About The Summit

The AIS is an Africa-wide and home grown initiative aimed at harnessing the innovation potential of the continent. It aims to mobilize the people and, especially those with the ‘power to act’, including investors, the people with the ideas, the policy makers, the researchers and academics, the business community, the youth, as well as innovators and thinkers into a coalition for collective action to promote and build an enabling environment for innovation in Africa. The goal is to engage as many people as possible in order to build a broad constituency in support of innovation in Africa. The basic fact is that Africa cannot outsource its development.

The AIS platform includes regular Summits to promote dialogue, facilitate exchange of best practices among stakeholders and African countries, showcase what is happening on the continent, and share lessons of experience. The platform also includes engaging with African researchers and scholars to undertake case studies to tease out lessons of experience in order to facilitate learning by stakeholders. The African Innovation Exhibit which is also part of the AIS provides a stage to showcase homegrown innovations and innovators on the continent, while the Hackathons will challenge the people to come up with solutions to specific problems. The exhibitions and hackathons will allow stakeholders to seek ways to scale up potential solutions.

Each AIS will build on the previous ones by deepening the dialogue, engaging a wider number of stakeholders, as well as by focusing Africa’s innovation potential to address the challenges facing the continent. The aims are to identify path breaking ideas and disruptive solutions to be developed and/scaled up in Africa as well as build a constituency to help address the fundamental challenges facing the continent. 


Kigali Convention Center


06 - 08 June, 2018

The participants

The AIS is a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue. The Summit brings together participants from all over the world, but with significant share coming from Africa. Participants will include:

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President Paul Kagame at the AIS I (Conversations with Leaders)

H.E. President Kagame speaking at the first AIS in Praia, Cape Verde highlights a key tenet of the Summit: Innovation is more than science, technology and engineering. Innovation is key in every endeavor. Importantly, he highlights the importance of innovation in policy making.

Dr. Donald Kaberuka at the launch of the AIS

Dr. Donald Kaberuka, ex-President of the African Development Bank, at the public launch of the AIS speaks about the importance of innovation and the main pre-conditions for building an innovation-driven economy.

Our Speakers


Coming Soon!

Like the previous AIS, we are putting together an excellent interdisciplinary list of practitioners to speak and share experiences. Kindly contact us if interested in speaking or to nominate others to speak.

Partners and Sponsors

AIS is a grassroots event, and it will not be what it is without the generous support of many individuals and institutions. Opportunities exist for different categories of partners and sponsors for the AIS II. Support could include financial grants and/or in-kind assistance. Contact us to negotiate a special partnership or sponsorship package that is tailored to your needs. Come join our team of sponsors and partners.

Conference Schedule

Coming Soon!

The Summit team, under the guidance of the AIS Scientific Council, is putting together an excellent program which will include plenaries, workshops, special and side events, exhibitions, etc. Kindly contact us if interested in organizing a special or side event at the Summit.

Where to Stay

Coming Soon!

Kigali, the city of 1000 hills, has many high-standing hotels to stay near the convention center. AIS is negotiating special packages for summit participants and once agreement is reached the list of hotels with links for reservations will be made available.

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