UoN Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi (L) receives a dummy cheque of Sh3 million from Barclays Bank of Kenya Chief Financial Officer Yusuf Omari during a media briefing held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Vice Chancellor’s Parlour.
With only three days to the much-awaited technology and innovation exhibition event (Nairobi Innovaiton Week), there are all signs that the house is pretty in order.
This comes as the University of Nairobi, organiser and host, releases a final update on preparations of the five-day event to be attended by up to 1,500 delegates and counting.
And given that this time round, even High School students across the country have been officially invited to witness technology and innovation champions engaging the government on avenues of collaborations and partnerships to spur radical innovation in the country, the second edition of the Nairobi Innovation Week is expected from many quarters to be big and better.
“I would like to announce that the details of the program for the Nairobi Innovaiton Week are now finalized and we will be hosting an expected 1500 people between the August 1 and 5,2016 at the University grounds,” said University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi during a media briefing held on Tuesday this week.
Prof Mbithi also revealed that the flagship event of the University of Nairobi had so far attracted five strategic partners with many more expressing interest.
“These partners are contributing not only by funding the Innovation Week but more importantly in kind, by attracting the partners and other resources into the innovation week. For example, UNICEF is funding the head of Innovation from the Global office to give a keynote speech, is facilitating a number of colleages from the regional offices and will be facilitating pre-events and two panels.
The ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives has identified and funded startups who will exhibit the entire week and also pitch their work on the 5th of August before the closing ceremony,” he explained.
Touching on the general outline of the programme, the UoN Vice-Chancellor noted that between Monday and Tuesday of August 2016 alone, a total of 13 pre-events with a focus on innovation policy formulation and capacity building will be held, with formats including workshops, bootcamps, Hackerthons, Makerthons, master classes and seminars.
“It is my hope and that of the University of Nairobi that delegates will get value for the time. They will see, engage, learn and build new partnerships. We hope that this forum will continue to influence and shape our policy environment, inspire new and current entrepreneurs, strengthen the skills of our partners, staff and students to build more human centric innovations,” Prof Mbithi concluded.