About 83 young innovators from 19 states of the six geo political zones of Nigeria converged in Abuja for a 5 days youth innovation bootcamp titled Thinking School Africa between 23rd and 27th November 2015, at the Silverbird Galleria. The program which has held annually since 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirate was hosted in Abuja, Nigeria for the very first time. During the 5 days innovation bootcamp, participants went through the Thinking Innovation Module based on the Kingsley Bangwell ICOTICS Principles of Innovation designed to enable participants map opportunities and create innovative solutions in their areas of interest. Others speakers from Africa included Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola – CEO and Co-Founder, Wecyclers Lagos State, Tom Osbon – Founder and CEO, Greenchar Nairobi Kenya, Jens Martins – CEO Biomega Denmark and Young Global Leader, Adaora Asala – MD Easy Taxi Abuja, Nigeria, Prince Akinwale Roy Ojomo – Executive Director, Diaspora Innovation Institute, Nigeria, Austin Orji – CIO Field Africa. Hon. Ayodele Oladimeji – Member Representing Ado Ekiti/Irepodun/Ifelodun Federal Constituency Ekiti State and Sen. Biodun Olujimi Representing Ekiti South Senatorial District Ekiti State were present to give goodwill messages and inspire the delegates.
At the end of the 5 days, there was a Thinking Colloquium where participant’s shared new ideas resulting from the program. Participants shall now embark on the next phase which is a 6 months fellowship to further develop their ideas under the supervision of our global mentors based in America, Canada, Britain and Africa. According to the host Kingsley Bangwell – CEO of Youngstars Foundation and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, “I’m on a long term quest to spark a pandemic culture of fostering home grown innovations and disruptors to make most of the things we consume in the continent of Africa. Thinking School Africa is our deliberate effort to increase the capacity of the African youth to think, innovate and create breakthrough solutions that will accelerate job creation and prosperity in the continent… inventions and innovations is not the prerogative of any special demographics, Africans can and must innovate”. He promises that from 2016, he shall unveil a more elaborate strategy to reach and empower 1million young innovators in the continent of Africa over a 10 years period.
For more details visit www.youngstarsfoundation.org/thinkingschool