Knowledge Society for Sustainable Development in Africa

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Research Center for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI), SOC

Co-creation of Namibian Smart community -symposium 2

14:00 – 14:15 Smart com. project and symposiums, Mika Kautonen
14:15 – 15:00 Knowledge Society for Sustainable Development, Helena Tapper, Managing Director, TapperConsulting, Ph.D. candidate, University of Helsinki
Building of African Leadership in ICT4D educational program in 16 countries. How and why to promote the development of knowledge society in Africa?
15:00 - 16:00 Open discussion about the knowledge society development and policies in developing country environment.

Helena Tapper has a long experience working as  expert in innovation and development related  positions including most recent position as Senior Advisor and Director in ICT4D and Innovation4D Programmes.

Her curriculum includes Inter-American Development Bank (2001-2005), Washington DC, Finnish Information Society Development Centre (TIEKE) 2005-2006, Embassy of Finland, Pretoria, South Africa (2007-2010), GESCI (UN) Nairobi, Kenya (2011-2015). She has gained degrees of Licentiate of Political Sciences and Master of Forestry at University of Helsinki.

Co-creation of a Namibian Smart Community, SmartCom, research project aims to combine the development and business goals in the context of African urban development. The project studies, through a practical engagement, especially the concepts of responsible, inclusive and systemic innovation. There are parallel research and business processes going on to both design and build Smart Communities and to study how the concept can be further developed in responsible, inclusive and systematic way in Namibia.

The research project (2016–2018) is funded by the National Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and by participating Finnish research partners and business organisations.

Research project partners are TaSTI, University of Tampere (coordinator of the research project), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and National University on Science and Technology, Namibia (NUST).
Welcome to discuss! (In English or Finnish, depending on participants.)


Senior researcher Mika Raunio, tel. +358 50 327 6364