Andrew Rens

Unblocking Intellectual property rights


So, what's the big idea?

Andrew was Intellectual Property Fellow for the Shuttleworth Foundation from 2007 to 2010. He was also Legal Lead for Creative Commons South Africa, a co-founder and director of The African Commons Project, charter member of Freedom to Innovate South Africa and a research associate at the LINK Center. After teaching at Wits Law School he was a fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

A renowned speaker in his field, Andrew has delivered addresses at the Second Conference on Access to Knowledge at Yale Law School, Digital Citizens Indaba at Rhodes University and the National Science and Technology Forum. He also writes on access to knowledge, the commons and intellectual property and is an avid blogger.

Andrew Rens's flash grant nominations

Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.

Male
Frank Bennett
juris-m.github.io/
Female
Priscila Gonsales
www.educadigital.org.br/en/
Female
Lauren Hermanus
www.massivesmall.com/
Male
Luke Jordan
www.grassroot.org.za/
Male
David Gluckman
lumkani.com/
Female
Pria Chetty
Male
Tobias Schonwetter
www.openair.org.za/
Male
Jérémie Zimmerman
www.laquadrature.net/
Female
Kerry Anderson
africanlii.org

Spend breakdown

At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.

The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.

2007

Our contribution:
$66,817.41
Total funds:
$66,817.41

2008

Our contribution:
$154,858.52
Total funds:
$154,858.52

2009

Our contribution:
$83,632.48
Total funds:
$83,632.48

2010

Our contribution:
$14,825.74
Total funds:
$14,825.74
People
Marketing
Software
Travel
Infrastructure
Training
Office space
Legal
Total funding to date:
$320,134.15