IN PICTURES: The first day of Kampala Innovation Week 2017

Kampala Innovation Week 2017 kicked off today at the Innovation Village. It'll be a week-long event with activities at Design Hub Kampala, Outbox and Innovation Village.

In case you missed, we have brought you all the activities for day one in pictures.

[caption id="attachment_3068" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week Mr. R.S Hiremath, an innovator from India.[/caption]

Hiremath has over 600 innovations to his name. He led the afternoon session on how to Innovate for the bottom of the pyramid population - which makes the majority of the developing world. Uganda included. Visit his website here for more details about his innovations and awards won.

[caption id="attachment_3070" align="aligncenter" width="5184"] From Left to right: R.S Hiremath, Renu Varun, and CK Japheth[/caption]

Innovation Village Founder CK Japheth shares a light moment with Renu Varun and R.S Hiremath. Renu Varun is Uganda's Goodwill Tourism Ambassador to India.

[caption id="attachment_3071" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week NBS TV's Kin Kariisa[/caption]

Kin Kariisa was on the panel that discussed Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and how they can help entrepreneurs. He urged them to always know when and how to work with the government if they're to become very successful. He also encouraged them to avoid setting their bar too low by aiming at becoming the next Kin, rather - he advised that - they should focus on becoming several times his size.

[caption id="attachment_3072" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week From Left to Right: Joshua Akandwanaho from NITA Uganda, Kin Kariisa from NBS TV, David Birungi from UMEME and Opio Andrew from URA.[/caption]

Joshua mentioned that NITA has over 70 e-Government services online. However, the audience and other panel members didn't know about that. Kin Kariisa challenged him to ensure NITA and other government bodies effectively communicate as well as publicize their services.

[caption id="attachment_3073" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week Canary Mugume, reporter from NBS, in Blue suit[/caption]

Canary Mugume moderated the first and opening session of the event.

[caption id="attachment_3074" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week Attendants of the morning session[/caption]

The morning session was well attended and a couple of good questions were asked. Most were aimed at the officials from government bodies who struggled to give satisfactory answers.

[caption id="attachment_3082" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week PK Malinz, Startup Digest Africa Founder, during the second session.[/caption]

Did you know that the bottom of the pyramid of the world's population has over 5,000,000,000 people? But, most innovators ignore them. Only 4% of the total funds dedicated to innovation go to innovations aimed at this group.

Yet, around 80% of the funds go to innovators and innovations aimed at the 500,000,000 that make up the top of the pyramid - who are the rich. This was said by R.S Hiremath during the second session.

[caption id="attachment_3075" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week The team from Buzz! Events[/caption]

Buzz! Events are among the sponsors of the Kampala Innovation Week.

[caption id="attachment_3078" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week RS Hiremath sharing a light moment with the morning session speakers.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3080" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week RS Hiremath speaking to the delegates in attendance.[/caption]

He has only patented 18 of his over 600 innovations. All his innovations target the bottom of the pyramid. In case you're interested in the same group, visit his website and make use of his innovations for free.

[caption id="attachment_3081" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week Salaam Musumba, former Member of Parliament[/caption]

Salaam Musumba has of recently picked interest in keeping with innovators and entrepreneurs. This is her second time visiting the innovation village in less than 5 days. In the picture above, she was listening to RS Hiremath.

[caption id="attachment_3067" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Kampala Innovation Week Food? Definitely, it was there.[/caption]

Credit: All pictures were taken by Global Business Developers on behalf of The Innovation Village Kampala.

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