Student innovators have been challenged not to relent in identifying gaps in the society but to redouble their efforts in coming up with great innovations whether business-oriented, technological or agricultural and seeking appropriate solutions geared towards addressing the identified needs while at the same time achieving global recognition.
This message was delivered in a speech read by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Research, Production and Extension (RPE) Prof. Esther Kahangi on behalf of the Vice Chancellor Prof Mabel Imbuga during the “Tech Expo Winners Award Ceremony” held at the University’s Juja Main Campus, Tuesday April 30, 2013.
Addressing winners who participated and emerged tops in various categories during the 2012 Edition of JKUAT Tech Expo Exhibition whose theme was:“Harnessing Technology and Innovations to Attain Industrialization, Sustainable Economic Growth and Food Security,”Prof. Kahangi said, beside awarding “JKUAT brains with a token of appreciation, my passionate appeal to you is to sustain this creativity by coming up with first class innovations while aware of the fact that innovations are at the core of the realization of Vision 2030”.
The scholar also reaffirmed the University’s commitment in advocating for the “enhanced participation of ladies in fields that have traditionally been largely male dominated including innovation” adding that she was deeply encouraged by the fact that “during last year’s Tech Expo, about 18 ladies participated, a number which was indeed much higher than the number of ladies who participated in the previous year’s Tech Expo. This trend is very heartening.”
She therefore urged more female students at JKUAT to continue engaging in such endeavors so as to scale upwards the number of projects submitted for Tech Expo be at par with their male counterparts.
During the ceremony, Director of Extension and Technology Transfer, Dr. David Kagima reaffirmed the commitment of RPE Division to support and market the students’ innovations and further urged all the winners to work even harder in their areas of innovation.
Dr. Peter Kihato, speaking on behalf of the Tech Expo Panel of Judges commended the Tech Expo winners for coming up with great innovations and further urged them to aim even higher.
The climax of the ceremony that brought together a galaxy of JKUAT’s young innovators was the award of certificates and cash prizes to the winners in four categories namely; Agriculture, Embedded Systems, Engineering, and Software Design.
Each innovator who emerged tops in each of the categories took home cash prize money worth Ksh. 100,000 while the second placed innovators bagged Ksh.50, 000 and those who were in position three each pocketed Ksh.30, 000 respectively.
The judges who presided over the competition were also recognized for their contribution in entrenching and enhancing the culture of innovation at the university.
The Tech Expo is an annual event organized by JKUAT as a platform for University students in Kenya to showcase their creativity through inventions developed in the course of their studies, and it has become instrumental in providing students with the skills aimed at supporting them to accomplish tasks beyond their classroom scores.