Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are business moguls most people on the planet would like to work for, mostly because they have built very successful technology companies over time. Apart from very attractive bank accounts under their names, what else do they have in common? They started their innovative businesses as students at their respective universities, differed their education and a Microsoft and Facebook later returned to complete their education.
So why should you be an innovation ambassador?
- You will get the opportunity in bringing change to the community.
- You will get the opportunity to network with emerging leaders from various disciplines in our economy and innovation ecosystem.
- You will build skills and connections as a foundation for your career whether in government or as an entrepreneur.
Every day, new and innovative solutions are developed to solutions to problems we face as a community, as a country. For example, every year during the rainy season, our drainage systems fail us with perennial flooding seen in most metropolitan areas. The government through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has banned the use of plastic bags to mitigate this problem. However, more needs to be done on the ground. Innovative solutions to such problems should be encouraged.
The University of Nairobi recognizes the potential our students have to solve problems that affect us. Solutions for the people, by the people, are encouraged. These solutions directly affect the community within and without.
Our student innovation ambassadors program will equip you with skills to innovate and orient you towards innovation. Furthermore, the best student innovations will get an opportunity to showcase their innovations at the Nairobi Innovation Week.
The university through the C4DLab has created positions for Innovations Ambassadors that were recently filled by students from the university. The innovation ambassadors will convey the innovation agenda to the students.
As a student innovation ambassador, you will definitely learn new skills, challenge yourself to greater heights and build your networks.
Look out for the next blog with our Student Innovation Ambassadors.