Being the last week before The Nairobi Innovation Week scheduled for August 1-5, groundworks have entered the final stretch. The event’s organizing committee held a media briefing at the Vice Chancellors parlor on 26th July 2016. In attendance were various stakeholders and sponsors of the event.
The chairman of the committee, Dr. Tonny Omwansa made his introductory remarks and welcomed the partners to continue their much appreciated role in the Nairobi Innovation Week. “The concept of the Nairobi Innovation Week started in 2014 and with the support of various partners, sponsors and stakeholders. We held the inaugural Nairobi Innovation Week in August 2015,” he added.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi went on to further announce that the programme for the Nairobi Innovation Week had been finalized and that delegates who wish to access it can do so at the Innovation week website. “We will be hosting an expected 1500 people during the 5 day event at the University grounds” he said.
“So far, this forum has attracted 5 strategic partners which include the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Ministry of ICT, UNICEF and KEPSA,” Prof. Mbithi remarked. In addition he said that these partners play a more important role by attracting partners and other resources into the innovation week. UNICEF has facilitated a number of colleagues from their regional offices who will be facilitating pre-events and form part of the panels during the plenary sessions.
Prof. Mbithi then acknowledged the presence of the sponsors in attendance which included Barclays Bank, Safaricom and the University of Nairobi Alumni Office. Other sponsors include Kenya Revenue Authority as a platinum sponsor and Equity Bank as a gold sponsor. Bronze sponsors are IBM Research, General Motors East Africa, Israel Embassy and KonzaTechnopolis. ADMI, Samsung, I Choose Life, KCB, Cooperative Bank, National Bank and Uber have also contributed towards the event in kind.
The Chief Financial Officer, Yusuf Omari from Barclays Bank presented Prof. Mbithi with a cheque of Ksh. 3 million towards the Nairobi Innovation Week. Barclays have been partners of the Innovation Week
Veronica Ogeto, Head of Department of Innovation from Safaricom presented the Vice Chancellor with a cheque in the tune of Ksh. 1 million towards the Innovation Week. Safaricom were sponsors of the first edition as well.
Additionally, the University of Nairobi Alumni presented the Vice Chancellor with two cheques towards the bursary fund and the Innovation Week. UoN Alumni sponsored the event in the tune of Ksh. 500,000.
Dr. Omwansa closed by inviting exhibitors and delegates to register before the registration portal is closed.
By Philip Mwago.