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DATA INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE, 2024

"Stimulating Creativity, Problem-Solving, And the Generation of Novel Ideas Using Data"

Background

Traditionally, data wasn't seen as a key resource for innovation and business development for a few reasons: (i) there was limited availability and accessibility of data, (ii) the lack of data analysis tools and expertise necessary to extract meaningful insights from raw data, (iii) a focus on tangible resources like land, labor, and capital as the primary drivers of innovation and growth; and (iv) the practice of short-term decision making over long-term strategic planning.

However, the rise of big data, affordable data storage, and powerful analytics tools has now revolutionized how businesses view data. Companies are now recognizing data as a strategic asset that can be used to identify customer needs and preferences, develop targeted marketing campaigns, optimize product development, improve operational efficiency, manage risks, and make data-driven decisions for future growth.

Data Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Data is now a fundamental resource for business success and this is aptly captured in two key emerging concepts;

Data Innovation

Data Innovation

A broad term encompassing the creative and impactful use of data to generate new insights, products, services, and solutions. It involves harnessing the potential of data beyond traditional analysis, often by leveraging various technologies and approaches.

Data Entrepreneurship

Data Entrepreneurship

An emerging and exciting field at the intersection of data science and entrepreneurship. It encompasses individuals and ventures that leverage data-driven insights and technologies to create innovative products, services, and solutions that address current market needs / opportunities.

The purpose of this innovation challenge is to stimulate creativity, problem-solving, and the generation of novel ideas using data.

Learn about Data Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Topics: innovation, data science, data governance, data protection, design thinking, Innovation life cycle, data science process

Develop a data-driven solution to a real world problem

Challenges: Agriculture and Food Security, Health and Well-Being, Education, Culture and the Arts, Business and Commerce, Energy, Climate and Environment, Democracy and Governance

Craft a clear, concise road-map for your business

Focus Areas: Lean Business Canvas Model, Monetizing, Financing,

Launch your data driven startup

Focus Areas: IP Registration, Business registration, Pitching, Tax and Compliance, and Business Registration

Grow a sustainable, data driven business

Focus Areas: incubation, mentorship, coaching, and marketing

The Challenges

  1. Agriculture and Food Security - Precision agriculture, weather pattern prediction, improving market access and approaches for climate change adaptation. Improving food security by optimizing production, predicting prices, improving distribution, reducing waste, and providing dietary information.
  2. Health and Well-Being - Chronic disease management, personalized medicine and interventions, epidemic detection, prevention and control, mental healthcare, drug discovery and development, disease pattern identification and interventions, identification of at-risk individuals, promoting healthy habits, and building stronger communities.
  3. Education, Culture, and the Arts - Informing personalized, early, and targeted interventions for learners, improving teacher effectiveness, enhancing assessment processes,preserving cultural heritage, combating stereotypes, promoting intercultural understanding, generating audience insights, preserving and authenticating art, and creating interactive art experiences.
  4. Business and Commerce - Customer insights and targeting, operational efficiency and cost reduction, product development, supply chain management, risk management, marketing, optimizing prices and promotions, inventory management, demand forecasting, fraud detection, personalization, and customer experience.
  5. Energy, Climate, and Environment - Optimizing grid management, reducing energy waste, tracking emissions, environment monitoring, pollution monitoring and source identification, habitat monitoring and species tracking, forestry and water resource management, and environmental impact monitoring.
  6. Democracy and Governance - Public participation, voting, transparency, campaign monitoring, open data initiatives, public service delivery monitoring, data driven policy making, predictive analytics, citizen service delivery, performance measurement, tackling misinformation and disinformation.

 

Eligibility

The challenge is open to students and faculty in all Universities, TVETS and other middle level colleges in Kenya.

Challenge Registration

  • The team can consist of a minimum of 3 and up to a maximum of 5 members.
  • The team members must be composed as follows: at least one member from a computing-related discipline (1); at least one member from a computer-related discipline (1); and at least one member from any other domain, e.g education, law, agriculture, health, music, etc
  • Each member of the team is required to register and pay KES 1,000 for participation.
  • The registration deadline is June 7th, 2024.
  • The costs for participation in CRIW 2024 will be determined and communicated in due course.

 

LIPA NA MPESA

PAYBILL No. 866388

Account Number: Name_ID-NUmber / Student Registration Number
Account Name: Kabarak University Half Marathon

Challenge Judging

Aspect

Details

Judging

Team Composition

A multi-disciplinary team of between 3 - 5 members is expected.

Submit a 1-page description of each team member’s background and contribution to the project for assessment and scoring.

Solution Development

The team must demonstrate the development process from ideation to prototype.

Submit a 3-page document for assessment and scoring.

Data Management

The team needs to document the data collection, protection, and security measures taken for the solution.

Submit a 2-page document for assessment and scoring.

Intellectual Property

All solutions to be pitched must have IP registration. Participants must include their institutions as part of the IP owners.

Submit the certificate of registration before pitching in CRIW 2024

Branding

The team should develop a logo and a roll-up banner for the exhibition. A website and other branded materials will be an added advantage.

Assessors will visit the exhibition area to assess and score the branding

Compliance

Business registration and tax compliance are both advised and optional.

These will be submitted before pitching for assessment and scoring for bonus marks in CRIW 2024

Recognition and Awards

  1. Certificate of participation
  2. Solution Incubation
  3. Support to attend KIW 2024

Schedule

Date

Topic

Mode

1st June

Design Thinking

Hybrid

8th June

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

 

Online

Data Security and Protection

Data Governance and Ethics

The Data Innovation Life Cycle

Data-Driven Decision Making

15th June

Monetizing Data Innovations

Online

Financing Data Driven Enterprises

Tax and Compliance

Business Registration

22nd June

Intellectual Property Rights

Online

Lean Business Canvas Model

Collaboration

Team Dynamics

29th June

Pitching

Hybrid

16th - 20th Sep

Central Rift Innovation Week  2024

Innovation showcase, pitching, judging and awards

In person

25th - 29th Nov

Kenya Innovation Week  2024

Data Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit

In person

Partnership Opportunities

 

  • Sponsor innovator attendance, materials, training costs, event branding and marketing.
  • Provide cloud resources and data for the development of data innovations.
  • Share your expertise as a speaker, trainer, judge, mentor or coach.
  • Extend incubation and financial support to support data driven startups.

Challenge Participation

Dr. Andrew Kipkebut

254719499615

akipkebut@kabarak.ac.ke

innovations@kabarak.ac.ke

 

Partnership Opportunities

Dr. Michael Walekhwa

254705290520

mwalekhwa@kabarak.ac.ke

grants@kabarak.ac.ke

 

General Inquiries

Dr. Moses M Thiga

254720780468

mthiga@kabarak.ac.ke

director_research@kabarak.ac.ke

The Challenges

  1. Agriculture and Food Security - Precision agriculture, weather pattern prediction, improving market access and approaches for climate change adaptation. Improving food security by optimizing production, predicting prices, improving distribution, reducing waste, and providing dietary information.
  2. Health and Well-Being - Chronic disease management, personalized medicine and interventions, epidemic detection, prevention and control, mental healthcare, drug discovery and development, disease pattern identification and interventions, identification of at-risk individuals, promoting healthy habits, and building stronger communities.
  3. Education, Culture, and the Arts - Informing personalized, early, and targeted interventions for learners, improving teacher effectiveness, enhancing assessment processes,preserving cultural heritage, combating stereotypes, promoting intercultural understanding, generating audience insights, preserving and authenticating art, and creating interactive art experiences.
  4. Business and Commerce - Customer insights and targeting, operational efficiency and cost reduction, product development, supply chain management, risk management, marketing, optimizing prices and promotions, inventory management, demand forecasting, fraud detection, personalization, and customer experience.
  5. Energy, Climate, and Environment - Optimizing grid management, reducing energy waste, tracking emissions, environment monitoring, pollution monitoring and source identification, habitat monitoring and species tracking, forestry and water resource management, and environmental impact monitoring.
  6. Democracy and Governance - Public participation, voting, transparency, campaign monitoring, open data initiatives, public service delivery monitoring, data driven policy making, predictive analytics, citizen service delivery, performance measurement, tackling misinformation and disinformation.

 

Eligibility

The challenge is open to students and faculty in all Universities, TVETS and other middle level colleges in Kenya.

Challenge Registration

  • The team can consist of a minimum of 3 and up to a maximum of 5 members.
  • The team members must be composed as follows: at least one member from a computing-related discipline (1); at least one member from a computer-related discipline (1); and at least one member from any other domain, e.g education, law, agriculture, health, music, etc
  • Each member of the team is required to register and pay KES 1,000 for participation.
  • The registration deadline is June 7th, 2024.
  • The costs for participation in CRIW 2024 will be determined and communicated in due course.

 

LIPA NA MPESA

PAYBILL No. 866388

Account Number: Name_ID-NUmber / Student Registration Number
Account Name: Kabarak University Half Marathon

Challenge Judging

Aspect

Details

Judging

Team Composition

A multi-disciplinary team of between 3 - 5 members is expected.

Submit a 1-page description of each team member’s background and contribution to the project for assessment and scoring.

Solution Development

The team must demonstrate the development process from ideation to prototype.

Submit a 3-page document for assessment and scoring.

Data Management

The team needs to document the data collection, protection, and security measures taken for the solution.

Submit a 2-page document for assessment and scoring.

Intellectual Property

All solutions to be pitched must have IP registration. Participants must include their institutions as part of the IP owners.

Submit the certificate of registration before pitching in CRIW 2024

Branding

The team should develop a logo and a roll-up banner for the exhibition. A website and other branded materials will be an added advantage.

Assessors will visit the exhibition area to assess and score the branding

Compliance

Business registration and tax compliance are both advised and optional.

These will be submitted before pitching for assessment and scoring for bonus marks in CRIW 2024

Recognition and Awards

  1. Certificate of participation
  2. Solution Incubation
  3. Support to attend KIW 2024

Schedule

Date

Topic

Mode

1st June

Design Thinking

Hybrid

8th June

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

 

Online

Data Security and Protection

Data Governance and Ethics

The Data Innovation Life Cycle

Data-Driven Decision Making

15th June

Monetizing Data Innovations

Online

Financing Data Driven Enterprises

Tax and Compliance

Business Registration

22nd June

Intellectual Property Rights

Online

Lean Business Canvas Model

Collaboration

Team Dynamics

29th June

Pitching

Hybrid

16th - 20th Sep

Central Rift Innovation Week  2024

Innovation showcase, pitching, judging and awards

In person

25th - 29th Nov

Kenya Innovation Week  2024

Data Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit

In person

Partnership Opportunities

 

  • Sponsor innovator attendance, materials, training costs, event branding and marketing.
  • Provide cloud resources and data for the development of data innovations.
  • Share your expertise as a speaker, trainer, judge, mentor or coach.
  • Extend incubation and financial support to support data driven startups.

Challenge Participation

Dr. Andrew Kipkebut

254719499615

akipkebut@kabarak.ac.ke

innovations@kabarak.ac.ke

 

Partnership Opportunities

Dr. Michael Walekhwa

254705290520

mwalekhwa@kabarak.ac.ke

grants@kabarak.ac.ke

 

General Inquiries

Dr. Moses M Thiga

254720780468

mthiga@kabarak.ac.ke

director_research@kabarak.ac.ke

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