14 Jul

UoN Vice-Chancellor, Prof Peter Mbithi(L) engages UNICEF Kenya representative Dr Pirkko Heinonen(R) before the signing of an MoU in May that saw the children’s organisation  start work with C4DLab in various projects.

As preparations for the second Nairobi Innovation Week hit homestretch, the five-day event has strategically attracted up to twelve major sponsorships and partnerships.

At the same time, 400 out of the expected 1500 local and international delegates have confirmed to attend the second edition running from August 1 through 5 this year.

Comprising four Government ministries and eight corporates, clinching the leading sponsor spot this year happens to be the world body for child protection and education, UNICEF.

Standing with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) is the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives, and Ministry of Information, Communications & Technology, who are coming in as strategic partners.

Coming hot on the heels are agencies such as Equity Bank and the Embassy of Israel who are both holding the Silver sponsor spot.

Kenya Commercial Bank, I Choose Life, Konza Tecnocity, University of Nairobi Alumni Association and National Bank are boasting as Bronze sponsors.

Other partners in the making include Intel, Oracle, IBM, the Kenya Intellectual Property Institute(KIPI), among others.

Incidentally, hardly has the dust for clamouring among corporates to sponsor the Innovation Week settled than the Organising 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 30 invited speakers at the Innovation Week 2016is 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 slated to play 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.