Kenyan University takes lead in innovation, to make Kenya tech hub

In Kenya, innovation and entrepreneurship are intertwined. Nairobi has become the tech hub of Africa, a niche that could be worth more than a billion dollars in the next few years. The ICT sector aswell is set to contribute up to 8% of the country’s GDP by 2017, according to the Kenya ICT Authority’s ICT Masterplan.

Daily Nation reports that Kenya will soon be a technological hub following University of Nairobi’s move to support development of new innovations.

The chancellor has identified specific projects and programmes that are aligned to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further, the university has also started the Bicycle Sharing initiative that will transform urban mobility and reduce over-reliance on motorised transport.

The university has a 10-years-trategic plan on innovation that is aimed at building a world class Innovation forum in the country. The main purpose of the innovation week is to champion relevant policy discussions on invention within institutions and in the country.

UoN is also seeking to showcase and recognise innovations by researchers, startups and organisations.

Further, the forum seeks to promote practical skills necessary to create innovations that truly impact on people and societies; and to provide a support mechanism for innovations that have been developed to gain traction and scale.

 

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