African Innovation Ecosystem Roundtables
Considering open source software, it was indicated that Botswana uses such open data and repositories and found the APIs helpful in its ecosystem. Prototyping by means of open source software also proved to be very effective as it was key in taking the first step in testing your proof of concept and de-risking the solution. Zambia has utilised such software solutions to help its developers to progress faster. One such developer developed a point of sale system, which later on secured some funding successfully. They acknowledge the importance of open source software and also try to contribute to it.
Access to mentors seemed to be key across the region with Zambia, Namibia and Botswana scoring it as a main support need. Further to this, South Africa indicated the need for technical skills (and access to talent ingeneral) and access tomarkets as key needs. Zambia alsohighlighted the need for skills (only second to the need for mentors) whilst both Namibia and Botswana placed a large emphasis on access to markets. Access to tools seemed to be a low need across the region.
2.3 Central Region
The Central region roundtable was held on the 25thof September 2020withparticipants representing the following countries: ● Cameroon, ● Gabon, ● Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and ● Chad.
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