05 Aug

Led by the Cabinet Secretary for Information Communication and Technology, Dr. Fred Matian’gi,

the University of Nairobi launched the inaugural Nairobi Innovation Week and broke ground for the

construction of Innovation Hub, the extra modern computing facility at the School of Computing and

Informatics, Chiromo Campus on August 5, 2015.

The Innovation Hub will be the landmark computing facility that will help the university further

research in the computing field and incubate hundreds of business start-ups as the University leads

in the formation of ‘Silicon Savannah’.

Estimated to cost Ksh. 1 Billion, the Innovation Hub will house innovators and entrepreneurs for a

period of 2 years as they build their business concepts into viable businesses.

Dr. Matiang’i noted that we have a great resource than gold – our brain power. Our ideas should

help move Kenya’s development agenda forward.

On her part, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, the University of Nairobi Chancellor, assured the innovators that they

will be funded as they develop their business start-ups.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi noted that unlike in the past where there was scramble for

land in Africa, there is new scramble for valuable ideas. These valuable ideas will help create wealth

in the innovation ecosystem. Prof. Mbithi hopes that the business start-ups and innovations being

spawned will create solutions to the problems of Kenyans.

The Nairobi Innovation Hub, dubbed Africa Innovation Accelerator is expected to be completed in 2

years.

Also present during the ground breaking ceremony at the College of Biological and Physical Sciences,

Chiromo Campus, included: Dr. Fred Matian’gi, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information and

Communication Technology, CEO Barclays Bank of Kenya, Mr. Jeremy Awori, University of Nairobi

Chairman of Council, Dr. Idle Farah, University Management Board, University staff and students.

More interesting moments captured in our Youtube Channel