operate a booth within the conference exhibition space for the duration of the conference. Commenting on the exciting experience, Kago who managed the booth with Stephen said, Operating the booth was a productive and rewarding experience as it created ample opportunity to market not only Botswana Innovation Hub but also Botswana and the upcoming 2014 IASP Africa Conference, to the conference attendees.

She said, It was inspiring and enriching to interact with people working in and with Science and Technology parks located in various parts of the world, giving us an opportunity to learn about their programs, challenges and experiences; all proving to be valuable lessons for possible benchmarking initiatives.

The IASP is a worldwide network of science and technology parks meant to drive growth, internationalization and effectiveness of its members. Membership benefits include full IASP accreditation, international visibility, global networking and access to a broad knowledge base with a formidable multiplier of resources and opportunities for members. Botswana Innovation Hub is an affiliate member of the IASP and will host the Africa Division IASP conference in April 2014 in Gaborone.

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Stephen Modimakwane and Kago Kgosietsile