About 4000 delegates and counting are expected to grace the third edition of an annual technology and innovation exhibition event, Nairobi Innovation Week.
Targeting participants from sectors such as technology and innovation, education, research, intellectual property among others, the 2017 Innovation Week is also open for investors hunting for innovations and startups to support, as well as students desiring to enroll in mentorship programmes to be run by innovation champions.
“We initiated the Nairobi Innovation Week as a platform that gives all of us an opportunity to celebrate and propel our joint innovation efforts.
This year, working with several partners, we convened the second Nairobi Innovation Week as a demonstration of our commitment to this agenda,” reveals Prof Peter Mbithi, UoN Vice Chancellor .
Organised around pre-event workshops, bootcamps, keynote presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions, pitching platforms, graduation of startups as well as dissemination of research publications, the five-day forum launching on March 6 next year is once again expected to culminate in an award-winning ceremony for the most outstanding innovations.
“We also expect the creation of crucial linkages and collaborations between the diversity of stakeholders in the industry as the final outcome,” adds the Vice Chancellor.At the same time, the number of speakers and facilitators is expected to further increase since the event is “becoming bigger and better”.
“Last year, while only two important international personalities graced the rising annual Nairobi Innovation Week then held between August 3 and 7, this year, a number of international keynote speakers and workshop facilitators showed up,” reveals Dr Tonny Omwansa, Chair of the organising committee.
On the front-line of the five icons happened to be the Evastrategics, Inc. Chief Executive Officer and Chief Innovation Strategist, Dr Evans Baiya , as well as the Senior Advisor on Innovation at UNICEF New York, Mr Christopher Fabian.
“Back home, leading the pack of public sector speakers is the new Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Mr Joe Mucheru,” he adds.
On the other hand, representing the private sector was Dr Laila Macharia, Vice Chair of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).
The same category also featured Equity Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive, Dr James Mwangi; Barclays Bank of Kenya Managing Director, Jeremy Awori, among others.
BY MOSES OMUSOLO