SwahiliPot to host Pwani Innovation Week end of March

Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa is preparing to host the second edition of the Pwani Innovation Week scheduled for March 28-31.

The Innovation Week, spearheaded by SwahiliPot Hub Foundation, seeks to promote innovation and technology in the coastal region. The event brings together innovators, financiers, researchers, policymakers, corporations, and other stakeholders, keen to pursue novel ideas and deliberate on new trends in technology

The event, whose theme is ‘Leveraging on Covid-19 opportunities to create a better future,’ will focus on innovative ways of working that have emerged thanks to the disruptive effects of the pandemic.

Mahmoud Noor, the Swahilipot Hub founder, said the innovation week gives innovators in coast to a golden opportunity to show the world what they have on offer.

‘‘Most of the time we have been hearing negative stories from the Coast but this time, we need to hear positive stories from innovators,” Mr Noor noted, adding that the the innovation week “will present that platform. We will also connect innovators with investors and government.’’

Mr Noor said the event   ‘‘will also act as an infiltration session since we shall have bootcamps and master classes together with hackathons to build that collaborative network because once you provide linkages, most innovators will unlock their potential.’’ 

ICT chief administrative secretary Nadia Abdala said the platform will offer an opportunity to discuss how innovations can be adopted in providing solutions to some of the country’s pressing challenges such as rising unemployment among the youth.

‘‘It will be an environment where we want to promote tech and innovation,’’ she stated.

To make the event a success, SwahiliPot has  partnered with Mombasa County, Safaricom, Cisco, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mombasa Chapter, Huawei, Cellulant, the Ministry of ICT, National Museums of Kenya and the British High Commission among others.

East African Community principal secretary Kevit Desai said robotics, machine learning, artificial Intelligence are some of the cutting-edge technologies that will define various aspects of life and would revolutionise the way things are done. Swahilipot Hub, he said, is well-placed to play a prominent role in shaping the future.   

‘’Platforms like the Pwani Innovation Week will not just disrupt our thinking but also shape young people’s future for be better,’’ he noted.

Communications Authority Director-General Ezra Chiloba said the world should now focus on smart solutions for “the bottom of the bottom within our social economic set-up”.

Pwani Innovation Week, he noted provides “an opportunity to add value to these conversations”.”

The first Pwani Innovation Week one was held between December 3 and 6, 2019, followed by the Blue Hackathon on December 8 and 9.

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