INNOVATION CENTRE at Multimedia University of Kenya: Design project

PROJECT INTRODUCTION:
In today’s economy, innovation is a key driver of long term growth and development. The continuous growth of ICT technology has also given rise to a
more knowledge based economy. In order to stay competitive, many individuals and organisations are required to constantly come up with new ideas
to respond to various societal challenges. Universities, as institutions of higher learning, have an important role to play in promoting innovation and
fostering relationships with industry players in order to lead to greater advancements in various fields. The ICT, Science, Technology and Innovation
sector in Kenya is continuing to grow rapidly. Efficient and effective management of innovation, will continue to provide Kenya with unparalleled
opportunities for economic growth and development. There is also a need for the public and private sectors to invest in entrepreneurship by creating
an enabling environment for the incubation and development of ideas especially by the youth. Such investment in innovation and entrepreneurship,
will go a long way in helping to solve youth unemployment in Kenya. Based on renewed government support and a young tech-savvy population,
Kenya is well positioned to become Africa’s leading technology hub.
PROBLEM STATEMENT:
Kenya’s thriving entrepreneurial environment has begun to gain steady recognition over the last few years. Innovation is now more recognised
for its key role in developing the country. This has attracted a myriad of investors and world renowned technology companies who have set up a
base here. Some of these are: Google, Microsoft, Intel and IBM. The government has also shown a genuine to commitment to ICT policy. Several
developments in technology have occurred in the country such as: mobile money (mPesa), a global crowdsourcing app (Ushahidi) and a technology
incubator model (iHub).
Despite this, there is a huge untapped talent of young and upcoming innovators. Universities and other institutions of higher learning, have
not yet fully tapped into developing the resources and environments that support their students innovative potential. Young innovators today
face many obstacles some of which include: limited and costly access to information, the absence of basic support services, limited market
knowledge, lack of advice and mentoring and lack of access to appropriate financial services. This is partly remedied by a growing number of
innovation spaces, such as iHub, mLab and Nairobi Garage. In spite of their presence and continued growth there is still a high demand for such
environments where young innovators can interact and develop their ideas, with exposure to other professionals.
PROJECT JUSTIFICATION:
All over the world, major universities are associated with innovation centres to support their students and communities entrepreneurial and
technological ventures. In Kenya, many leading universities are starting to recognise the importance of nurturing their student’s entrepreneurial
and innovative ideas to fruition. A number of universities such as Kenyatta University and the University of Nairobi have provided such spaces for
their students. Multimedia University of Science and Technology is a growing public university in Kenya, with a strong focus on media, IT, science
and technology. As an information age institution their vision is in sync with Kenya Vision 2030 as they play a vital role in the ICT initiatives, in terms
of providing qualified personnel for the fulfilment of the vision. The project will therefore encourage the growth of this industry as well as provide
opportunities for economic growth. It is also directly in line with vision 2030, which recognises science, technology and innovation as the foundation
to achieve economic, political and social advancement.

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