Pwani Innovation Week 2018


Swahilipot Hub convened a number of stakeholders and innovative minds to organize and execute the annual Pwani Innovation Week (PIW) to support and accelerate the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the coastal region. As part of the PIW, a strong start-up movement has emerged, backed by over 30 startup enablers in Kenya. The startup initiative became the center of engagement. Innovators creating solutions in various domains were invited to participate by building their portfolios with the tech community at PIW.

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People at the coast have shown great innovation potential despite years of poor investment in the tech sector

The whole coastal region could step onto the global innovation platform if more resources are invested in the area, which was shown by the fact that the counties produced more outputs relative to levels of inputs and is way ahead of its county peers on many fronts within Kenya. A poor standard of education, low investment in research and uneven adoption of innovative processes, products and solutions by businesses have held back innovation in the coast for the past decade even as we struggle with the rest of the country in knowledge technology, and creative outputs. PIW is that platform that builds on creative assets by helping young members of the society attain success from their innovation.

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Pwani Innovation Week is a consolidated effort by Swahilipot Hub and it’s partners to help create a widespread culture of innovation in the coastal counties of Kenya. Scheduled for December 3 – 6, 2018 in Mombasa, the event is aimed at stimulating the Innovation ecosystem in the Pwani region.

Keynote Speakers

The speech by Her Excellency Kadri Humal Ayal (Honorary Consul of Estonia in Kenya) on how Estonia is innovative.

Cisco IoT hackathon

Hackathon with Cisco during the Pwani Innovation Week. The theme was centered on solving problems using the Internet of Things technology


We have a duty to sustain the momentum and propel Pwani to the next level. If you are a stakeholder in the startup ecosystem, you know this forum was a must attend to engage, network and gather insights regarding the fast-developing ecosystem!


Innovation catalyzes the aspirations of individuals, private institutions and governments to achieve development by generating creative ideas and introducing new products, services and operations that improve the overall quality of life.

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“Sometimes the people who set up the enterprises have low knowledge. You need them to have knowledge so that they can better their firms,” says Dr Bitange Ndemo, a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s School of Business,

Dr, Bitange Ndemo,CBS

Chairman, Distributed Ledgers & Artificial Intelligence – Kenya. Chairman, Department of Business Administration – University of Nairobi. Board Director – Safaricom Limited.

Susie Kitchens

Deputy High Commissioner and UK Permanent Representative to the UN in Nairobi.

H.E Hassan Ali Joho

EGH Governor – Mombasa County

Grace Njoroge

Financial Inclusion at KPMG East Africa

Dr. Jendayi E. Frazer

Previously served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Managing Partner, Africa Exchange Holdings Company and President, 50 Ventures, LLC.

Prof. Shaukat Abdulrazak 

Director for Africa,Technical Cooperation Department, International Atomic Energy Agency

Hon. Michael Onyango 

Advisor Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT. Member of DL (Blockchain) & Artif icial Intelligence, Taskforce – Ministry of ICT, Government of Kenya Public affairs, policy and ICT.

Felix Nthigah

 General Manager, Cellulant Kenya

Bradley Witteman

Co-Founder @ Building teams & software to deliver ground breaking user experiences for everyone.

Prof. Hamadi Iddi Boga

Principal Secretary, State Department for Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture

Dr. Charity Wayua

 Senior Research Manager at IBM

Serges Nanfack

 Technical Program Manager in Africa – Cisco Systems

Lesley Mbogo

 Ex-Amazon Head of Product | Platforms & Marketplaces Entrepreneur | Product & Engineering Executive | U.S Patent Holder

Jon Evans

Chief Technology Officer, HappyFunCorp

Dr. Bright Gameli Mawudor

PHD (Cyber security engineer and Researcher)

Joel Muigai 

Head of IoT Strategy – East Africa at Liquid Telecoms Kenya

Kai Uwe Wulff 

EVP Technology Balton CP at BaltonCP

Dr. Kevit Desai

Principal Secretary, State Department of Vocational and Technical Education (TVET), Ministry of Education


Here is a list of pannerlists that saw the PIW 2018 succeed.

Her Excellency Kadri Humal

Ayal Honorary Consul of Estonia in Kenya

Susie Kitchens

Deputy High Commissioner and UK Permanent Representative to the UN in Nairobi.

Osman Varwani

Managing Director, INNOVUS Group

Grace Njoroge

Financial Inclusion at KPMG East Africa

Joel Muigai

Head of IoT Strategy – East Africa at Liquid Telecoms Kenya

CEC Dr. Munyoki Kyalo

CEC Youth, Gender, Sports and Cultural Affairs, Mombasa County Government

Majala Mlagui

 Deputy Governor, Taita Taveta

Simeon Oriko

Board Member, Swahilipot Hub. Network Manager, Creative Commons

Mohamed Gharib

VP East Africa at 1000 Alternatives

Lawrence Muthoga

Breadth and Community Manager – Microsoft 4Afrika

Ann Hamberger

CEO, Raiya TV

Peter Ngunyi

Early Bird

Kennneth Ambani

Kenyan Actor. Manager – Postal Corporation of Kenya

John Gitau

Cisco Systems

Emmanuel Nzai

Jumuiya ya kaunti za Pwani

Cindy Lithimbi-Ondego

 Director, MombasaWorks

Stephanie Maseki

Arts Director – Swahilipot Hub.

David Momany

Executive Director – Africa Youth Trust

Gates Mgenge

Radio Presenter, Pilipili FM


We are very appreciative of the following current and past sponsors who saw the PIW 2018 a success

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