JKUAT Industrial Park was among the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) organisations that participated in the Annual Connected Summit 2018 to deliberate on the use of Technology to attain the government’s four pillars of development. The summit held October 22-23, 2018 created a unique opportunity for government, private sector, academia and investors to ponder on how ICT could be a catalyst of service delivery to citizens and attain a knowledge based economy hence improve livelihoods.
During the official opening of the Summit, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT, Mr. Joe Mucheru said that in keeping with the 2018 theme, Preserving our Heritage, Pioneering Technology, the government was implementing key transformative projects envisioned to revolutionise service delivery to every citizen.
“As a Government, we are committed to empower ICT start-up companies and our solution for this is the Huduma whitebox, an initiative that provides a platform through which innovators can present their ideas and innovations for incubation,” said Mr. Mucheru.
The initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of ICT and the ICT Authority, is geared towards catalyzing the successful growth of local ventures to global, world-class status.
As Connected Summit 2018 marked a decade of existence, the Cabinet Secretary said he was optimistic that the discussion and ideas shared during the three-day meet will give birth to solutions that will see the ICT sector drive the attainment of the Big 4 Agenda and stamp Kenya’s position as the region’s knowledge based economy.
Director JKUAT Industrial Park, Dr. Kibet Langat said the summit provided the University and the Park with an opportunity to participate in the discussion of ICT integration, especially in education sector and ensure that JKUAT stays abreast with the country’s ICT current policy framework direction in manufacturing, food security, universal healthcare and affordable housing.
Since inception, JKUAT Industrial Park has endeavoured to facilitate the transformation of knowledge based innovations and research findings into sustainable enterprises through an incubation process. So far the park has incubated a number of companies and innovations including AgriQ & Automations Start-up Company, GoIP Kenya that offers Voice over IP solutions for single-site and multi-site businesses, Safi Energy, Taifa Laptop and Shujaa tractor.
The Park also through the implementation of the Digital Learning Programme (DLP) were instrumental in the capacity building of 63 ICT Small Medium Enterprises in 21 counties in the country. The SMEs augmented the smooth installation and implementation of the DLP. According to Dr. Kibet, the park stimulates and manages the flow of knowledge and technology amongst academia, R&D institutions, companies and markets providing technological solutions to spur socio-economic growth.