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Second Annual Nairobi Innovation Week Commences

Date and time: 
Mon, 2016-08-01 11:41
Location / Venue: 

Confucius Institute, Main Campus-University of Nairobi

A session on Intellectual Properties facilitated by Kenya Industrial Properties Institute (KIPI) during Nairobi Innovation Week 2016

Nairobi County is hosting the coveted innovation week at the University of Nairobi from 1st-5th August 2016. Day one of the innovation began with pertinent issues pertaining innovation: research in innovations, intellectual patents as well as education reforms in higher learning.

Competition for a bike share design challenge aimed to introduce biking as a form of transport in the city, to be piloted at the University of Nairobi, also commenced today.

The Nairobi innovation week comprises plenary sessions, policy discussion forums, research paper and case study presentations, round tables and exhibitions of inventions and innovations by individual innovators, start-ups and organizations.

Organized with the support of Strategic partners from the Ministry of Information and Communication, Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and UNICEF;  there are additional Gold, Silver and Bronze partners.

Innovation Week 2016 Title sponsor is Barclays Bank, while gold and silver partners are Equity Bank and Safaricom respectively. Bronze Partners supporting innovation week include: Konza Technolopolis Development Authority, Embassy of Israel in Kenya, General Motors East Africa, IBM, Africa Digital Media Institute. Additionally, Samsung, I Choose Life, Cooperative Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, National Bank and Uber are partners.

Speakers have been drawn from corporates, government and non-governmental organisations. The organsiations that have churned speakers include Barclays Bank, Equity Bank, Commercial Bank of Africa , UNICEF, I choose Life Africa, Seven Seas Technology, World Bank, Youth Advisory Board, Phillips Research Africa and Funkidz.

Key note speakers include: Ambassador Yahel Vilan, Ambassador of Israeli to Kenya; Cabinet Secretaries, Hon. F. Matiang’i (Education), Hon. J.Mucheru (ICT), Hon. A. Mohamed (Industry); Principal Secretaries  Hon. J. Korir (State Department of Investment and Industry) and Eng. V. Kyalo (ICT and Innovations); Eng. George Tanui (CEO Konza Technopolis Development Authority); Saddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Cordinator and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative Kenya; Werner Schultink, UNICEF Kenya Country Office Representative; Dr. Mohamud Omar Mohamed, Commissioner Strategy, Innovation and Risk Management; Prof. Gituro Wainaina, Director General Vision 2030;

The topics for day one, Monday 1st August 2016 were:

  • Commercialization of Research and Innovations (led by Dr. Evans Baiya, USA; Prof. Lucy Irungu; Dr. Richard Aya)
  • Implication of the Basic Education Curriculum Reforms on Tertiary education, especially university education in Kenya (Dr. Andrew Rasugu Riechi, UoN)
  • Design Thinking (Stuart Campo, Georgia Hill, Moses Rono, Dr. Lorraine Ambole, Dr. Tonny Omwansa, C4DLab)
  • Sense with Cents, Transforming Ideas (Claire Munene; Martha-Githui-Bett; Angela Wamola; C4DLab)
  • Intellectual Property Master Class (Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperative; Kenya Industrial Properties Institute, Intellectual Property Management Office [IPMO, UoN] )


Day 2, Tuesday 2nd August 2016 will involve a discussion of Effectively Coordinating the National Innovation Ecosystem as well as presentation of Innovation Week 2016 papers

Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2017-08-01 11:41

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