08 Jul

University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor and head of the Organising Committee Nairobi Innovation Week, Prof Peter Mbithi at a past event.

With some weeks to the second Nairobi Innovation Week, the Organising Committee has just released a draft Programme of the five-day event.

This comes even as the Committee lines up a new team of tech savvy speakers who are expected to spearhead discussions bordering on championing innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.

Leading the pack of over 20 invited speakers at the second edition of the Innovation Week is the new Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Mr Joe Mucheru.

Other government leaders to speak include the Communications Authority of Kenya Director General, Engineer Francis Wangusi; Kenya Vision 2030 Director General, Prof Gituro Wainanina; Konza Technopolis Development Authority chief executive, Engineer John Tanui; Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development, Adan Mohammed, among others.

Representing the private sector, Dr Laila Macharia, Vice Chair of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) is expected to moderate a VVIP panel on the third day of the event, which will also be the official opening.

Other great minds playing important roles at the rising innovation exhibition event include Equity Bank managing director and chief executive, Dr James Mwangi; Barclays Bank of Kenya managing director, Jeremy Awori; Transilio, Inc. chief technology officer and executive vice president, Dr Evans Baiya, among others.

Meanwhile, the Organising Committee is setting the stage for the official opening of the Innovation Week with venues including the brand new multi-storied business and administration building of the university, Lilian Towers, which is expected to host one pre-event workshop on August 1.

Expected to facilitate the ‘commercialization of research and innovation’ topic on the first day in the new towers will one Dr Evans Baiya,” says the Organising Committee chair Dr Tonny Omwansa.

Other areas to be handled by selected innovation icons on Monday and Tuesday from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm daily include Design Thinking, Bikeshare Design, Intellectual Property among others,” he adds.