Local Innovations for Economic Recovery and Resilience in the Lake Region

Lake Basin Innovation & Investments Week (LBIIW), Virtual Conference 2020

















The LBIIW Virtual Conference

LBIIW is an annual entrepreneurship and innovation gathering that convenes entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, policymakers, government, development agencies and other ecosystem players; to spur economic growth of the Lake Victoria Basin, through innovative business models, digitization, SME financing and local manufacturing.

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November 17th - 19th, 2020


Our speakers are skilled at rallying up each unique audience to inspire, engage, empower, and, of course, motivate you for results such as increased productivity, improved your morale, higher sales, game-changing innovation, or more effective communication.


Governor Anyang' Nyongo' EGH

Kisumu County


Sherry Lassiter

President & CEO
Director Fab Lab Program
MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms

john tanui

Carolyn Owino

Health Systems Specialist
Kenya Medical Training College

Dr. Khama Rogo

Founder Centre for the Study of Adolescence
World Bank

David Ogiga

Co-founder Sote Hub | Chair Countrywide Innovation Hubs
Ten Senses Africa

Eng. John Tanui

Konza Technopolis Development Authority


Nekesa J. Were

Director of Strategy


Bahaa Eddine Sarroukh

Senior Technical Advidor


John Martincic

Forest Scientific Corporation


Christopher Odongo

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder
WYLDE International


Mr. Michael Duerr

Agricultural Economist & Project Manager
Agri-Jobs 4 Youth initiative


Joram Mwinamo

Chief Executive Officer
SNDBX | The Village Formula


Jonas Tesfu

Co-Founder and CEO
Pangea Accelerator


Betty Okero

Team leader
CSO Network


Josphine Ndambuki

Manager, Economic Development, Partnerships & Resource Mobilization
Konza Technopolis Development Authority


Yajesh T. Patel



Jean Lokenga

Deputy Representative


Jackline Kiarie



Dr. Rae

Pharm Access


Nam Oneko

Rent A Pot Ltd


Laura Chite

CIO East Africa


Munira Gilani

Mayfair Holdings


Prince Charles Oduk

Founder and CEO
PAIC Limited Kenya


Monday 16 November
Tuesday 17 November
Wednesday 18 November
Thursday 19 November


09:00 – 5:30

Hack4Lake Basin virtual tech hackathon is a local makers and developers challenge trying to support ideas and prototypes that tackle the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19 in the five different themes of this year's conference i.e, Health, Future of work, strategic partnership and governance , local manufacturing and food security


• Health – How might we protect healthcare systems and our mental health during the pandemic and rapidly inform and empower communities around the world to stay safe and healthy during the outbreak?
• Food security- How might we support local Agri-preneurs to thrive/be resilient during pandemics.
• Future of work – How might we rethink workforce and employee planning, management, performance and experience strategies?
• Local Manufacturing- How might we promote home grown solutions through local manufacturing towards addressing gaps that exist in disrupted global supply value chains during pandemics?
• Strategic Partnership and Governance– How might we improve synergies for the development of the regional ecosystem during pandemics

9:30 – 12:30


The Blue Economy recognizes productivity of healthy freshwater ecosystems is a pathway for freshwater aquatic economies and promotes the conservation, sustainable use, and management of associated resources (UNECA, 2016). In aquaculture, the approaches for actualizing the aspirations embodied in the Blue economy concept include; Cage culture (Lakes, Dams, and Rivers), Integrated RAS, Aquaponics or Greenhouse, Pens, Breeding and restocking of commercially important indigenous species and live fish markets.


Our goals for the Policy Hackathon is:

• To harness prestige and intellectual curiosity to develop challenges, prizes, and crowdsourcing that will inspire individuals and teams to push past conventional limits and thinking to breakdown intractable barriers to change;a
• To encourage the development of new breakthrough innovations and solutions for aquaculture and health concerns during a pandemic;
• To entice new innovators from outside of the field to bring their ideas to bear on critical challenges and challenge traditional views and biases and
• To create new communities of practice that are focused on sustainable growth and attract new solvers and solutions to particular problems, opening the door for new entrants and building momentum for new industrie

9:00 – 12:30

LBIIW Kids Hackathon is a short sprint collaborative problem solving forum for students in grades 5 to grade 9. The students would be required to participate in pairs or groups. The participants will be given a problem statement aligned with our mission statement which is community empowerment through innovation and local manufacturing.

The purpose of LBIIW Kids Hackathon is to create an incubation hub for kids to explore their ideas and prototype. We hope to empower the children early so that they can make wealth as grown ups and thus we subsequently improve our economy.

LBIIW hosts annual kids hackathon of interactive workshops for both hardware and software activities. The hackathon targets kids of ages 9 -16 years who will attend either physically ( limited chances due to Covid-19 health measures).

Please fill in the following form so we can contact you in order to share necessary information for the hackathon.

Note that kids attending physically will be selected from the list of applicants who marked "physical" on the form while the rest will join virtually. Kindly choose appropriately

This hackathon is powered by Safaricom


Parallel/Side events

10:00 – 12:00

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Speed Dating By Youth Alive [Future Of Work]

Parallel/Side events

2:00 – 4:00

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Strengthening the ESOs community Nationally; Harnessing regional Strengths[Future Of Work]


Entrepreneurs Support Organizations (ESOs)/ Hubs play a crucial role in the growth and scale of SMEs and Startups. The value created by ESOs is numerous. This can include new relationships, connections, partnerships, business ideas, access to capital and even new clients and customers.

Naturally, hub models and configurations differ, with goals and objectives evolving over time particularly for some of the older hubs. For the sake of differentiation at present, the working models of the 5 hubs can be defined as being a coworking space; an incubator and accelerator; a hybrid incubation/maker space/coworking space; a hybrid incubator/coworking space; and a hybrid tech hub/coworking space.

This session will explore how best to create collaborations and harness strengths from the different regions in the ESO landscape. The hub network is fragmented and though individually there is a lot that is being done, there is a great opportunity to do much more together at a national level by harnessing and leveraging on each other’s strengths.

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Sub Themes


LBIIW will seek to review the region's public health response to covid, discuss the role of technology in the fight against covid, showcase and promote adoption of local health innovations and solutions that can be adopted nationwide in future pandemics

Health innovation are long-established traditions in many counties. They are generally designed to jointly review the implementation of national health sector plans or to assess sector performance and to agree on actions to address constraints in implementation or to improve performance.

Youth Economic Empowerment & Future of Work

To explore what the future of work would be post-covid, the new skills sets young people need to acquire now and how traditional employers should prepare for the new normal to remain competitive and sustainable

We strive to do this by addressing their situation and then take action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes

Strategic Partnerships & Governance

LBIIW takes note of much needed synergies for the development of the regional ecosystem during pandemics. As such the week will provide and facilitate formation of strategic relations and initiate partnerships for the economic recovery and resilience of the region.

With relation between two commercial enterprises, usually formalized by one or more business contracts. A strategic partnership will usually fall short of a legal partnership entity, agency, or corporate affiliate relationship.

Enhancing Food Security

We are seeking to discover, showcase and promote innovations and new value chains that Agri-preneurs can adopt to thrive/be resilient during pandemics.

Coming up with long term innovative strategies for economic response and recovery for SMEs during and after emergencies.

Local Manufacturing

LBIIW will embrace and promote home grown solutions through local manufacturing towards addressing gaps that exist in disrupted global supply value chains during pandemics.

Factory production has contributed little to economic growth because of poor linkages with local markets and overwhelming reliance on imports.