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Namibia, Monday 22 May 2017 – The Human Sciences Research Council’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeST

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NCRST Establishes First Demola in Africa

03 Feb 2016

(f.l.t.r) Jarmo Tuominiemi; Ville Kairamo; Eino Mvula; and John Sifani at the official signing ceremony.

 

The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) and Demola Finland today entered into an agreement to establish the first African Demola; Demola Namibia.

 

Demola Namibia is a platform for international collaboration and local hands-on innovation work. It will facilitate co-creation projects between businesses, university students and researchers. It is a collaborative open innovation platform concept where university students develop product and service demos together with companies, and create new solutions to real-life problems. Demola provides systematic tools and processes for entrepreneurial co-creation and practical co-learning of students and professionals. Demola is also a platform for agile collaboration of regional universities and business organizations. Through the Demola platform multinational companies will be encouraged to experiment and find business solutions or opportunities in Namibia.

 

Based on the Demola concept and trademark, NCRST will assist student teams to develop product and service demonstration concepts in co-creation with project partners, and provide the facilities, community support, facilitation and expert consultation.

 

 “The major benefit of Demola Namibia is to the young Namibia populace through the development of an innovation culture, thereby increasing the wealth of the community. This will in turn also contribute to the creation of knowledge in the whole community, and stimulate the competitiveness of companies and the academic institutions involved”, said Dr Eino Mvula, CEO of the NCRST.

 

“Nowadays it’s not about resources, it’s not about only technology, it’s about people and culture. It’s all about unleashing potential and energy, and how we can create big value though this centre of innovation. We are very much looking forward to facilitating and collaborating with Namibia and Europe. We are looking forward to Namibian progress and working with NCRST in particular “, said Mr Ville Kairamo from Demola Finland.

 

All participants, especially students can benefit from selling their developed products (solutions to challenges presented) at a fee. Industries will benefit in such a way that their challenges and problems will be solved locally, thereby getting a specialized service and appropriate tailor made solutions, relevant to their industry and Namibian industry in general.