School of Science and Technology hosts the annual Hackathon and Innovation day

By Dr. Patrick Wamuyu and Winnie Nyakio

On March 6 and 7, the School of Science and Technology held its fifth annual Hackathon and Innovation day with the theme being ‘Bridging the gap between the Talent and Industry.’ The event was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Zeleza who took the opportunity to welcome everyone in attendance, and reiterated that today’s generation was the one that would invent and develop new technology for the future.

A total number of 253 students from 19 different universities were in attendance. Some of the universities present were Dedan Kimathi University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Zetech University, Muranga University, Cooperative University, University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya, KCA, The East Africa University and Strathmore University.

The event was graced by the Chief Executive Officer at Techno Brain Kenya, Mr. Manoj Shanker, Managing Director, Microsoft Africa Development Center (ADC), East Africa, Mr. Jack Ngare. USIU-Africa’s head of ICT, Dr. Paul Okanda represented the university during the Fireside Mentorship Chat.

There were competitions that were held on both days, with USIU-Africa coming in second and third on Innovation day and third on Hackathon day. A list of winners is provided below:

Innovation Day winners

  • Sandra Makena, Anthony Ngugi, Aaron Rono, Victor Kabata. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology.KaziLink.
  • Khushi Gupta, Jeet Gohil, Dharmik Karania, Abdi Hamid.USIU-Africa.Enhancing Health Access through remote infant screening.
  • Brian Sigilai and Collins Muriuki.USIU-Africa.Sqika

Hackathon Day winners

  • Qualislabs - Disability Project, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
  • Pest Hunter - Agriculture, Dedan Kimathi University.
  • M-Kilimo - Agriculture, USIU-Africa, Murang'a University and Cooperative University of Kenya.

Speaking during the event, Dr. Paula Musuva expressed her appreciation to the organizing committee, praising it for organizing one of the best hackathons in recent times.

“It was a pleasure being part of the initiative and being part of the panel judges for the Hackathon. Let us continue building on past successes and always pushing forward. The most impressive and encouraging part is that this one has been our best Hackathon,” she said.

“As an institution, we should work towards solidifying partnerships and sponsorships by securing them early and demonstrate value to sponsors. Let us always build better participation among our students. Congratulations on all the work that has gone into this and past events, “she added.

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