A Framework for Assessing Technology Hubs in Africa
41 Pages Posted: 2 May 2017 Last revised: 26 Jul 2017
Date Written: March 26, 2017
This article explains the importance of technology hubs as drivers of innovation, social change, and economic opportunity within and beyond the African continent. The article is the first to thoroughly review and synthesize findings from multi-disciplinary literature, and integrate insights from qualitative data gathered via interviews and fieldwork. It identifies three archetypes of hubs — clusters, companies, and countries — and discusses examples of each archetype using Kenya as a case study. The article discusses potential collaboration, conflicts, and competition among these archetypes of hubs, and concludes with recommendations for future researchers.
Keywords: High Technology Hub, Innovation Hub, Africa, Kenya, Co-working, Incubation, Accelerator, Makerspaces, Nairobi, Cluster, Company, Country, Mapping, Collaborative Innovation, Open Innovation
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