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Supporting grassroots innovation: Facts and Figures

Adrian Smith and colleagues explore grassroots innovations, their potential for development and challenges facing practitioners. Turning ideas into new products, services or practices often requires systematic steps in a process of innovation. Conventional policies for promoting innovation link entrepreneurial firms, science institutes, investors and policymakers, and aim to keep up with advancements in promising technologies. But innovation also takes place below …

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The PowerPot: New Technology Promises to Bring Electricity to the Developing World

To address this challenge, Power Practical, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has developed the PowerPot, a thermoelectric generator that doubles as a cooking vessel. When placed on a stove or fire it converts the transfer of heat into electricity. This makes it useful for charging phones, meaning it could be a literal life saver. Designed for use over an open …

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Egypt’s presidential candidates pledge to boost science

As Egyptians prepare to vote in next month’s presidential elections (23-24 May), many candidates have promised new strategies for science, technology and innovation, and pledged to increase government expenditure on research. The frontrunner, the independent candidate Amr Moussa, has told SciDev.Net he will increase the national research budget to “two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2016” if elected. “In my first 100 days as a president …

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Islam Analysis: Discover what drives efficient innovation

Several Muslim countries rank among the world’s most efficient innovators. They must build on this success, says Athar Osama. Ever since the global business school INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires)started producing the Global Innovation Index reports in 2007, Islamic countries have performed rather unremarkably. In the last three years, for instance, the top-3 performers have been the United Arab Emirates (ranked 24th …

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Tackling the real crisis in science communication

When reviewing the agenda of the first Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, this week, I was reminded of my initiation at SciDev.Net. The team has a tradition of taking new staff for lunch and asking them personal, offbeat questions. I was at the centre of one such initiation recently, when I was asked …

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The 8th Financial Technology Summit to discuss Arab Banking Innovation and Competitiveness

WAM Abu Dhabi, 4th April 2012 (WAM) — The 8th Financial Technology Summit ‘&’ Meetings Middle East will be held in Abu Dhabi from 10th to 11th April, 2012, bringing together the technology leaders of the top 100 Arab Banks to discuss “Technology as a Pathway for Innovation ‘&’ Competitiveness”. The Financial Technology Summit ‘&’ Meetings Middle East (FT Summit), …

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Qatar Shell sponsors engineering students in trip to US for research presentation

DOHA, Qatar — Three Texas A&M University at Qatar students, sponsored by Qatar Shell, traveled to the American Chemical Society’s 2012 National Spring Meeting in San Diego, CA, US, from 24 – 29 March to present cutting-edge research on synthetic jet fuels. The research project, supported by Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) and Qatar National Research Fund’s (QNRF) Undergraduate Research Experience …

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Universities “must address youth unemployment in Africa”

[NAIROBI] Senior officials at an all-Africa conference on science and technology in Kenya have said that if high levels of youth unemployment across the African continent are to be successfully reduced, innovation and entrepreneurship need to be included in university curricula. The proposal was made at the first Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Youth Unemployment, Human Capital …

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ENOC leads the debate as The Knowledge Café launches in Dubai

During the difficult economic downturn many ‘best practice’ organisations re-evaluated their human resources methods to retain talent and focused on employee engagement in order to maximise performance in the workplace and maintain a competitive edge. ENOC is one such company, which, despite the times of uncertainty and austerity, responded by optimising its spend on world-class training and change management programmes; …

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First Africa Forum on Science Technology and Innovations in Nairobi

 “Africa on the Move – Showcasing Africa’s Innovations” The first Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovations will take place from 1 to 3 April in Nairobi. Hosted by the Government of Kenya, it will include an Experts’ Meeting (1 – 2 April) and a Ministerial Conference (3 April), and will highlight the need to invest in this key sector …

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