One of the key speakers at the forthcoming Nairobi Innovation Week ICT Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiangi, confirmed his participation and support when he visited the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi in his office today, June, 13, 2015.
Speaking during the event, the Cabinet Secretary challenged the University of Nairobi to rise and play its role as the Innovation hub in the country. Citing Silicon Valley which was the brainchild of Stanford University, Dr. Matiangi noted that it is time the University of Nairobi played its part as the technology giant in the region.
The Cabinet Secretary confirmed his participation and pledged to bring along with him, some industry players like Competition Authority and ICT Authority to participate in the innovation event that will bring together people from the academia, innovators, business start-ups and incubations, policy makers, venture capitalists, researchers among others.
Also revealed during the meeting is the forthcoming visit by India’s Minister of ICT, who will be accompanied by close to one hundred investors who are keen on investing in Kenyan business start-ups. The minister will give a public lecture at the C4D Lab.
The Vice-Chancellor took the opportunity to request for more funding from the government towards enhancement of School of Computing and Informatics’ C4D Lab, where business start-ups are incubated. This he said will go a long way in helping the University play its role as the Innovation hub in the country. The Vice-Chancellor also requested the Cabinet Secretary to help in lobbying for the establishment of Oracle centre and Cisco centre at the University.
Other key speakers during the forthcoming Nairobi Innovation Week include Saul Singer, Morris Langdon, Manu Chandaria, among others. More information can be found here http://www.innovationweek.co.ke/
Present during the courtesy call by the ICT Cabinet Secretary include Prof. Bernard Njoroge, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance, Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension.