The Innovate Diary

The twin Question of what ails Kenya and what can be done to cure its identified problems has fueled a series of heated debates in international fora, corporate boardrooms, political talk-shows, not even sparing village barazas. The reasons attributed to this menace could be many and varied but at the core of such discussions features the issue of youth entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and youth leadership.

Glory filled Shalom Guest House as Global Minimum ushered in Innovate Kenya December 2017 cohort with 32 brilliant young minds making it as the finalists to this year’s 2017 summer camp.From their vibrant faces, one could read that they envisaged nothing short of a fun packed week. Gmin cultivates a culture of creativity as youths learn to make and make to learn. Even better, the organization enables an opportune chance for young people to meditate on milestones and challenges they face as they explore the technovation space.

Participants taking a group photo after showcase

Young people’s efforts to share views on global change are often rendered futile attributed to lack of contemplating their art of being so passionate that they carry such an enormous burden of making a global change, yet at such a tender age. Apparently, these young people have the right mix of brilliance, vigor and talent to knock down the hurdles that bring Kenya’s development wheel to a halt. They are a pillar that the country can cling to in a bid to transform the nation. How then can we catalyze the metamorphosis of young innovators from developing larva into beautiful technovation butterflies?

The Innovate Kenya boot camp, hosted by GMin is a one week’s life-changing experience culminating into a well-knit fraternity serves as a means to give a listening ear and space to young innovators to express their entrepreneurial and technovation ideas. Consequently, our young technovation finalists have a platform to build a working prototype in collaboration with a diverse pull of mentors from an array of disciplines. As such, we champion for the transformation of Kenya’s extensive natural, human and financial resources into a developmental package citizens can benefit from.By the end of the one-week camp, we nurture these brilliant minds not only into better innovators but also credible leaders. Ultimately, these young champions can cut through debate and argument to offer solutions that everybody understands and can benefit from.

Mentors during a project build session with team Natures Own antiseptic

GMin’s Executive Director Lola Aleru testing out an app developed by a team during the camp

Dr. Kosimbei of Chandaria Incubation and Innovation interacting with participants regarding their project

Harriet receiving a Certificate from Amelia Philips of The Somo project who was one of the judges