We would like to appreciate all who take the time to mentor our young innovators, and help them transform their ideas into a reality! Your contributions have helped shape their entrepreneurship journey. Today we highlight our Innovate Kenya mentors:
Irving Amukasa is the Co-founder and C.E.O of Sophie Bot an intelligent system that is fed with verified information on sexuality and sexual reproductive health and relays the information to its users through conversations that are driven by text or voice chats. He is a self-taught Android developer/entrepreneur with 4 apps on Google play store, all rated 4 stars and above. He leads the largest community of developers in sub-Saharan Africa,android254 and organizes droidcon Kenya.
Dailash Lagat is an early career environmental conservationist and researcher with experience in advocacy, research, awareness and training. She is the co-founder of Evamor Africa, a social enterprise that works towards conservation, preservation and restoration of natural resources through environmental education, research, training and advocacy and is engaged in other interests which include; community management where she founded and runs Book Club KE, a reading club for all ages; peacebuilding; writing; agriculture and dancing. Through these engagements amongst others, she constantly strives to be a positive change-maker in Kenya, Africa and the rest of the world.
Cynthia Kamau is a full stack developer specializing in Android Development. She is also a tech enthusiast with a mission to come up with solutions to everyday problems. She also mentors children who are interested in technology so that they can achieve their dreams.
Andrew Okello-Syata is the Technical Director at Kobe Projects Ltd, a non-profit technology transfer – turnkey contractor, enhancing sustainable development through a social-commercial alternative technology, providing practical knowledge, experience, training information and equipment. At Kobe Projects, Andrew is working on a wholesome system to be incorporated with the themes Sustainable Livelihoods through the Eco Village Model incorporating Design Thinking. Over the years, Andrew has participated in various Business Development Service Initiatives as a Lead Consultant, Subcontractor, Technology Transfer Contractor, and Project Design Developer. This has been directly and indirectly funded programmes and projects with international donor agencies and local technology companies.
Ken Abwao is an alma mater of Lenana School and the University of Nairobi. He is an electrical engineer and currently manages the Fab Lab at the University of Nairobi, Science and Technology Park. His interests are to improve the human development index
of Kenya in terms of healthcare, Technology, energy among others by using, encouraging and generating local innovation. Furthermore to use these created resources to move Kenya from a third country to a first world country. He engages and encourages students and users (through internship, workshops and projects) in his lab on critically thinking about a solution to society’s challenges as well as technical options for solving them.
Pendo Ketty Ammy is currently studying Electronics and Computer Engineering at JKUAT. She is a great believer and enthusiast of technology and what it can do. She believes that as an individual, she can leverage technology for the advancement of humanity socially, economically and even spiritually. Ketty is passionate about IoT and Artificial Intelligence, Technology aside, she is a salonist which she practices to unwind and relax
Felicity Mecha is an Electrical and Communications Engineer from Kenya. Well versed in Digital fabrication, IOT system development and Embedded systems Design and implementation. She is currently the Product Manager for IoT at Africa’s Talking. She has worked in rapid prototyping labs named Fab labs and been involved in design, fabrication of systems and machines of different types. She is a certified digital fabrication guru and is involved in training other people on how to use CNC machines to prototype their innovations before taking them to the consumer market. She has also been certified by Philips foundation on undertaking a design sprint training called ‘Idea to market training’ That involves knowing how to use CAFCR and scrum/agile team techniques to build products that are scalable and robust. She is also trained in solar PV design and installation up to Tier 3. She is the community lead in an Artificial intelligence community called AI Saturdays Nairobi Study group
Samuel Githaiga, aka Uncle Sam, aka Big Bro, is a student of engineering at the University of Nairobi, In his 4th year of study and his also a Sunday-school teacher. He’s passionate about life and the beauty of this world.
Kelvin Kang’ethe is a trained Electrical Technician and innovator specializing with the integration of IoT devices in automation, robotics and 3D printing technology. He is passionate about teaching and inspiring young people and has previously worked with Global Minimum as a program associate where he facilitated the Innovation Lab program. He has also mentored team Kenya for the First Global Robotics Challenge, an annual international robotics competition. Currently, he is an educational ambassador for TME Education Africa, a project that aims to popularize electronics knowledge among youth. Kelvin has a diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Machakos University and trained at the Samsung Engineering Academy, attaining vast hands-on technical skills.
Nashon Wagina is a Mechanical Engineering student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology JKUAT. Engineering has been his passion since childhood, and over the years he has endeavoured to experiment with different engineering fields. His love for mentoring others to join engineering has seen him train volunteered as a judge in the annual FIRST LEGO League competitions. Furthermore, he currently teaches young students from Brook House School, Taji School and SABIS International School on robotics and STEM using LEGO engineering kits. He was attached to the Kenya Defense Forces base workshop as an assistant vehicle mechanic. Nashon is very active in the Society Engineering Student (SES) where he has served as the head of Project Committee and recently, the Secretary-General.
Winold Mbindyo is a Biochemist specializing in biomedical research. He has a Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi. He is a part-time Graduate Assistant at the University of Nairobi at the department of Biochemistry since 2017. Previously he worked under USAID-PREDICT2 as a postgraduate fellow at the Institute of Primate Research for two years. His research interest is in the field of computational biology and bioinformatics for prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases. Winold is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking, Winold regularly engages in voluntary health campaigns to assist the less privileged in preventing and controlling infectious diseases. In addition, he participates in STEM mentorship to help students excel and understand the opportunities around STEM. He is a member of the interim Africa One health network of scientists. Winold enjoys playing soccer and is a member of Desire Football Club.
Gloria Ngendo Mairanga is a final year Electrical and Electronics Engineering student at JKUAT. She’s a telecommunications enthusiast specifically on transport technologies and has worked as an intern at Safaricom in the Transmission and IP planning section. In high school, she and her team were finalists of Innovate Kenya 2014. Currently, she is the Partnerships and Capacity Building Manager for JKUAT Tech Expo 10.0
Faith Mutindi is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Biochemistry at the University Of Nairobi and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi. She is also co-founder of Dial A Pad, a company that delivers high-value innovative solutions by bridging the gap between society, business and technology in matters that address sexual reproductive health. Dial A Pad under the stewardship of Faith and her sister has won several awards including the Nairobi Innovation Week top 10 most disruptive startups, Netherlands. African Business Council(NABC) Winner Sustainable Development Goals Challenge, Nairobi Innovation Week(NIW) top 15 most promising startups 2018, African Women In Technology (AWIT) Position 2 in 2018, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) grantee 2018 Manufacturing Sector, Women Who Tech America top 10 Startups 2018, African Women Innovation Entrepreneurial Forum (AWIEF)Finalist–Young Innovators 2018, Timeless Women of Wonder Forum nominee 2018 and Digital Innovations NIW Winner 2019. Dial A Pad has been featured in various media platform such as Voice of America.