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Sote Hub Monthly Newsletter – July 2017.

Sote ICT holds third Students Innovation Fair, July 2017

Each year, we organize and facilitate the student’s innovation fair where the student come together to showcase their product designs, marketing, sales and presentation skills. This year our Innovation fair was held on 8th July 2017 at the Coast Institute of Technology. The Chief Guest of the event was His Excellency John M. Mruttu, Governor of Taita Taveta County. Other guest were Hon. Safina Kwekwe –County Executive-Trade and Cooperative, County Government of Kwale. Also present were Jakub Simek and Ivana Ulicna from Pontis Foundation and local partners from Kenya Commercial Bank, Kwetu SACCO and Wildlife Works.

During the fair, students showcased various products ranging from handwork, banking, insurance, farming, design, IT and much more. Each stall was visited by judges and awarded marks in different categories including in best innovative stall, best marketing team, best documentation, presentations and best business idea. The judges were John Paul former Community Manager at iHub, Aly Salim, Deputy Director Swahili Box, one of our foremost partners from Mombasa and Jakub Simek from Pontis Foundation. Please sample the event’s pictures here: https://goo.gl/9f3844

Startup Meet up

Sote Hub facilitated a forum for its funded startups to share their stories, progress and experience with our partners from Nadácia Pontis. The startups include Cladica, Rogim Designs, Reafrika and Redecor. It was interesting to hear their journeys and determination for success. Good luck folks.

Sote Hub at Coast Institute of Technology 

Sote Hub team had an interactive session with the Students of Coast Institute of Technology during entrepreneurship and business innovation talk themed Igniting Passion for Innovation and Change which was organized and faciliated by Sote Hub team. During the interactive session, the students shared ways that can increase innovation and partnership with Sote hub activities. The session was facilitated by Harry Mwailengo and Christine Kambe.

High Schools Girls Developing Mobile Apps

Sote Tech Queens and Pwani Teknogalz had an outreach at Voi Girls High focusing on development of mobile apps using MIT inventor. Through this, young girls are able to develop an interest in pursuing courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and eventually join Sote Hub. Thank you Pwani Teknogalz for dropping by.

Two Astute innovators  from Sote Hub in Rwanda 

The two astute innovators Wilson Chola and Festus Mwagha from Sote Hub with their winning Smart Water Control System won a trip to Rwanda organised by DOT Kenya. The innovators emerged among the top in national competition held in Nairobi. The competition was on creating a disruptive solution that fits into social enterprise. We wish Wilson and Festus tonnes of luck as they launch their product.

Knowledge Sharing with young entrepreneurs 

David Ogiga and Robert Mburu were invited by UNDP Kenya to share with select young entrepreneurs in Taita Taveta on how to integrate ICT and useful tools for small businesses in today’s competitive markets. This workshop series organized by UNDP Kenya and The Taita Taveta County Government Biashara Centre was the first in the county under Enterprise Development Agents program.

Empowering Startups 

Jakub Simek and Adriana Petrová our partners from Nadacia Pontis facilitating a training on finance management, social innovation and the world of Crypto Currency. Thought provoking ideas on how to innovate around Bitcoin, etherum and digital currencies. Thanks guys.  

Innovation at Schools 

One of our major focus is to train our students  on income generating projects and ideas that they can turn into business after school . Murray Girls and Marungu Secondary school are a step ahead thanks to Slovak Embassy in Nairobi.  Both schools and ICT clubs manage green house projects. The schools harvest enough greens from the smart gardens to satisfy their needs. The surplus is sold and funds used to maintain the gardens. The students have better nutrition and are on their way to becoming smart agri preneurs once they graduate.Buguta Secondary School on the other hand, have an amazing bottle drip irrigation technology. We  promise to profile in our next e-newsletter.      

UNDP visits Sote Tech queens

Mr.Sam Kiminza of UNDP Kenya motivated Sote Tech Queens on life skill and challenges  affecting  young women in Kenya. At Sote ICT, we have a soft spot for the girls and we encourage more of them into technology and life transforming skills.

 Opportunities:

  1. Apply for Global Migration film  competition,  click here  https://www.iom.int/news/2017-global-migration-film-festival-call-entries
  2. Apply for Kokuyo Design Award,  click here:  http://www.kokuyo.com/en/award/
  3. Apply for Induna Ventures; click here:  http://indunaventures.com/
  4. Apply for Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund, click here:https://goo.gl/DwDQ5p

 

 Sote ICT project is a joint project of Pontis Foundation and Kasigau Wildlife Trust and has been financially supported by Slovak Aid since 2010.

To learn more about Sote Hub
www.sotehub.com
To learn more about Slovak Aid
www.slovakaid.sk
To learn about Pontis Foundation
www.pontisfoundation.sk

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