About Innovation Week

Innovation Week 2019 is a week-long series of events in Dar es Salaam curated by the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) and COSTECH with support from UKAid. This year we have partnered with DIAL, Vodacom Foundation, Dlab, 10 School of TECH, BUNI, SmartLab, Ndoto Hub, Digital Opportunities Trust, Sahara Ventures and St Joseph’s University. Other event partners have applied to host events and exhibitions which explore the theme “Scaling and Sustaining Innovation for human development”. Event partners are typically individuals and organizations from various sectors who volunteer to share insights on innovation in their field of expertise to audiences and collaborators from across sectors. The purpose of Innovation Week is to inspire the current and future leaders in Tanzania to take risks on new ideas, collaborate across sectors, and transform Tanzania through the scaling of innovation.

Theme: Scaling and sustaining innovation for human development

What do we mean by Innovation: HDIF uses the Doblin Ten Types Framework to define Innovation – we think about innovation in Tanzania as providing a new solution to an existing challenge in Tanzania (even if the solution has been applied in other countries before).

What do we mean by Scaling innovation: Taking a solution that is new to Tanzania and making it available to people on a large scale, pushing it out from early adopters/pilots for main stream use. In practise this means a solution is being designed with scale in mind, thinking how is can go beyond a pilot and be expanded new users, markets, regions or countries. This could include having it adopted and rolled out by government or made widely available by the private sector or local civil society.

What do we mean by Sustaining innovation: Taking a solution that is new to Tanzania and making it available to people in a way that is viable for long term implementation either by working with private sector and alternative sources of financing to scale it or working with government to dedicate budget and resources for the solution and it is included in national strategies, or the solution is paid for by those who are using it and there is a commercial plan to fund the solution beyond venture or angel funds, or there is a long-term commitment by local civil society to provide the solution. Read more about building solutions for sustainability.

Sub themes

Scaling and sustaining innovations in education

Exploring technologies in the context of Tanzania

Scaling and sustaining innovations in health

Innovation ecosystems

Scaling and sustaining innovations in WASH

Inclusive innovation in development

Innovation Week 2019 Schedule