The Pwani Innovation Week is aligned with Swahilipot Hub’s goal of helping the community develop themselves. To achieve this we had to work with a number of innovative partners; Cellulant, Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity, Liquid Telecom Kenya, Seacom, Cisco, 1000 Alternatives, Kenya Copyright Board and Pwani Teknowgalz.

One of the goals for Pwani Innovation Week is to stimulate the innovation ecosystem in the Pwani region. 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. To achieve this we worked with our partners to have a number of activities during the innovation week. These include; hackathons (with Cisco and Cellulant), startup pitching competition (with 1000 Alternatives), workshops and panel discussions.

We hosted two, 3 days hackathons; Pwani Innovates and Cisco Internet of Things hackathons. The goal for the Pwani Innovates was for the Pwani region community members to come up with solutions that solve problems within the region. The winning team focused on fishery, water services and agriculture. Read the whole story here on Cellulant’s blog



Startups are core to an innovation ecosystem, they experiment and create new opportunities for the region. We partnered with 1000 Alternatives to run #PIWPitch, startup pitching competition. The pitching competition focused on startups solving problems around health, education and livelihoods. We called for startups to apply, shortlisted  25 startups and the startups pitched during the Pwani Innovation Week. The winning startups were Kenly Hub and Zuri Afya solving problems in education and health sectors respectively. Kenly Hub is a e-Bursary System that focuses on streamlining the bursary allocation process. Zuri Afya is a healthcare startup that offers home-based care service at affordable rates.


The two startups will go through incubation with Swahilipot Hub.


We partnered with Cisco Networking Academy to run a 3 day Internet of Things Hackathon, the participants were taken through the different applications of IoT in the real world. We had a medical care consultant come in a talk of the different challenges in the field and possible use of IoT.

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