The main theme of the event will be: “Innovating to solve pressing local and global challenges” with other sub-themes being:
- Agents of Change: Children, Adolescents and Young adults
- Tools to enable and facilitate Innovations
- The Startup Movement as an avenue to solving pressing local and global challenges
- Harnessing Maturing Digital Technologies (e.g Mobile financial services, cloud) for pressing challenges
- Exploiting Emerging Digital Technologies (e.g 3D, Wearables, sensors, drones, etc) for pressing challenges
- Developing 21st Century mindset (Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Design Thinking, Future of learning etc.)
- Government : Enabler and Adopter of Innovations.
- Innovations for Sustainable Development Goals at Sub National Level
The meeting will also have a panel session Kenya’s Innovation Policy where delegates are expected to discuss the country’s STI policy which is still in draft form and which was the basis of the STI Act. The STI Act created the necessary institutional framework and almost all the institutions are operational and there is also visible innovation work going on in various ministries. Some of the questions the panel, to be moderated by Prof Timothy Waema, will seek to provide responses to include:
- What are the key elements of the policy framework that we need to create?
- How do we create this policy framework?
- How do we re-arrange the existing institutional framework for more effective coordination, while ensuring collaboration and exploitation of synergies?
The Panelists will be:
- Julius Korir, PS, State Department for Investment and Industry
- Eng. Victor Kyalo – PS, ICT and Innovation
- Dr. Salome Gachu – Ag. CEO KENIA
- Dr. Jemimah Onsare – Ag. CEO NRF
- Nicholas Nesbitt, Country General Manager, IBM East Africa
- Louis Otieno – Microsoft Africa