Current Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors  
ASSAf is the official national Academy of Science of South Africa and represents the country in the international community of science academies. Since its inception, ASSAf has grown from a small, emergent organisation to a well-established academy.
Diamond Sponsors  
BoFiNet is a wholesale provider of national and international telecommunication infrastructure. Core to BoFiNet’s mandate is to provide and operate a world class telecommunications backbone network infrastructure which will drive connectivity and economic growth. BoFiNet services all licensed telco Operators both Nationally and Internationally.

Wellcome is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.  We support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations, and spark debate.  Our funding supports over 14,000 people in more than 70 countries – helping thousands of curious, passionate people all over the world explore ideas in science, population health, medical innovation, the humanities and social sciences and public engagement.

For many years, Wellcome has been a leading advocate and champion of research data sharing and open access to research publications.  As a research funder, we believe that the outputs of the research should be available to access and re-use in ways that will maximise their value to health and society.  Given our passionate support for open research, together with our long term commitment to supporting research and capacity building in Africa, we are proud to support International Data Week 2018.

Gold Sponsors  

The Cloudera Foundation works with organizations and institutions across the globe to harness the power of data to improve people’s lives and protect the planet. The Foundation is an independent private endowed foundation created by Cloudera, a software company headquartered in the Silicon Valley with offices in 30 countries. The company designs software and provides services to transform complex data into clear and actionable insights.

To realize its mission, the Cloudera Foundation provides technology, engineering and data science expertise as well as grant funding to support projects where a new or different use of large data sets will help achieve significant social and environmental impact. We are committed to strengthening the capacity to use data for good, and we are pleased to support the International Data Week 2018 in Botswana.

Silver Sponsors  
WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Centre designed to help tackle this challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany.
Bronze Sponsors  
Botswana Innovation Hub is an innovative and networked organisation that promotes technology, entrepreneurship and commercialisation. It is under the Ministry of Tertiary Education Research Science and Technology with a Board of Directors from diverse disciplines to perform fiduciary duties for Botswana Innovation Hub. A company limited by guarantee to promote innovative ventures and Botswana Innovation Hub Properties to develop and manage the science and technology park and BIH Investments, a special purpose vehicle to attract commercially viable and technology related investments.

The company focuses its activities and output on the following strategic areas; develop & manage Science & Technology Park, attract innovative companies and institutions, foster commercialization of innovations and technology transfer and contribute towards competiveness & national priorities. Botswana Innovation Hub supports start-ups and existing local companies as well as attracts international companies and institutions to develop and grow competitive technology driven and knowledge-based businesses.


Crossref is a not-for-profit association of about 2000 voting member publishers who represent 4300 societies and publishers, including both commercial and not-for-profit organizations.




Hindawi is one of the world’s largest open access publishers, publishing about 18,000 articles a year across a diverse range of journals covering science, technology and medicine. They believe that science works best when research is open. This includes not just the articles written by researchers and the data underlying their findings, but the data, metadata and infrastructure for scholarly communication itself.

Hindawi provides an easily accessible way to download its entire corpus for Text & Data mining and was the first publisher to trial and implement ORCID identifiers for corresponding authors. The company introduced a data policy in 2018 which asks all authors to provide a statement about how the data underlying their findings can be accessed.  Most recently, they have been working with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation and eLife to create open source publishing tools, and with other industry partners, including AAAs and Wiley, to provide Open Access journals and services. Hindawi is a strong supporter of Open Science and as such is delighted to support International Data Week in 2018.


Springer Nature believes publishing research data is as important as publishing research in journals and books. As a proactive partner to the research community, Springer Nature is pioneering new approaches to data sharing and open data. We’re committed to supporting researchers who want to take open approaches to their data, helping to make data sharing the new normal.

Learn about our research data products and services.

Other Sponsors  

Ethiopian Airlines has been appointed and recognized as the official airline carrier for IDW participants who will be departing from any Ethiopian airline cities to Gaborone. Ethiopian Airlines will provide discounts as follows:

  • - Business Class – 15% discount
  • - Economy Class – 12% discount
  • - These discounts do not apply to promotional fares.

The IDW Local Organizing Committee therefore recommends Ethiopian Airline services to all its affiliates and participants for their travel to and from Addis Ababa.

Visit their website at and apply the promo code "IDW18".

Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) was established through the Communications Regulatory Authority Act, 2012 (CRA Act) on the 1st of April 2013 to regulate the communications sector in Botswana, comprising telecommunications, Internet and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), radio communications, broadcasting, postal services and related matters.



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