The Central Rift Innovation Week, in a celebration of innovation and forward-thinking, was officially inaugurated this morning at the Kabarak University Auditorium. The event, which promises a week filled with creativity and groundbreaking ideas, was officially opened by the esteemed Vice-Chancellor, Professor Henry Kiplangat. This marks a significant milestone in the university's commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship among its students and beyond.
Adding prestige and insight to the occasion was the guest speaker, Dr. Tonny K. Omwansa, CEO of the Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA). Although Dr. Omwansa was unable to attend in person, he sent a representative, Ms. Agnes Tsuma, Manager of Innovation Commercialization, to grace the event. Prior to her arrival at the auditorium, Ms. Tsuma paid a courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor's boardroom. During her visit, she took a moment to express her admiration for Kabarak University, noting it as the first and only university to host an Innovation Week that attracts both internal and external innovators. She underscored the university's immense influence and respect within the innovation community, drawing participants not only from Nairobi and Konza but from all corners of the nation.
The Vice-Chancellor, visibly impressed by Ms. Tsuma's comments, couldn't contain his excitement. He proudly declared, "What you see is what we do." Highlighting the university's commitment to practical innovation and its role as a beacon of progress in the region.
Following the Vice-Chancellor's inspiring opening remarks, it was time for the much-anticipated keynote address by Ms. Agnes Tsuma, representing Dr. Tonny K. Omwansa, the KeNIA CEO. The address emphasized the critical role that innovation plays in the socio-economic development of Kenya. She commended Kabarak University for its dedication to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, citing its Central Rift Innovation Week as a shining example of the commitment to nurturing talent and fostering a culture of innovation.
The Central Rift Innovation Week is poised to be a week-long extravaganza, featuring a plethora of events, seminars, workshops, and networking opportunities. It serves as a platform for students, faculty, and industry experts to exchange ideas, collaborate on projects, and explore innovative solutions to some of the nation's most pressing challenges. The event has drawn participants and innovators from across Kenya, making it a truly national celebration of ingenuity and creativity.
Throughout the week, attendees can expect to witness innovative projects, groundbreaking research, and engaging discussions on a wide range of topics, from technology and business to healthcare and sustainability. With such a diverse and dynamic program, the Central Rift Innovation Week promises to be an enriching experience for all involved.
As the event continues to unfold, it is clear that Kabarak University's commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship is unwavering. The university's dedication to nurturing talent and fostering a culture of innovation is not only commendable but also vital for the growth and development of Kenya as a whole. With each passing day of the Central Rift Innovation Week, we can look forward to more groundbreaking ideas, inspiring collaborations, and the advancement of Kenya's innovation ecosystem.
So, stay tuned for an exciting week ahead as Kabarak University takes the lead in shaping the future of innovation in Kenya and beyond.