Innovate For Pwani

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Swahilipot Hub Mombasa, Mombasa County Kenya

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Are you a young person living in the Coast of Kenya?

Are you looking to challenge yourself, build your network, connect with great ideas and learn?

Do you have a great idea that you think is game changing and can transform the Coast of Kenya?

Then "`Innovate For Pwani" is the place for you!

From the 1st to the 4th of December, Cellulant will be hosting the "Innovate For Pwani" concept hack as part of the Pwani Innovation Week. Innovate for Pwani is a competition that challenges the young people in the 6 Coastal Counties to find creative solutions to everyday real-life issues affecting their community.

But isn't innovation only for tech? NAH!

Innovation is simply defined as a new method, idea, product, or service... we have seen a lot of great ideas that have turned into great, transformative products or solutions. Now it's your turn!

What is a concept hack?

A concept hack is much like an ide-a-thon on steroids. Participants are asked not only come up with ideas, but to also develop a product or service concept that has the potential to solve for different sectors and can be taken to market.

At Innovate For Pwani, the teams shall utilize their creativity, resourcefulness and community building skills to come up with solutions around problems in the following key sectors;

  • Agriculture and Agribusiness

  • Art, Culture and Heritage

  • Technology and Communication

  • Tourism & Hospitality

  • Transport & Logistics

  • Private sector including SME’s

  • Public Sector - both National and County Government

What to expect:

  • Develop an innovative solution to everyday challenges in the Coast.

  • Showcase a product/service concept

  • Develop a go to market strategy

  • Stimulate creative problem solving through collaboration

Application process:

  1. Enter the competition- expressing interest to join the concept hack - deadline for applications- November 26th

  2. All shortlisted applicants will be informed by November 28th

  3. All selected participants meet at Swahilipot on December 1 for kick-off and team assignments

Pwani Innovation week taking place from the 3rd to the 7th of December hosted by SwahiliPot in partnership Cellulant. This is a consolidated effort to create a culture of innovation among the youth in the following Coastal counties of Kenya; Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River and Taita Taveta.