Innovating To Solve Local and Global Challenges: Nairobi Innovation Week (NIW) 2017

Talk of the numerous innovation that  are underway which will definitely impact positively to the growth and development of our economy. Nairobi Innovation Week brings together various stakeholders to a common platform to showcase their innovation with a number of objectives in place.

These objectives include:  championing relevant policy discussions on innovation within institutions which is achieved through policy discussions; panel discussions; key note speeches and; disseminated material during the Innovation Week. Also, exhibitions help recognize innovations by researchers, incubatees and organizations with the aim of exposing relevant innovations to the broader community. NIW  promotes practical skills necessary to create innovations that truly impact on people and societies.

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Strengthen skills necessary for developing customer centered innovations are achieved through hackathons and workshops. Connecting innovators and investors while exposing innovations to consumers through exhibitions and pitching platforms provides a support mechanism for innovations to gain traction and scale.

 Apart from innovations, NIW seeks to address other themes  like:  Agents of change for Children, Adolescent and Youth, The Startup Movement as an avenue for solving pressing challenges, Harnessing Maturing Digital Technologies (e.g. mobile financial services, cloud) for pressing challenges. Others include; Developing 21st century mindsets (collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, design thinking, future of learning etc.), Government: Enabler and Adopter of Innovations and Exploiting Emerging Digital Technologies (e.g. 3D, wearable, sensors, drones etc.) for pressing challenges.

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While addressing the innovation issue, NIW  employs various   approaches.Apart from various keynote presentations, panel discussions and fireside chats at the plenary hall, there are;

Hackathons.

Guided by customer centric product development experts, students and innovators were through user centered design training and expected to solve very specific problems in the African context.

Pitches.

Currently incubated startups in the university accelerator program (Africa Technology and Innovation Incubator – AfTIA), invited startups from other incubation programs as well as products developed in the university were presented for recognition and awarding.

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Workshops.

Working with various partners, the NIW committee organized a series of workshops meant to strengthen innovation capacity of individuals and organizations.

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