The third edition of MMU Innovation Week lived to its billing, delivering robust discussions on key issues in innovation from key stakeholders drawn from government, academia, private sector, techpreneurs, innovators, and youth among others.
The four day event, which saw innovators showcase their novel ideas and inventions, was graced by the Governor of Kericho County Prof. Paul Chepkwony and MMU Council Chairman Dr. Hebert Amatsimbi.
Speaking during the closing ceremony at MMU Main Conference Centre on Thursday, 22rd September 2016, Prof. Chepkwony expressed his optimism that the innovations pitched were what the country needed in solving its socio-economic problems.
The Governor said that there is need embrace technology develop locally for sustainable solutions to local problems.
However, Prof. Chepkwony, who holds over sixteen patents, noted that most students have very little knowledge of what constitutes intellectual property and how to go about protecting their ideas through patenting.
“It is unfortunate that most innovators are losing their novel ideas for not registering their patents. Most people go public with their innovations before patenting them. In such case, innovations, irrespective of whether it is original or not, is lost,” noted the Governor.
He therefore gave the innovators the best tips on how to patent their ideas, urging them to carefully guard their inventions in order to avoid loss of intellectual property rights to other people or countries.
Prof. Chepkwony also promised to help the university with issues of innovations and patenting through collaborations and memorandum of understandings on projects that promotes research and innovations.
On his part, MMU Council Chairman Dr. Herbert Misigo assured the management that the Council will continue to support research and innovation within the university by enhancing through increased funding.
He also appeal to the government to help raise research fund for the university by increasing capitation to help in innovation efforts.
On the same note, MMU Vice chancellor Amb. Prof. Festus Kaberia said that the university is committed to ensuring that the innovations go along the way in helping the country achieve Vision 2030.
“The management is working closely with the university innovators to make sure that all novel ideas and inventions are patented,” said the VC.
The event saw an entry of over 30 innovations and the best innovative ideas were given certificates and awards in an exercise presided over by Prof. Chepkwony.