Posts by Nicolas Friederici

CfPs for 4th Global Conference on Economic Geography 2015 (Oxford)

17 February 2015 0

We are happy to announce that we are going to represent our agenda on connectivity, virtual/digital global production networks, and digital production/innovation at this year’s Global Conference for Economic Geography (GCEG) in Oxford. The planned sessions will serve to further hone and deepen our understanding of Digital Economies at Global Margins, following more exploratory sessions… Read More »

Harare’s Fledgling Tech Entrepreneurs

Tech entrepreneurship is definitely on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, actually, this rise is not evenly distributed across Africa’s vast geography. Leaving aside South Africa, we can observe that the emergence of content and application startup activity has so far concentrated in the sprawling capital cities of two countries with growing economies, large populations,… Read More »

Kigali’s Evolving Tech Innovation… Ecosystem

“Ecosystem” has become one of the most common terms in tech innovation. It rolls easily off the tongue, probably because it has a communal connotation, and evokes ideas such as “collaboration” and “multi-stakeholder.” Where “innovation system” sounds like a technocratic term that emphasizes institutions and deemphasizes people’s agency at the grassroots, “ecosystem” sounds like a… Read More »

What is a tech innovation hub anyway?

Also refer to related posts in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and where colleagues and I expanded on some elements outlined in this post.   Innovation and entrepreneurship “hubs” and “labs” are all the rage these days. A wide range of actors is convinced that hubs represent a genuinely new and exciting model for… Read More »