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4th SCI-Fest on Robotics and IP hosted at ARIPO

05-Mar-2019 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 423
HARARE - ARIPO announced in a press release that it has hosted the 4th SCI-Fest, an African Regional Robotics Science and Intellectual Property Conference and Festival organized by the Yes Network Organization in Zimbabwe. The Festival running from March 1-3, 2019 also celebrates the African Environment Day as per the United Nations Calendar.

The SCI-Fest was officially opened by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Hon. Prof. Dr A. Murwira who was the Guest of Honour. The festival brought together primary and secondary school students from around Harare, Zimbabwe who exhibited their creative innovations.

Hon. Prof. Dr. Murwira’s opening remarks emphasized the need to equip the country’s educational systems with practical skills to address problems. He urged the students to continue having ideas and to note that industry comes from the brain. He further advised, “while we all have five senses, for a country to develop, its citizens need to go beyond the use of the five senses, to come up with innovative solutions that address the country’s immediate problems”, he said.

Using practical examples, Mr. Said Ramadhan, senior examiner at ARIPO educated the students on how they can use the intellectual property system to create, register and protect their innovations.

According to Mr. Kudakwashe Chiveto, the pioneer of SCI-Fest Africa and Youth Ambassador President, the SCI-Fest has been growing and receiving the attention it deserves. He said, “Involving and engaging young children on innovative ideas will go a long way in having designs made locally for local problems. Next year with the support from the Ministry and other organizations the SCI-Fest will be bigger and have more students participating”, he says.
 
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