Ivory Coast:

27-30 June 2017

Guiako Obin

Led By: Guiako Obin

“Today, scientifc research is part of the strategic priorities of the Ivorian government,” said Dr. Cisse Ibrahima, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research during the 60th anniversary of the Swiss Research Centre in Ivory Coast (CSRS). According to the Minister, things are on the move. Assessing the many initiatives coming from the Ministry, one can definitely say there is political will to make science an essential pillar in the development trajectory of the Côte d’Ivoire.

Case in point, a recent national seminar on the strategic orientations of scientific and technological research in Côte d’Ivoire was held 26 -28 September 2011 in Abidjan Cocody with the main objective to put in place the essential tools to launch the new roadmap for scientific research in Côte d’Ivoire. During 3 days, participants from government, universities and research centres gathered and drew a list of 8 pillars: 1. Health 2. Natural resources 3. Environment and Society 4. Mining, Energy and Materials 5. Economics – Ethics and Sustainable Development 6. Agriculture, Forestry and Development 7. Identity, Cultural Diversity and Integration 8. Technological innovation.

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A computer scientist by training, Guiako Obin has worked for about four years in the field of geolocation (real-time tracking of any mobile device by the GPS network). He is the Co-founder of the Baby Lab of Abobo (one of the most popular communes of Côte d’Ivoire), the first Ivorian Fab registered in the world network of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  Baby Lab wants to make neighborhoods potential centres of technological innovation by facilitating access to digital education for those under 15 years, an effective way to fight juvenile delinquency. He is one of the 34 Young African Leaders of the BSF Campus Program of Libraries Without Borders, which aim to invent the libraries of tomorrow in Francophone Africa. He has several prizes, the most recent of which is the “Prix Jeunesse Francophonie 35 <35” in the ‘Entrepreneurship Support’ category, a prize that recognizes 35 young innovators under 35 who made an impact in 2016. Obin is a consultant in CSR and Social Innovation Policy.


  1. Tuesday 27 June 2017 (9h00 – 12h)

A discussion panel and practical workshops on managing scientific projects
Venue and panelists to be confirmed.

  1. Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 June 2017

Code: The 21st Century’s Language: In-residence software development workshops for and by girls (Finalists of the Microsoft Code Contest in Egypt)
Venue to be confirmed.

  1. Wednesday 28 June 2017 (9h00 – 17h)

Digital manufacturing and scientific development: drone and 3D printer manufacturing workshops.
Venue to be confirmed.

  1. Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 June 2017

Social transformation through science at the heart of the popular cities (Case of Abobo commune): Coding workshops, electronics and robotics with children aged 8 to 15
Venue: Baby Lab in the Commune of Abobo behind the university campus

  1. Friday 30 June 2017

Seminar on fab lab and its role in promoting the new jobs of the 21st century
Venue: INPHB

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