Innovation Week 2018 21 - 26 May. Sign up and come along!

Innovation Week is a series of events in Dar es Salaam exploring innovations in research, development, entrepreneurship, technology and design. Curated by the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), in partnership with COSTECH, and funded by UK Aid. Innovation Week 2018 (#IW2018) will kick off on Monday May 21, 2018 and run until Saturday May 26, 2018. This year the theme is “Innovation into Action”. During the week, experts from the digital technology, education, health, and WASH sectors, will be sharing their insights on innovation with audiences and collaborators from across Tanzania. The purpose of Innovation Week is to inspire current and future leaders in the country to take risks on new ideas, collaborate across sectors, and transform Tanzania through the scaling of innovation. The majority of the events are going to be hosted at the Commission for Science and Technology (COSETCH), where you are welcome to join us all week long for the many public events.

Full information is available on the HDIF website, where you can see the schedule for Innovation Week and sign up through the button ‘reserve a seat’. For events hosted by HDIF please register through Eventbrite to assist with catering and room capacity. You can also follow HDIF on Facebook and Twitter with the handle @HDIFtz for updates on #IW2018.

We have events on WASH, education, health, gender, hubs and more, but as a SDWG member you may be particularly interested in these events:

Event Title: Empowering, educating, and elevating women and girls through innovations

Organisation: HDIF

Time: Wednesday 23rd May, 2PM – 5PM

Venue: Main Hall

Participation: Public

Join HDIF in exploring the translation of skills into entrepreneurship and jobs through innovative approaches for women and girls. Participants who can utilise the lessons learned to influence future programme design or scale the approaches to other countries and regions are all welcome.

To attend, please register at

Event Title: Innovation spaces as drivers of youth’s employment and growth

Organisation: HDIF

Time: Wednesday 23rd May, 9AM – 12AM

Venue: Main Hall

Participation: Public

This is a power introduction to the hubs of Tanzania! Hubs, maker-spacers, and accelerators from around Tanzania will come together to showcase what they do, network, and meet the public, policymakers, innovators, and funders. HDIF will also present its study on hubs and the innovation ecosystem which highlights where hubs are clustered, challenges they face, services they provide, how and why they come and go, and what could be done to support them.

To attend please register at

All my best,

Alexa du Plessis

Strategic Partnerships Advisor

Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF)