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YSK National Science and Technology Exhibition

YSK, working with other partners, is organizing its first premier national event on the 5-6th of July 2018 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), with an expected attendance of more than 5000 participants. The event will be attended by national and international guests drawn from the government, private sector, academia, civil society and other non-state actors and schools throughout the country.

 

The event will be an opportunity to showcase the scientific talents of the young participants and their solutions towards national development and attainment of the BigFour Agenda, Vision 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Number of students reached by YSK event to date

184

Number of students introduced to YSK and capacity building on their research

92

Number of application forms received

80

Number of schools introduced to YSK and STEMS mentorship programme

Purpose of exhibition

The annual exhibition, based on lessons learnt from the BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition experience in Ireland, Young Scientists Tanzania and other local science fairs such as the Kenya Science and Engineering Fair seek to provide a platform for the young people to showcase their talents in science, technology and innovation.

This platform also provides the young people with linkage opportunities with the Government, Academia, private sector, civil society and others for upscaling of the research and projects. This is the springboard for further research, technology and innovation.

The exhibition also provides an opportunity for the public to interact with the young people, to spur their interest in science and create a movement of young scientists for socio-economic development.

YSK Business Bootcamp

There are not many initiatives that target the conversation of scientific research into successful commercialization at the students level. Most end at the exhibition level and do not provide the young people with opportunities for commercialization. YSK would like to select successful projects and conduct a business boot camp for eligible projects. The projects showcased are potential small micro-enterprises which could grow to large scale industries to provide employment to the young people in the country. This is the pathway of growth that is envisaged at the end of the business boot camp.

The purpose of this programme is to encourage further innovation by our young scientists and provide them with commercialisation skills to carry forward into their careers and lives.