The University of Nairobi has officially rolled out a plan of activities for its annual technology and innovation exhibition event, ‘Nairobi Innovation Week’.
The second since inception in August 2015, the Innovation Week 2016 is expected to attract well over 1500 delegates, both local and international.
“The format will include pre-event workshops, bootcamps, keynote presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions, pitching platforms, graduation of startups as well as dissemination of research publications,” said University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi on Friday during the launch of Nairobi Innovation Week roadmap at his parlour.
With the last event having attracted over 700 delegates, 13 sponsors, 50 exhibitors and over 50 research papers, Prof Mbithi indicated that the Nairobi Innovation Week, to be held between August 1 and 5 this year, is one of the programmes through which he is operationalising his transformation agenda which he rolled out during his inauguration as Vice Chancellor on February 14, 2015.
“This is in line with the University’s positioning as the leader in the field of research, technology and innovation as provided for in the Government’s Sector Performance Standards, Kenya’s Vision 2030, and the University’s Strategic Plan,” he explained.
Targeting participants from sectors such as technology and innovation, education, research, intellectual property among others, Prof Mbithi said the 2016 tech-innovationexhibition weeK is also open for investors who look for innovations and startups they can invest in, as well as students who desire to enroll in mentorship programmes to be run by innovation champions.
“I therefore urge all our partners and stakeholders to support us in this noble project,”said the UoN Vice Chancellor.