AKE’s creative pub on Saturday 13.08! Join us

Participants of the AKE Creative Media Venture program are organizing an event at Unga House (Nairobi) where they will be showcasing the creative ventures they are working on. The event runs from 9 am until 4 pm. We are very excited to learn more about their projects and plans for the future.

During the event communities, investors, media and anyone interested in the future of creative industries in Africa can learn about:

  • VerbHouse
  • Vidosho
  • ARTariKREAtions
  • DEBE records



To learn more about the ideas behind AKE creative media venture skills program watch the video that AKE’s host organization GESCI has created:



In the news: Week of 6th of June

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Google search for: Dazzling Graphics, Africa

UN Event: Thank you for contributions!

Here are your contributions summarized as a word cloud:

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Event “Youth Empowerment for Agenda 2030 Climate Action through Science, Technology and Innovation”

will be held in the framework of the First Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/tfm/stiforum

Date: 7 June 2016, 1:15-2:30 PM EDT; United Nations Headquarters.

You can watch the live and on demand webbroadcasting on UN WebTV http://webtv.un.org/

– International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges IAAI
– WorldWeWant2030 Policy and Strategy Group
– NGO Committee on Sustainable Development – NY

Event description:

The event is responding to the guiding question 4) of the STI Forum “How can we deploy existing knowledge and new, innovative solutions and technologies and make them more readily available to those who need them?” with a particular focus on young people and their potentials and needs with regard to implementation of the sustainable development#Agenda2030 and with regard to transition to low-carbon societies as agreed to in the #ParisAgreement at United Nations Climate Change Conference COP22 in December 2015 in Paris.

The “Global Challenges Youth Centers” concept will be presented as globally coordinated local level entry points for youth engagement in Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement implementation and “Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship” as technology oriented large scale resource mobilization mechanism for youth led climate action.

The side event builds on

– Major Group NGO’s Rio+20 Issues Cluster on Innovationhttp://bit.ly/15yeZrZ

– the GloCha conference 2014 “Sustainable Development, Innovation and Youth – Building the Knowledge Base and Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure for Youth Led Civic Engagement in Local and Global Sustainable Development Action” http://www.glocha.info/index.php/glochaconference2014 and

– the climate change session of 2016 ECOSOC Youth Forum http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/youth-demand-stronger-voice-in-shaping-international-climate-action and

aims to present and discuss concrete examples of youth empowerment for global challenges action through science, technology and innovation.

The outcomes of the side event shall help formulate a conceptual framework for youth focused technology facilitation and entrepreneurship capacity building in the context of Agenda 2030 based on blended financing from local and global public, market based and philanthropic sources and with a view towards identification of strategic social impact investment opportunities in the context of Global Challenges Giving Pledge initiative.

More info: http://www.glocha.info/index.php/latest-news/289-stiforum2016ny

Question of the Week — for the United Nations

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Dear Participants and Tutors!

You are experts. You are concretely working on creating art and artifacts… Music, games, soundscapes… An earlier Question of the Week highlighted that you will be offering people cultural products, locally, nationally, and globally.

Innovation by entrepreneurs, ICTs, and creative industries is a hot topic globally, also at the United Nations.  The UN is organizing a related symposium on 6-7 June in New York.

You have been asked to share your views, to be presented at the UN symposium:

What, in your opinion, is the role of creative industries and innovation in development of a country/region, or the world?

Please respond below as a comment to this post, by Thursday, June 2nd!

(In your answer, you can refer to cultural, political, economic, environmental, youth development — or any other kind you want.)

Please let the world know how you, current and future professionals in the field, see this!

We will summarize your answers for the event, and for you here on the blog.

Thank you!