The preparations are on top gear for Nairobi Innovation Week, the premier innovation event organized by School of Computing and Informatics’ C4D Lab. The sponsors have started streaming in to sponsor the event that will be taking place from August, 4-7, 2015 at Main Campus Graduation Court.
The lead sponsor, Barclays Bank of Kenya, the Official University of Nairobi banking partner paid the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi, a courtesy call in his office to assure him of their sponsorship.
Speaking during the visit, Prof. Mbithi noted that the Innovation Week will enable the youth of this country to showcase their best innovations and engage the business and the corporate world. By allowing the youth to innovate, commercialize and create wealth, the University will in the long run help reduce the burden of unemployment.
The Barclays team revealed that they are working at driving the youth agenda in Kenya and they are beginning with the University students. Among other things the bank will work on is mentorship of students to make them more employable.
Earlier on, the Vice-Chancellor met Mr. Kamal Budhabhatti, the Chief Executive Officer, Craft Silicon, one of the leading technology firms in Kenya. Craft Silicon has subsidiaries in India, United States of America and United Kingdom. Mr. Kamal noted that the young graduates need guidance from corporate and their company is in the forefront of guiding business start-ups and the youth on technology.
Present during the meeting was Dr. Tonny Omwansa, the Coordinator, Nairobi Innovation Week and a Lecturer from the School of Computing and Informatics.