The annual Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Technology Exhibition (Tech expo) is back, bigger and better. Set for November 3-4, 2016, the exhibition (expo) is now on its seventh year since its launch in 2010, an initiative by the exhibition chairman Calvin Kebati. The event continues to feature projects from students in all fields of study. Categories for submissions usually include: Renewable Energy, Education, Agriculture, Water Management, Food Security, Security, Financial Inclusion, Construction, Waste Management, Transport and, Social and Communication.
The event has an open door policy where students from any university in any part of the country can apply to present their projects. With plans to reach out even further into the East African region, the trade fair is bound to become even bigger and greater, reaching as many ingenious minds as possible!
Most importantly, it seeks to connect key industry players with the students. This is why the JKUAT tech expo has over years partnered with both big corporations and start-up companies for the event ranging from Google, Mozilla, GE(General Electric), Intel, Safaricom, PZ Cussons Kenya, Coca-Cola, P&G and Andela to the government through the ICT board of Kenya, OLX and many others. Through this, students therefore have the opportunity and platform to unveil to relevant industry bigwigs in Kenya and the world at large, their solutions to the various problems ailing the communities around them. Moreover, through the training programs offered by the EXPO committee, they are also equipped on how to go about in the implementation stages of their projects, from patenting to getting financial sponsors.
During the first day students participate in showcasing of their projects to interested partners, judges and to other students in open exhibitions at the JKUAT Pavilion Grounds. The second day usually consist of panel discussions by the different partners and all is culminated in the award ceremony at the end which sees cash rewards awarded to the top three projects and winners in other categories such as best social media presence.
Last year, the expo 6.0 had over a hundred project submissions from across the country with just 30 that made the cut to the exhibition. The bar was set even higher with projects such as the development of miraa beverages project which clinched the first prize, an innovative project unlike any other in the world.
Currently, submissions and sign-ups for sponsors are underway. If you have a project you would wish to showcase or you would wish to sponsor the event, please go to www.jkuattechexpo.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.