The National Innovation Fair
December 13, 2021
The eleventh National Innovation Fair was held at the Mohamed Boudiaf University of M’sila on December 7 and 8 with the theme of “Your idea, your innovation”. More than 100 exhibitors, including companies, research and development centers and people conducting innovative projects from around the country participated in the Fair. Among them were 37 young students.
The exhibition was opened by the Governor of M’sila.
The Rector of the University, the Representative of the Minister of Industry and Mines, the Director General of the Algerian National Industrial Property Rights Institute (INAPI) and the Director of the Algeria Office all delivered speeches during the Opening Ceremony.
In addition to the exhibition of dozens of new inventions and innovations, the Fair featured a series of workshops on various topics relating to innovation and intellectual property (IP).
WIPO conducted a workshop for Technology and Innovation Support Centers, and the Director of the WIPO Algeria Office presented the WIPO “Little Genius” award to the best inventor among the young students.
The aim of the award is to foster a spirit of innovation and creativity among children and students.
The recipient of the award invented a “smart bracelet” to assist the visually impaired.
A nationwide competition for the best patent was also launched at the Fair and the winner will be announced shortly.
The Mohamed Boudiaf University of M’sila was selected to host the eleventh Fair because it filed the largest number of patent applications with INAPI in 2021.
The Fair aims to encourage innovation and creativity and to promote respect for and the use of IP rights.
It is also provides an opportunity to bring innovators and creators into direct contact with companies and thereby enhance synergies between scientific research and the economic sector.
The first day of the Fair ended with a joint press conference, during which the Governor, the Rector, the Director General of INAPI and the Director of the WIPO Algeria Office answered journalists' questions.