iBiz Africa, an incubator at Strathmore University, is set to host to a startup weekend in Nairobi, which will focus on designing solutions for the education sector’s most critical challenges.
Through design thinking, innovative business strategies, relentless hacking and designing, the weekend will produce new ventures that are poised to create high caliber outcomes for local Education entrepreneurs. Groups will work together over 54 hours to create a tech tool that addresses a concern either in a school or in a student’s community. Ventures can range from a mobile app for students, a gaming console app, to a variety of online learning tools.
Speakers, coaches and mentors, including John Temba, head of ICT at Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Frank Tamre, Co-Founder of Moringa School and Kago Kagichiri, co-founder of local educational startup Eneza Education will be in attendance.
According to organisers, “Our event transcends the traditional Startup Weekend style; we will focus on bridging the entrepreneurial startup spirit with youth and educator informed issues. We believe that a wide range of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, passion, talents, technical knowledge and skills are needed to create ventures that have the highest potential for lasting impact”.
Slated to hold on July 10-12, the event, Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU) Nairobi seeks Entrepreneurs interested in hacking, UX/UI design, business, education and collaborating on a unique solution to a challenge they’re facing; Instructional leaders in the classroom working in Nairobi schools and within its environs; Community Organizers, District Administrators, Education Non-Profit Leaders and Professionals working in the school wrap-around services space; Mobile App Developers; UX/UI designers; Innovators, Thinkers, Business Strategists, Marketers, Finance Gurus, Project Managers and Philanthropists
The event will focus on the use of education technology to increase access and distribution of quality learning materials, taking advantage of Open Education technologies like MOOCs and Open Educational Resources (OERs) to increase literacy, using education data and education technology to measure the impact of education and ensuring that education technology and education initiatives lead to youth empowerment and development.