Nairobi innovation Week is in high gear and runs to Friday this week. It aims to showcase local and international innovative ventures as well as supportive services to enhance the innovation process.
Running under the theme, innovating to solve pressing local and global challenges, the week has been widely successful with over 100 exhibitors and thousands of participants ranging from government workers, campus and high school students and ordinary citizens with an interest in innovation.
The week which was conceptualized by the University of Nairobi currently has a number of partners and sponsors. For this edition some of the partners and sponsors are Barclays, Safaricom, UNICEF, Equity Bank, Samsung, IBM.
Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary for ICT, officially opened the Nairobi Innovation Week on Wednesday in a keynote speech in the newly furnished UoN towers. This year’s exhibitions feature mostly on supportive services that innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors can access to start and scale up their businesses. There are financing options for small scale businesses offered by banks and Micro- financing enterprises. KRA and KEBS are also present to educate on compliance to set regulations.
Patenting is a hot topic issue in innovation. KIPI (Kenya Industrial Property Institute) is present and giving guidelines on how one can patent their work. For artistic works, Kenya Copyright Board KECOBO is available offering valuable information on copyrighting work.
There are side events by which one can register on the website and attend. They address issues on various sub themes of the conference form sustainable development, emerging trends and global competition.
Sub themes in the Nairobi Innovation Week include: facilitating tools for enabling innovation, developing 21st century mindsets such as critical thinking, collaboration; not to mention, embracing digital technologies for development.
So make you way to the University of Nairobi Great Court grounds and learn a thing or two. You will also interact with the leaders in the industry. Friday 10th is the last day.