The annual JKUAT Tech Expo at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is going down at the University’s Main Hall and Graduation Square. The annual event organized by the University administration in conjunction with the Students’ Union attracted over 300 entries but only 50 of them made it to the cut. The event is trending live on Twitter at #Expo5 and will happen on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th December 2014.
The participants are presenting their projects to a panel of judges in the Main Hall and displaying their projects for public viewing at the Graduation Square. Students at the Juja-based institution who have innovative ideas get to showcase their innovation projects and compete for good prizes and opportunities.
The Guest of Honor at the event is His Excellency the Deputy President Hon. William Ruto with the University’s Chancellor Dr Manu Chandaria providing motivational speech to the young entrepreneurs. The 50 shortlisted projects have been divided into 11 categories ranging from Engineering, Agriculture, Media and Communication, Health, Food, Technology among others. All JKUAT Students were eligible to participate in the Expo.
However, a section of the students claim that the Tech Expo shortlisting process was marred by political interests. During the shortlisting time there was students elections and most of the outgoing leaders wanted to use it to solicit votes for their their sponsored aspirants. As a result, most of the best projects did not see the shortlist.
The students claim that the former External Affairs Secretary, Ms Elizabeth Wayua has the biggest say on who will win or not. This is due to the fact that she appointed all the Committee Members. These members are the ones who looked and coached the judges for today’s judging session. Additionally, Ms Wayua still seats in the Expo Committee even after a new students’ body having been elected.
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