LEAP Hub students showcase their innovative ideas at the Scale Kenya Forum

Global Peace Foundation Kenya participated in the Scale Kenya Forum that was held under the theme “Youth Entrepreneurship for Social Impact.” Organised by the East Africa Civil Society Initiative, forum is an initiative by The Agakhan Foundation, East African Institute and iHub. It seeks to encourage dialogue around the role of public and private sectors by featuring the stories of local young entrepreneurs, plenary and panel sessions, exhibitions, networking and training opportunities.

GPF’s Leap Hub students from Moi Forces Academy and Kariobangi North Girls’ Secondary School got the chance to exhibit their innovations. Moi Forces Academy showcased “Virtual Clothe” platform that allows online clothes shoppers to virtually try clothes. Virtual Clothe is an innovation sought to solve the issue of size difference in the clothing industry across different countries. On the other hand, Kariobangi North Girls High School presented the “Medics App”, an application that assists patients to book for appointments with specialized doctors.

The forum garnered participation from various individuals among them: Dr Alex Awiti, Director, East Africa Institute, Mr. Graham Wood, Chief Executive Officer, the Agakhan Foundation East Africa, Ms. Mary Gicharu, Managing director at iHub and Mr Daniel Juma, the Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya among others.

GPF Kenya to Partner with IBM in Launching Digital Nation Africa Programme

On 2nd March, 2018 Global Peace Foundation Kenya held talks with IBM to explore avenues of collaboration in implementing IBM’s Digital Nation Africa program in existing Leap Hub spaces.

Digital Nation Africa (DNA) is a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programs for up to 25 million African youths over a period of five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa. For the youth of Africa to be able to benefit from a cognitive future there needs to be a much higher level of digital literacy. At the top of the skills pyramid are developers, who need to know how to create solutions that can leverage the power of cognitive, and entrepreneurs who are aware of the potential. The platform is designed to help raise overall digital literacy, increase the number of skilled developers able to tap into cognitive engines and enable entrepreneurs grow there businesses around the new solutions.

DNA aligns well with GPF’s Smart Workforce Readiness in schools which equips students with the latest technological skills required to succeed in today’s workforce