The 2016 Nairobi Innovation Week Roadmap has been launched by the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi who urged innovators to create solutions that will solve local problems. The launch took place today, April, 15, 2016 at the Vice-Chancellor’s Parlour.
Speaking during the launch, the Vice-Chancellor noted that Kenya is endowed with innovation ecosystems that can have a transformative effect in the whole country. He urged Kenyan innovators to rise up and compete on the global scale.
The 2016 Innovation Week is the second innovation week following the highly successful inaugural Nairobi Innovation Week that was held in August, 2015. It had 700 delegates, 13 sponsors and received global attention with innovation gurus like Mr. Saul Singer from Israel and Morris Langdon from United States of America being attendance.
Among the activities that have been lined up during this year’s innovation week include discussions on innovations for the county government, innovations for private sector, skills framework and tools for human centric innovation and innovations for children. Other activities include publications, keynote presentations, panel discussions, graduation of start-ups, among others.
The objective of the innovation week include: showcasing innovations, promoting practical skills, championing policy discussions and providing support mechanisms for innovations.
The targeted audience include policy makers from government, organizations with technology products, universities, entrepreneurs who have developed products, organizations who appreciate innovations, students, the media and members of the public.
Mr. Christopher Fabian, Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director at UNICEF noted that universities are a beacon of technology life. Universities challenge the norm and as a partner to the Nairobi Innovation Week, they are looking forward to developing solutions for the children.
Present during the launch include; Prof. Henry Mutori, Deputy Vice-Chancelor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Timothy Waema, who was the Master of the ceremonies for the event, Prof. William Okello Odongo, the Director School of Computing and Informatics, where the Computing for Development Lab, C4D Lab is hosted, among others.