Morocco International Salon IWA 2020
Innovation Week in Africa
From 08th to 12th September 2020
Rabat – Morocco

Held under the Honorable Patronage of the IFIA

The Innovation Week in Africa IWA 2020 main international Partners:
The Oxford Business Group (Research Partner)
The Patent Magazine (International media Partner)

Previous edition Report: IWA2019

Payment of participation fees can be done here: Registration fees payment page
Sponsor this event through the following link: Sponsorship to OFEED events

EMSI Group and OFEED organize, under the Honorable Patronage of IFIA, the International Salon IWA 2020, the Innovation Week in Africa which will be held in Rabat – Morocco.

This salon and competition provide extraordinary opportunities for all individual inventors, innovative companies, universities and scientific research centers, to express their creativity and innovative capacity, recognizing the vital importance of global innovation and to encourage the inventors’ initiative.

In addition, an exceptional competition, the Virustop contest 2020, will be held alongside with this event, to feature most brilliant ideas and concrete solutions to fight against the spread of viruses.

The event benefit from many important partners in Morocco, including scientific and entrepreneurial institutions from engineering schools, universities and many high ranked Government authorities and financial institutions in Morocco.

Allowed items to this contest: inventions and innovations by posters, video presentation, prototypes or products.

Participation in this event is possible remotely and the winners will receive numerous prizes. In addition, all participants will benefit from several outstanding opportunities to promote and commercialize their innovations and inventions through IFIA global network. Moreover, OFEED online shop is on the way to showcase their invention(s) / innovation(s) (restricted to sellable inventions to the general public and which already has an available stock).

IFIA members will benefit from special offer (will be sent by IFIA secretariat).

The deadline for participation is June 30th, 2020. Interested candidates must complete and send the participation forms online. Taking into consideration quarantine period in most countries due to COVID-19, all the registration and payment process can be done online using desktop or any mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc.). More details can be found here after:

GENERAL INFORMATION
Event Title: International Salon IWA 2020 “Innovation Week in Africa”

PARTNERS
The event benefit from many important partners in Morocco, including scientific and entrepreneurial institutions from engineering schools, universities and many high ranked Government authorities in Morocco.

Moreover, many VIP and famous scientists are expected to attend the event as well, including formal Presidents of some African countries and Ministers from Morocco and Africa.

EVENT CALENDAR

  • Registration period: from January to 30th May, 2020
  • Registration method: fill and send the online participation form
  • Event venue: Rabat, Morocco
  • Event Website: https://ofeed.ma

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

STEP 1: Pay the participation fees (online or by wire transfer)

STEP 2: Complete the online participation form (a copy of participation form is necessary for each invention). You can request it by email to: contact[at]ofeed.ma

• The organizer will respond back to you with a reply to confirm your submission and guide for next registration procedures
• The projects selection will be based on the answers in the application form

We highly acknowledge the fact that it is quite difficult for overseas individual/group applicants to join the competition on site in person. Thus, we provide a convenient way to participate that can allow you to join IWA 2020 from home!
Indeed, awarded participants who are not able to attend the award ceremony will receive their awards by post mail.

Membership process

  1. Register to the website using “1-your existing social media account” or “2-your email and password” through the following link: Register
  2. Login with same information used during your registration by “1-your existing social media account”, “2-your email and password” or “3-One Time Password (OTP) using your mobile phone number” through the following link: Login
  3. Access to the “Membership program” page, select a membership level and click on “add to cart” button through the following link: Membership Program
  4. Proceed to checkout
  5. You will receive Invoice by email and also can download it anytime at: My orders

Selecting an event (for OFEED members)

(to benefit from discount to OFEED members)

  1. Access to event’s page (events with membership discount will be highlighted) through the following link: All Events
  2. Click on “add to cart” button to select event(s) then proceed to checkout (discount will be automatically applied)
  3. Go to the following link to check free events (visible only to OFEED members): Free events

Submission process (applicable for all participants)

(submit your idea / project / invention)

  1. Register to the website using “1-your existing social media account” or “2-your email and password” through the following link: Register
  2. Login with same information used during your registration by “1-social media account”, “2-email and password” or “3-One Time Password (OTP) using your mobile phone number”: Login
  3. Go to My Profile -> settings, then add your “First name” and “Last name”: My Profile
  4. Send registration form for each invention: Events Registration form
  5. Check your submission(s): My Submissions

IWA event payment process for IFIA members

(to benefit from discount to IFIA members)

  1. Access to “IWA 2020” event’s page and click on “add to cart” button through the following link: Innovation Week in Africa IWA 2020
  2. Introduce IFIA coupon code (coupon code should be provided by IFIA secretariat to IFIA members only), and proceed to checkout
  3. If applicable to your invention(s), access to “Virustop contest 2020” event’s page and click on “add to cart” button through the following link: Virustop contest 2020
  4. Introduce the same coupon code (discount will be applied for this event as well), and proceed to checkout
  5. You will receive Invoice by email and also can download it anytime at: My Orders
  6. Participation guide is available through the following link: Participation Guide
  7. Any updates will be sent to registered participants by email in due time.

EVALUATION AND AWARDS

1. TENTATIVE PROGRAM
9/8/2020 10:00 – 20:00 Participant Arrival & Exhibition Set Up
9/9/2020 11:00 – 12:00 Opening Ceremony / Ribbon cutting
9/9/2020 12:00 – 17:00 Exhibition Period
9/9/2020 15:00 – 17:00 Judging day 1
9/10/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Exhibition Period
9/10/2020 10:00 – 14:00 Judging day 2
9/10/2020 14:00 – 18:30 Jury meeting, Award certificates editing / printing
9/11/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Exhibition Period
9/11/2020 16:00 – 19:00 2020 Award Ceremony / Photo Time
9/12/2020 10:00 – 12:00 Exhibits Teardown
* The schedule may be subject to change / any changes will be notified to the participants

2. INVENTIONS CATEGORIES
A: Education
B: Health
C: Food, agriculture
D: Water
E: Environment protection
F: Energy, Renewable energy, electric power
G: Safety
H: IT, Telecoms, Electronics
I: Industry
J: Transportation
K: other

3. COMMISSIONS AND JUDGES

A. Members of the Jury of the Organizing Committee

B. High experienced and Awarded Inventors

C. Professors in Universities, experts and Intellectual Property professionals.

4. EVALUATION STANDARDS OF THE INVENTIONS

A. Evaluation method: the evaluation depends on the presentation of the inventions and the information provided by the inventor in the participation form.

B. Evaluation Criteria: The most important part of the score is determined by the “main idea” of invention. However, creativity, potential for technological advancement, practical feasibility and the marketability of the invention will also be assessed to constitute the overall mark.

5. EVALUATION CONDITIONS
Ideas copied on projects that already exist will automatically be disqualified from the competition

6. AWARDS
• Organizers medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze and Special Awards)
• Organizers trophies (Grand prize, Semi Grand prize)
• International partners Special Awards

A. Gold, Silver and bronze medals are issued on the basis of the assessment of the overall rating

B. Prizes are presented in the form of diplomas, medals, plaques or trophies according to the prize classification

C. Other prizes not mentioned in this guide may also be issued.

PAYMENT OF REGISTRATION FEES

1. PAYMENT METHOD
The total of participation fees should be sent online or by wire transfer.

2. REGISTRATION FEES AND OTHER RATES
Registration fees includes the entry registration fee for each invention and the exhibit station facilities. Also, additional fees may apply for other options:

• TV screen rental: US$ 200

• Additional Medal: US$50 (Optional for winners only)

• Postage fees: US$90 (Optional for participants from distance / winners only)

Booth Specification
• Overall size is 2m x 2m (Length x Width)
• Free table and chair included
• Fascia board with name of organization and country of origin
• Pre-print Poster, 0.8m x 1m (Width x Height). Participant will have to design his own poster and send it using the online registration form during submission.

Booth setup will start on 8th September  2020. Tear down will start on 12th September 2020.