UoN Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi (R) flanked by C4DLab Director Dr Tonny Omwansa (L) during a Tuesday media briefing on status of preparations for Nairobi Innovation Week 2016.
Just how big-and better is the second Nairobi Innovation Week?
That is the question lingering in the minds of many would-be attendees of the five-day technology and innovation exhibition event.
Well, we have the answer: according to the UoN Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi, while giving an update on Tuesday on the status of preparations for the flagship event of the University, revealed:
“There are a total of 16 partners and sponsors who have committed to support the movement, some of whom will present their cheques today,” he said.
In addition, the Vice Chancellor intimated that there will be a total of 13 pre-events happening between Monday and Tuesday of August 1, and 2, 2016.
“These pre-events focus on Innovation Policy engagements and capacity building. To realise this, there will be workshops, bootcamps, Hackerthons, Makerthons, master classes, and seminars,” continued Prof Mbithi.
He went on to say that on August 3 and 4, there will be a series of key note presentations and panel discussions on a variety of topics including but not limited to “Innovation Framework for the country”, “Innovations and Sustainable Development Goals”, “Commercialization of Research and Innovations”, “University of the Future” “Innovations for Children and Youth” and “Realtime Data and Innovations”.
“Friday the 5th is a Startups Day. We will have an opportunity to engage with emerging and innovative companies who will showcase and pitch their solutions to attract funding and partners.
That is why we have invited banks, fund managers, venture capitalists and angel investors to start engaging with us and the startups with the aim of investing and supporting them,” said the Vice Chancellor.
Prof Mbithi further indicated that the Caliber of keynote presenters, exhibitors, panelist and facilitators is “extremely varied, dynamic ”, upon which he said: “the spread will make anyone want to attend this forum”.
In contrast, a report of Innovation Week 2015 shows that the event attracted well over 700 delegates, 13 sponsors, over 50 exhibitors, two international speakers, over 20 speakers, as well as 55 plus research papers.
“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,” the Vice Chancellor said in his final appeal to the public looking to attend the fast-approaching Nairobi Innovation Week 2016.