27-30 June 2017
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.
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:
- 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
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
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)
Other participants/not hackers please register on this link:
|HACKATHON DURING THE NEF AFRICA SCIENCE WEEK|
|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
|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
|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|
|1.20pm -1.40pm||Award Ceremony||KVDA|
|1.40pm – 2pm||Closing remarks||NEF|
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 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