After Kelvin Munyotu Nzioka, Manoti Ososi Gilbert and Stephen Sigei from Kabete Technical Institute walked away with a manufacturing contract worth US$100,000 (Sh9.8 Million), Kenya’s premier tech challenge is ready to kick off the second season.
The Africa Tech Challenge, a nationwide competition for students from technical training institutions in Kenya will kick off on July 27. The competition has proven to be a platform for discovery and learning as they will get training and knowledge.
The competition is about the students manufacturing a spare part of any one of the machines that they have been supplying the technical institutes with. The winning teams will be picked according to the best manufactured spare parts.
The Africa Tech Challenge is designed to cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship among students in Technical Training Institutions in Kenya, who plan to take up technical careers after they graduate, and aims to encourage more people to take technical courses to create employment and provide skilled workers for the government and the private sector.
The second season will begin with an intensive nationwide recruitment process of teams from different technical training institutes and universities around the country undergoing a rigorous training from the Chinese experts on how to use raw materials and machines as well as gaining the best techniques to use during the competition.
Marks will then be awarded on skill, accuracy and precision, cost of production and quantity of raw materials used.
The training will followed by four regional competitions from August 3 to 7 after which 12 finalists will proceed to Shamberere Technical Training Institution in Kakamega, for final training from August 10 to 29. After the competition to be be held at the same Venue on August 30 and 31 six winning teams will be awarded with a cash prize and the three most outstanding participants with scholarships to study in the most prestigious Engineering Universities in China.
During the competition, the participants will also have the opportunity to interact with invited business leaders during the ATC Talks. These talks are meant to guide and mentor the participants and will feature different CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Financial Advisers and Business Leaders.