Close to 100 students drawn from over ten universities in the country are at JKUAT for a two day exhibition galore organized by the university to allow university students to demonstrate their creativity by showcasing inventions that they have developed in the course of their studies. Dubbed Tech Expo, the event now in its third year of implementation has particularly become instrumental in providing students with the much needed skills aimed at supporting them to accomplish tasks beyond their classroom scores.
Speaking at the University during the official opening ceremony, Thursday November 1, 2012, Eng. Michael Kamau, the Roads Ministry Permanent Secretary commended JKUAT for initiating the forum that he said was not only important in promoting creativity among students but was also instituting a useful avenue for university students to link with industry.
The Permanent Secretary warned it was impossible for Kenya to meet its development targets unless the country’s youth were provided with the necessary ‘skills, competencies and attitudes ’. “Actualization of such events as this one is therefore a clear indication that JKUAT understands what needs to be done and is indeed doing the needful” he added.
Stressing the importance of the event, Eng. Kamau called on the exhibiting students to be committed in the enterprise of innovating which he said had numerous potential benefits. He cited one of JKUAT alumni, Imani Manyara who showcased his innovation in last year’s Tech Expo in the area of ICT ‘which would later land him a job with the social media powerhouse, Twitter Inc’. He reminded students life presented very few opportunities telling them to consider ‘, this event as one such opportunity’
In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga noted the initiation of Tech Expo had firmly established a culture of innovation among its students, saying a number of students adventures had led to the discovery of memorable inventions mainly in the ICT sector. The Vice Chancellor named two such innovations pioneered by JKUAT students – Spender and Mshambahelp, the former is application software that uses a mobile phone to show how one is spending mobile money while the latter she said was an application designed to help farmers access a wide range of agricultural information at the touch of a mobile phone button. Up to 41 innovations under Software design, embedded systems, engineering and Agricultural categories are on display.