Pwani Innovation Week: Stimulating the Digital Economy in Kenya’s coastal region

In an effort to foster innovation and create sustainable solutions in the Coast, Swahilipot Hub and Partners to host the Pwani Innovation Week on December 3 -6, 2019

Mombasa, Kenya (November 6, 2019); Leading Coast-based innovation hub, Swahilipot, will host the 2nd Pwani Innovation Week scheduled for December 3-6th, 2019; followed by the Blue Hackathon on 8 and 9 December. The event, being the largest innovation event of the year taking place along the coastal strip, is a consolidated effort by the Hub and its partners to help create a widespread culture of innovation in the coastal region. The Hub, through the event, also intends to enhance the development of innovative ideas and capabilities. “This year we will take and be present in all the six coastal counties, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Mombasa, and Taita Taveta. With our partners, we have committed to providing much sort skills to youths and residents, who ordinarily would never have access to the resource people we have assembled from around the country and globally, said Swahili Pot Hub Board Chairman Mahmoud Noor.

Themed on the Digital Economy on the realization that technology has disrupted almost every single aspect of our lives, the event targets emerging technologies that are changing the way we engage, work and do business. In addition, the event will also see the unique collaboration of Pwani Innovation Week with the Blue Hackathon, leading up to the Jumuiya Agriculture and the Blue Economy Investment Conference (JABEIC). This critical partnership will ensure discussions on policy implications through to investment opportunities are addressed at the event.

Noor further stated that “Activities are being rolled out across all the counties of the Coast with varying events and programs, to cater to a wide range of demographics and interests. At our main venue and the week, we will feature Hack-a-thons, training, and workshops; keynote speakers from industry and thought leaders, and boot camps, and our famed Pwani Gat Talent too.”
Coming on board to partner with Swahilipot for this event include diverse partners, namely Cellulant, Seacom, Huawei, Cisco, Liquid Telecom; and government and non-government agencies such as the ICT

authority, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, National Museum of Kenya, Kenya Red Cross Society, International Center for Humanitarian Affairs, Jumuiya, Konza Technology, Mombasa
County, Thunderbird Business School, Innovus, Sera Africa and the British High Commission in Nairobi, through various British agencies.
Details of the event are available on the Pwani Innovation Week website: www.pwaniinnovationweek.co.ke

About Pwani Innovation Week
Pwani Innovation Week is a consolidated effort by Swahilipot Hub, and its partners to help create a widespread culture of innovation in the coastal counties of Kenya – Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River, Taita Taveta.
Scheduled for December 3 – 6, 2019 in Mombasa at the Swahilipot Hub, the event is aimed at stimulating the Innovation ecosystem in the Pwani region.
Details of the event are available on the Pwani Innovation Week website: www.pwaniinnovationweek.co.ke

Swahilipot Hub
Swahilipot hub is a modern community-based innovative-creative hub that focuses on inspiring and helping communities thrive. It brings together changemakers, technologists, artists of all caliber, technologists, entrepreneurs, developers, designers, investors, and donors; providing them an opportunity to share knowledge, learn, find mentors and expound on ideas that will lead to the development of sustainable growth in Kenya and globally at large.
To learn more about Swahilipot Hub, visit www.swahilipothub.co.ke

Cellulant is a leading Pan-African financial technology company that organizes Africa’s marketplaces by connecting buyers, sellers and other critical stakeholders with an underlying payment solution that enables them to make and receive payments. Cellulant provides a single digital payment solution, Tingg-  a digital commerce and financial services platform runs an ecosystem of consumers, retailers, merchants, banks, mobile network operators, Governments and International Development Partners. Today, Tingg hosts 120 of the largest banks in Africa, 40 mobile money operators, 600 local and international merchants; and is connected to 220M consumers across 34 countries.

For more information, visit www.cellulant.com

Today SEACOM is the preferred partner for African businesses, network carriers, and service providers. SEACOM launched Africa’s first broadband submarine cable system along the continent’s eastern and Southern coasts in 2009. Through its ownership of Africa’s most extensive ICT data infrastructure – including multiple subsea cables and a resilient, continent-wide IP-MPLS network – SEACOM provides a full suite of flexible, scalable and high-quality communications and cloud solutions that enable the growth of the continent’s economy.

Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. We have nearly 194,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.
Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions, and services is both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes. At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward.

Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in San Jose, California, in the center of Silicon Valley. Cisco develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment, and other high-technology services and products.

Liquid Telecom
Liquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. It supplies fiber optic, satellite, and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs and businesses of all sizes. It also provides payment solutions to financial institutions and retailers, as well as award-winning data storage and communication solutions to businesses across Africa and beyond.

ICT Authority
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Authority is a State Corporation under the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology. The corporation was established in August 2013. The Authority is tasked with rationalizing and streamlining the management of all Government of Kenya ICT functions. Our broad mandate entails enforcing ICT standards in Government and enhancing the supervision of its electronic communication. We also promote ICT literacy, capacity, innovation and enterprise in line with the Kenya National ICT Masterplan 2017.

Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology
The Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) have responsibility for formulating, administering, managing and developing the Information, Broadcasting and Communication policy. In May 2016, through an Executive Order No. 1/2016, the Ministry was split into two state Departments.
The State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications and The State Department of ICT and Innovation.
The mandate of the Ministry as derived from Presidential Executive Order No.1/2016 of May 2016 comprises the formulation of policies and laws that regulate standards and services in the Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) sector, Telecommunications, and the Media industry. It is also charged with the responsibility of developing and administering  ICT standards, building capacity of mass media and ICT, and the dissemination of public information through the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

National Museum of Kenya,
National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is a state corporation established by an Act of Parliament, the Museums and Heritage Act 2006. NMK is a multi-disciplinary institution whose role is to collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage. This is for the purposes of enhancing knowledge, appreciation, respect and sustainable utilization of these resources for the benefit of Kenya and the world, for now, and posterity. NMK’s mutual concern for the welfare of mankind and the conservation of the biological diversity of the East African region and that of the entire planet demands success in such efforts.
In addition, NMK manages many Regional Museums, Sites, and Monuments of national and international importance alongside priceless collections of Kenya’s living cultural and natural heritage. As an institution that must respond to the growing needs of the society, NMK is striving to contribute in a unique way to the task of national development.

Kenya Red Cross Society
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was established on 21 December 1965 through the Kenya Red Cross Society Act. (Chapter 256 Laws of Kenya). Its Constitution is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 to which Kenya is a signatory.
The National Society was officially recognized by the Government in the Kenya Red Cross Society Act (Chapter 256 Laws of Kenya) as a voluntary aid Society auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field and as the only National Red Cross Society that carries out its activities in the Kenyan territory.
Over the years, KRCS has remained the leading humanitarian agency and the strongest humanitarian brand in Kenya, the East Africa region and Africa. This is evident with the level of expectation and confidence that the communities in Kenya have bestowed on the Society. At the national level, operations are spearheaded by a management team led by the Secretary-General while at the county level, KRCS is governed by boards and administratively managed by a Regional Manager.

International Center for Humanitarian Affairs
The International Center for Humanitarian Affairs’ core mission is to contribute extensive knowledge that will help alleviate human suffering through building safe, resilient and sustainable communities. Its main activities are:
⦁ Research, evidence & knowledge generation
⦁ Knowledge management
⦁ Data collection, analysis & use
⦁ Evidence-based public policy advocacy
⦁ Tailored made training & capacity development
⦁ Co-designing innovative solutions with
More information on: http://www.icha.net/new/

Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP)
JKP aspires to be a social Innovation partnership network focused on enabling the Workforce and the MSMEs. The vision is aimed at changing the story of the Coast region by transforming the region into a high middle-income regional population with a special focus on the youth and women through employment and wealth creation. This is through the creation of a workforce and an MSME incubator that seeks to create employment and wealth and the identification and creation of Regional Flagship Projects phased for high impact delivery. This shall be anchored by A PPP special purpose vehicle to catalyze social impact investments.

Konza Technology
Konza Technopolis, previously called Konza Technology City, is a large technology hub planned by the Government of Kenya to be built 64 km south of Nairobi on the way to the port city of Mombasa. It is marketed as a key driver of Kenya’s national development plan, known as Kenya Vision 2030

Mombasa County
Mombasa County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya. Its capital and the only city in the county is Mombasa. Initially, it was one of the former districts of Kenya but in 2013 it was reconstituted as a county, on the same boundaries. It is the smallest county in Kenya, covering an area of 229.7 km2 excluding 65 km2 of water mass. The county is situated in the southeastern part of the former Coast Province. It borders Kilifi County to the north, Kwale County to the southwest and the Indian Ocean to the east. Administratively, the county is divided into seven divisions, eighteen locations, and thirty sub-locations.

Thunderbird Business School
Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University is a global management school in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1946 as an independent, private institution, it was acquired by Arizona State University in 2014.

Innovus is founded and led by a team of networked experts with strategic insight and industry-gained experience in business and technology including financial management, ICT risk, and strategy, business strategy planning, and execution.
Our areas of expertise also include tax advisory and compliance, business development and marketing, customer relationship management, business startups, and turnarounds, corporate training and business thought leadership.

British High Commission in Nairobi
The British High Commission in Nairobi is the diplomatic mission of the United Kingdom in Nairobi. It is located in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi. The current British High Commissioner to Kenya is Jane Marriott, appointed in September 2019.
Kenya was a colony of the United Kingdom, therefore diplomatic relations were established with the creation of the Kenya Colony in 1920. The United Kingdom was represented in Kenya by a governor. Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963, with both countries establishing high commissions as fellow members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Press Contact
Contact: Shufaa Ali
Phone: +254 731 347 434
Email: pr@pwaniinnovationweek.co.ke

For more information about Pwani Innovation Week, startups, exhibitions, sessions, training, application for speakers and registration to attend, check out, pwaniinnovationweek.co.ke or email info@pwaniinnovationweek.co.ke

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