Welcome to the 2017 Spring Edition of Hélice.
In this issue, the Triple Helix Association is pleased to collaborate with I Choose Life – Africa to present the First Triple Helix International Summit to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 4-6 April 2017.
The Summit, as a new venture by the Triple Helix Association, will act as a ‘Laboratory’ to ignite and further develop the scientific and practical debate on new/emerging specific Triple Helix dimensions/ trends.
The objective of the Summit is to be international in scope, while being regional in reach, and offering a thematic focus related to a specific aspect of Triple Helix dimensions and trends.
The TH International Summit in Kenya, hosted by the I Choose Life – Africa, a keynote charitable organisation – will be held in Nairobi from 4-6 April 2017, and in line with the objectives of the THA, carries the theme of ‘Accelerating the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through ICT and Data’.
I Choose Life – Africa has been instrumental in promoting the Quadra Helix approach in Kenya – reflecting the fourth arm of civic society, and is aimed at seeking new directions for addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Kenya.
The Conference is co-hosted by the Government of Kenya, the UN branch of Kenya and the Triple Helix Association.
In this issue we highlight the key elements of the Kenya Summit, including special directions and sessions, and urge our Readers to attend this singular event.
We include an enlightening President’s Column written by Mariza Almedia, the THA Vice President, on Implications of the Brazilian Development Experience for Kenya.
We have two book reviews, by Tatiana Pospelova and Henry Etzkowitz, on Chaos Monkeys: Obscrure Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Farcia Martinez.
We bring to your attention the Association Working Papers Series, we would urge those interested in being contributors and mentors, to please contact the Series Chair, Maria Jose Herrero Villa.
In this issue you will also find New Publications, recent activities of our THA Chapters, details on our Webinar, a warm welcome to our new THA organizational and individual members, as well as THA New from around the world, and current Call for Papers.
As always, we hope you enjoy this issue and will share your comments with us. We welcome articles, essays, opinion papers on the Triple Helix, innovation policy, technology entrepreneurship, innovation management, and other topics relevant to solving the crisis that countries, organizations and individuals are facing. Potential topics, special issue suggestions, and submissions would also be appreciated. As Editors, we are happy to share your updates and news, and make your valuable research visible via Hélice.
For further information, please contact Devrim Göktepe-Hultén (Editor in Chief) at *email address protected*, or Sheila Forbes (Managing Editor) at *email address protected*.
We look forward to seeing you in Nairobi.
Devrim Göktepe-Hultén, Editor in Chief
Sheila Forbes, Managing Editor
Call for Practical Case Studies
Hélice is looking for organizations from its membership constituency and beyond, including governmental institutions, innovation intermediaries or companies, interested in having their Triple Helix interaction experience presented as a case study in Hélice.
Those interested should submit an abstract of 1-2 pages by email to the Hélice Editor in Chief, Dr Devrim Göktepe Hultén (*email address protected*), from whom further information can also be obtained.