The Zetech University students and faculty celebrated innovation and the impact of technology in the varsity’s 2016 Innovation Day, organised by the Research and Extensions department. The theme for this year’s edition was “Scaling Innovations beyond ideas”.
The interactive session kicked off with a refreshing sit down session with experts in the area of IT and business, who spoke to hundreds of students on the opportunities for innovative start ups and rallied them to birth ideas that can not only generate income but solve a problem in the world.
John Paul, Co-Founder of Msajili Mobile and former Community Manager at iHub, called on the participants to come together and create businesses, especially in IT, as opportunities in the sector abound, in the country and beyond.
“This is the time to stand up and be counted; I am glad that such initiatives are being undertaken at universities and industry players invited to come and tell you that it is possible to excel in the market,” John said, adding, “I urge all of you to come up with compelling ideas and engage with mentors to realise your dreams.”
Echoing the IT expert’s sentiments, Brain Nyagol, CEO of VIbeCampo challenged the trainees to build winning start ups that cover different areas in life and that completely solve problems. “These days, people put up start ups but fail to ensure that the innovation exhausts all elements of customers’ needs, this is the gap that we are facing today and we need to be different.”
During the session, engineering students Eveln Nyambura and Kilian Muraguri used the opportunity to present their innovation on an automatic mower that does not require supervision. They thrilled the guests, including Varsity Chairman Eng. Ken Mbiuki, Head of Communications and Student Affairs Moses Maina and Ag. Head of Research Esther Mwangi, on the product detailing how the mower functions and makes work easier.
On his part, the Chairman Eng. Mbiuki encouraged the students to start businesses at an early age as building a foundation takes a number of years and demands patience and commitment. Relaying the story of Zetech which started 16 years ago as an IT Centre, his session served to motivate the learners to believe in themselves and work hard to achieve their goals.
Towards the close of the stimulating innovation event, students and lecturers interacted on ideas for growth and enjoyed one on one sessions with the day’s guests. Indeed, as a leading institution in IT and engineering, the 2016 innovation fair is a testament of the university’s commitment to produce holistic graduates who can make a different through technology and innovation.