Midlands State University (MSU) hosted a webinar yesterday exploring dynamics of the burgeoning open innovation model on Thursday 14 September 2023.
Running under the theme, “The Open Innovation current: Exacting global realities,” saw over 150 participants from Africa tuning in.
Open innovation accommodates outside contributions to problem-solving through partnerships.
Keynote speaker Professor Zornitsa Yodanova of Bulgaria’s University of National and World Economy outlined how open innovation facilitates external collaboration globally.
She noted intellectual property handling as a key challenge with Open Innovation.
Panelist Ingrid Epezagne, an Agribusiness consultant from Cote d’Ivoire, shared perspectives from West Africa.
Fellow panellist Dalitso Nseula, Dean of Students at Malawi’s School for Development added the Malawian context.
Entrepreneurs Lovvy Moriah Otimile and Mpho Leboane from Botswana rounded off pan-African views.
Panelists highlighted country-level experiences leveraging this trend.
Host MSU’s online symposium effectively shone light on present and future innovation dynamics in a globalised world.
Interactive discussions provided a platform to understand open innovation opportunities.
The enriching webinar opened windows into this growing approach increasingly shaping collaboration across borders.