Kenya to host first National Innovation Conference

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Kenya will hold its first ever national innovation conference from 2nd -3rd March, 2015 at KICC, Nairobi with the theme ‘Mind the gap, Close the gap’. The forum will bring together ICT innovators, investors, development agencies, academia, multi nationals, and local entrepreneurs.

The forum will be graced by His Excellency, President of Kenya, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta. The event is in alignment with the vision 2030 development blue print that identifies ICT as being an enabler of industry and having the opportunity to create wealth and jobs for the county.

Some of the key discussion topics to be addressed n the two day forum are promoting Buy Kenya IT, build Kenya IT, Unlocking Capital, Talent development and employment, Innovation, Research and Development, growing IT exports and the place of incubation and accelerators in the innovation ecosystem.

According to ICT authority CEO Victor Kyalo the innovation forum and expo is a unique opportunity for information sharing and cooperation between the public and private sector on emerging technologies and innovations. Also In line with the National ICT Master plan the Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of ICT seeks to boost opportunities of Kenyan innovators by supporting the growth of locally developed solutions.

The event is in partnership with the Ministry of ICT, ICT authority, Konza Techno City, Safaricom, Microsoft, Huawei while the strategic advisors are Nailab, Seven Seas Technologies, KITOS, ihub, CIO, and Element blue.

For more information go to innovation.icta.go.ke

Article by Wacuka Kangethe.

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