The Cameroonian inventor and scientist, Arthur Zang presented his cardiopad at the Next Einstein Forum that took place in Kigali, Rwanda last week March 26-28 2018.
The gathering brought together many African Scientists, the private sector and policy makers with the dream that the next scientist to invent something that will change the continent and the world at large like Albert Einstein did will come from Africa.
The forum participants included a Presidential panel made up of Presidents Paul Kagame or Rwanda and Macky Sall of Senegal. The two heads of state were excited after pitches and projects were presented and both showed their full support to NEF as well its agenda.
When asked which application he would invent if he were a 20-year old Zuckerberg, President Paul Kagame said “I find myself here, which makes me think that I shouldn’t be the next Zuckerberg, but rather I should be one to enable others to become the Zuckerbergs.”
African scientists made it clear that there is a need to reduce the gap between science and its beneficiaries saying the gap has been too wide in Africa. They said attention should be paid to children’s knowledge because scientists believe every young child is a scientist. According to Dr France Cordova, “All children are scientists. Because they ask questions”.
President Macky Sall called on all African states to improve the quality of STEM subjects and science in higher education. He said there should be policy reforms that serve to attract foreign investors into the technology sector.
He said, citing Japan and India that Africa needs “to have similar public private partnerships like those you see here at NEF. African states also need to believe in technology. Technology is what separates states today. Africa cannot be absent from the world stage in terms of innovation.”
The Next Einstein Forum, NEF, which was launched in 2013 is a platform that connects the society, science and policy in Africa with the rest of the world. It’s goal is to leverage science for human development the world over. NEF is an initiative of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, AIMS, working in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung.
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