Sote Hub staged another great innovation fair bringing 26 high schools and technical colleges from Kwale and Taita Taveta in a competitive battle for the most innovative startups. Ideas and prototypes ranged from smart agriculture, irrigation technologies, road safety, job platforms for young people, e-commerce, food and beverage, solar energy, wildlife conservation, disaster management, maternal health and much more.
Hon. Daniel Makoko, the C.E.C Education representing Taita Taveta Governor H.E Granton Samboja reassured the Governor’s commitment toward strengthening partnerships and supporting Sote Hub to impact more young people in and out of school.
Mr. Joel Mungai from LIQUID Telecom, Africa’s largest cable network company, and an IOT enthusiast, in his remarks commended the entire program urging the young innovators to keep the focus on finding solutions to solve some of the key African problems. “Africa’s needs will be solved African solutions.’’ He quipped.
“WHAT NEXT?” and while recounting some of the commendable works exhibited, David Ogiga Sote Hub Director expressed the vision of actualizing these ideas into real businesses and companies.
“Collectively we shall re-asses the viability of these projects, work with key enablers and adopt them into an acceleration program and support the founders commercialize them” He remarked.
VSO Kenya as co-host was represented by Ms. Hellen Onyango, Youth and Livelihoods Programme Manager and over 20 volunteers who worked hard to make the event a success. Also present were Kenya Commercial Bank Mr. Rigan Otieno and Mr. Benson Gakara from CAPYEI (GIZ) Taita Taveta.
The top honors went to;
- Ukulima Digitech- Sends SMS notification to farmer when soil moisture is low and automates irrigation.
- We Safe– A device that relays early warning signs before natural disasters strikes hence allows for preventive actions for example in the case of Solai Dam.
- Okoa Rhino– Microchip with systems integration that relays real time location of rhinos in the conservation areas. This is in an effort to save the endangered species from poachers. Kenya remains with less than 750 black rhinos in the wild today.
The judges were John Paul, former community manager at iHub, Margaret Onden’g, Kenyan Coordinator, Startup Africa and Meru Hub Founder, Kendi Gikunda.