Yesterday the 13th of July Sote Hub in partnership with EWPN, VSO, and Base Titanium hosted the 5th Innovation fair at the Coast Institute of Technology. This year’s theme was #innovation4change and it attracted over 100 applications from across the country. After a rigorous and intense process of sorting and elimination of various projects, 35 projects made it into the fair to showcase their brilliance and innovations. For the very first time a school from West Pokot county graced the event.
The day was action packed with various stakeholders making it to Taita Taveta County to see the brilliance of our young and upcoming generations. With a morning full of exhibition the guests and students were able to see, various projects both new innovations and improved innovations that have been seen before. Guests had the pleasure of visiting the stands and learning about the various inventions, from the waterphone to the ukulima digitech, ROBPA to Pyrolysis, tidal energy to BLINK, niunganishhe to SKIA. The projects showcased absolute brilliance and dedication that was put to them as the students explained why they came up with their projects and their motivation behind them.
In the afternoon the students assembled at the CIT auditorium for the awards ceremony which kicked off at around 2: 30 pm with Mr. Teddy welcoming all the guests and a word of prayer from the Bishop which was followed with the introduction of principals by Mr. Crispin. The MCs of the day were Mr. Job and Mr. Gift who are both affiliated to the hub by their various start-ups.
Present in the event were CECM Education, Dr. Mwangemi, CECM youth sports, trade and culture, Mr. Bigvai Mwailemi, Base Titanium rep Mr. Juma Lumumbah, Director Sote hub David Ogiga, VSO representatives Mr. James Ndungu and Miss Joyce Peshu and other various stakeholders.
The Event was graced by former IRB superstar Mr. Humphrey Kayange.
After the introduction of the principals the Director Sote hub took to the podium to recognize members and partners who had enabled the success of the event. He gave a special thanks to the ICS-VSO team who had helped in the organization of the venue and in the preparation.
The presentations were up next with three projects chosen to showcase what they had brought to the fair. First up were the St Thomas girls secondary school Kilifi taking the podium with their waste to gold project which basically was the use of sea water or salty water to reduce the cost of welding while at the same time creating employment for the youths as the gadget is quite cheap. Next on stage was the advanced physics teaching kit from the same school who explained that their motivation was the fact that they wanted to help fellow students pass in physics as it is considered a difficult subject. The last group to present their project was Ukulima Digitech project who explained their project and how it will help farmers and reduce lack of food in the country.
After the presentations we were ushered to the speeches with Mr. Juma Lumumbah taking the podium first, he expressed his amazement at the Timbila Boys School project, the multisided excavator. He explained the wonder of seeing this young minds come up with things that would save the world and future generations. He promised to visit the Timbila team and see how to help them with their project. He also congratulated the Sote hub team for the work they had done in ensuring the fair was a success. “I hope that this will not be the end of these great projects, there is work to be done and the students should keep working on their projects, good work,” he proclaimed.
James Ndungu of VSO Kenya took the podium next and explained to the audience on how he felt privileged to be at the fair. He congratulated the exhibitors and expressed the wish of the VSO organization to work with the best start-ups.
Humphrey Kayange was up next where he expressed his happiness at being at the fair. He explained to the audience that as much as he was a great player science is something he loves hence the reason why he was present at the fair. He also extended an invitation to the students to his foundation Good Kenya foundation which he runs in Nairobi.
CEC Dr. Mwangemi was next on stage where he encouraged the students on the work they were doing and told them to keep up with the good work. He expressed his happiness at seeing young minds come up with idea that are meant to help save on costs and create employment for the unemployed. He said the county government is pushing for more funds to go to the hub to support the innovation fair organized. “What is easy for you is not easy for everyone so keep doing what you have to,” he explained.
CEC Bigvai took to the podium next as he congratulated all the teams that made it to the fair” Usidharau unachofanya. Every small idea now is a big idea in the future, “he said. He also encouraged the students to work hard whether they win or not and told them to consider themselves winners. He extended his invitation to the students to attend the International Youth Day on 13th August here in Taita Taveta County.
Next the judges were introduced and they gave pieces of advice to the students on their presentations and the kind of projects that they had. They encouraged the students to create projects that were market viable and that would help the community as themselves.
Next the winners were announced and here are the three categories and their winners.
Winners- UNU bank, Mwangea Secondary School
1st runners up- Okoa Rhino, Mwakitawa Girls
2nd Runners up- SKIA App, Mwasere Girls
Best in Market Viability
Winners- Advanced Physics Teaching Kit, St Thomas Girls Kilifi
1st runners up- Secured Mobile Transaction System, PJ Mwangoa Sec school Wundanyi
2nd Runners up- Ukulima Digitech
Best innovative idea
Winners- Waste to Gold, St Thomas Girls Kilifi
1st runners up- Pyrolisis, Chala Secondary School
2nd runners up- Tidal energy, St Thomas Girls Kilifi
After the awarding VSO Kenya promised to work with top in market viability and the best innovative idea. The ceremony was closed with a word of prayer and a photo session.
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