Kenya:

27-30 June 2017

Sylvia Mukasa

Led By: Sylvia Mukasa

Kenya has put science and innovation at the heart of its development strategy through comprehensive legislations which seek to mainstream the application of science, technology and innovation in all sectors. The Kenyan government passed the National, Science, Technology and Innovation Act in 2013, which among other provisions mandates a doubling of R&D government spending (from 1% of GDP in 2010 to 2%) and an increase in infrastructure spending. Kenya is a leader in ICT innovation in Africa with examples of world class innovations emerging out of Kenya such as mobile money commercializations like M-PESA. Multinational corporations like IBM have set up in Kenya to expand their own research reach, continuing to position Kenya as an undisputed leader in African innovation.

NEF Ambassador
Sylvia Mukasa, NEF ambassador for Kenya is the CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd and the Chapter Lead for Women in Tech Africa, Kenya Chapter. She is an avid mentor for women in STEM.

Overview ASW Kenya Activities:

Events

  • Opening ceremony/Introducing NEF: This will start off the Africa Science Week with an overview of the vision of Next Einstein Forum’s Africa Science Week (ASW) as well as introduce ASW activities in Kenya.
  • Spotlight on Local Heroes/Heroines: There will be local scientists/technologists talking to inspire young people mostly students by sharing their journey and demonstrating their scientific talent.

Dr. Chao Mbogo- Kenya Methodist University will be speaking about the importance of Structured Mentorship for Computing University Students.

Other speakers TBC

Kenya Methodist University Students Demos

  • Breaking into Africa-Gaps & Opportunities for Scientists, Technologists & Innovators: A talk by industry players on the gaps and opportunities that exist and should be addressed or taken advantage of. Annie Njenga, Business Concept Architect, Philips will talk about this.
  • Women in Women in Science (Women in STEM) Day: This is a meet-and-greet as well as talks with local female scientists/Women in STEM and a panel discussion to inspire other  women and young girls-featuring scientists from the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and other women in STEM, talking about their journeys and their work.

          Tatum Albertine from the US Embassy will speak about presenting on Mae Jemison and other American women scientists.

          We have other interesting speakers who will join in as well including Cynthia Nyongesa, Blogger, http://cynthiauntamed.com/

         Josephine Sitawa, Founder& Executive Director, Breast Cancer Kenya ( Talking about Technology in Cancer Advocacy)

  • Engineering Labs Africa(E-Labs) display:  Hands-On Demo on Robotics & Lego

 

  • Hack4Farming & Talks  Innovators/Scientists :This hackathon will bring together technologists and agriculture stakeholders to brainstorm and offer collaborative solutions. It will be done in partnership with EldoHub. There will be prizes to be won and incubation at the EldoHub.

          Rodgers Kirwa will talk about his experiences in agribusiness.

Registration & Dates:

Tuesday 27 June 2017 (Official Launch of the African Science Week in Kenya/ Spotlight session on Local Science Heroes/Heroines Talks)

Time: 1pm to 4pm       Venue: WECREATE Kenya, Hatheru Road, Lavington, Nairobi

Tuesday 27 June 2017 (Breaking into Africa-Gaps & Opportunities for Scientists, Technologists & Innovators)

Time: 4pm-5pm         Venue: WECREATE Kenya, Hatheru Road, Lavington, Nairobi

Please RSVP on this link for the Spotlight of Heroes/Heroines in STEM & Breaking into Africa sessions

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CVXBzVCmMlNosAqRlHg7j5kCZmI556hVh-ou9FYhBDg/edit?usp=sharing

 

Wednesday 28 June 2017 (Women in Science/STEM Day)

Time: 1pm to 4 pm             Venue: WECREATE Kenya, Hatheru Road, Lavington, Nairobi

Time: 4 pm to 5pm           Engineering Labs Africa  Hands-On Demo on Robotics & Lego

Registration link for Women in STEM Day

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7Or_hIL7uefqGEyXgoepYvgpYI_sYGHbnfyJndDc3ZBTc6Q/viewform

Friday 30th  June 2017   (Eldoret Hackathon & Motivational Talks)

Time: 8am to 3pm

Venue: Kenmosa Resort, Kaptagat Road, Eldoret Town

Hackers Registration (Please read the instructions carefully)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lynB_Vimugy-6PFBCCwRWTwHoZWTsUJd6NXsV-PiXK0/edit?ts=592fd87b

Other participants/not hackers please register on this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmWVH-NO-AVIEGKsjvD4t4qACfLv3XINX7DR54Hiumntgb3Q/viewform

         Program Details

HACKATHON DURING THE NEF AFRICA SCIENCE WEEK
Time Topic/Activity Speaker
7.00 am – 8.00 am Arrival and Registration of participants
8.00 am -9.00 am Welcoming Keynote Address- A Highlight on the objective of the Africa Science Week KVDA, NEF and  EldoHub
9.00am -9.15am First Speaker 10 minutes Speech

and Demonstration of his innovation

Rodgers Kirwa
9.10am -9.40am 2nd Speaker and 3rd speaker ICT, Science and Agriculture
9.40 am -10.10am Business Models and Technology  Trainings TechnoServe
10.10am -10.20am Tea Break
10.20am-10.30am Hackathon and Mentorship Sessions
10.30am- 10.50am Agriculture and technology- Agribusiness

technologies

TechnoServe
10.50am-11.30am Financial planning for your business TechnoServe
11.30am-12.00am Hackathon materials and guide
12.00pm-12.30pm Mentors moving around (Pitch preparation/ Demo) TechnoServe, KDFF
12.30pm-1.00pm Pitch Presentations Judges
01.00pm-1.20pm Judges verdict Judge
1.20pm -1.40pm Award Ceremony KVDA
1.40pm – 2pm Closing remarks NEF
LUNCH/SNACKS

 

HACKATHON JUDGES

Cleophas Solomon- Product Development Consultant (Confirmed)

Product Research and development consultant and IT specialist who loves growing people especially young entrepreneurs, helping them transform their ideas into products that sell.

 

Rodgers Kirwa- CEO iAgribizAfrica (Confirmed as a Judge)

Rodgers is an Agribusiness enthusiast whose life’s work is to improve the livelihoods of farmers in Africa as well as make more youths and women into Agribusiness.

As a co-founder of iAgribizAfrica, he has helped share much relevant information with the public on Agribusiness.  Rodgers has received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions as far as Agribusiness is concerned. He is the OLX SOMA 2016 finalist (Agriculture category) -1st runners up.

He is a holder of Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management from Egerton University. He is passionate agribusiness manager with expertise in value addition.

Kevin BarasaKevin Barasa – Innovation & Training at Swahili pot Hub (Confirmed as a Judge)

Software engineer interested in lean project management, product development and user experience. Assists teams, startups and accelerator hubs of all sizes to build, launch and scale their ICT projects by providing technical, product & strategic advice, focusing on capacity management and performance analysis. He loves entrepreneurship and passionate about social innovation.

 

Misoi Jonathan- Web Information Systems, Web 2.0 specialist and web security (Confirmed as a Judge)

Misoi Jonathan is a lead Consultant in the ICT field with Digitalk Technologies Ltd, a company he founded in 2013.  Coming from a Computer Science Background, he has interests in technology and also teaches at JKUAT and Catholic University departments of Computer Science. He obtained his Master from Vrije Universitet Beligium (VUB) with MSc in Computer Science in 2012. He has spoken in many technology forums and currently involved with the Government Digital Literacy Programme (DLP) in Kenya. He does other charity work and is currently the President Nominee of the Rotary Club of Eldoret Uasin Gishu. Passionate about using technology to shift Personality-Based politics in Kenya to Issue-based politics. The reason he is currently involved in championing the use of  Mheshimiwa App (on Google Store), as a platform for rating Aspirants and Incumbents in Kenya.

 

Elizabeth Mwashuma -Research Scientist, Philips

 

 

 

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