“There is no difference between in the mind-set of the young people in Silicon Valley (who are coming up with the next Uber and WhatsApp) and the mind-set of the young people in this room today. Geographical phenomena could be the only difference!” rightly observed the Honourable Dr. Patrick Musimba.
The crème de la crème of projects in the annual Dr. Patrick Musimba competition were about to be given their dues in the award ceremony dinner at Sarova Panafric Hotel. Elon Musk was once heard saying, ‘I can either watch it happen or be part of it!’ Engineering students decided to be part of the 4th Industrial Revolution as they came up with innovative solutions to everyday problems in form of projects that encompassed AI and IoT. The projects had to be in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030 falling under the economic, social or political pillars.
The Patrick Musimba awards was born 3 years ago by the honourable MP and each year had a plethora of delicacies and graced by not only Dean and Principal school of engineering but also the Engineer Gumbo. The Hon Patrick Musimba explained why, despite him having a humanities background, he readily supports engineers. He sensitized on the important drive engineers have in accelerating Kenya’s and Africa’s industrialization. He encouraged our corporate partners (KPLC, Gearbox, ACEK, KenGen and Tullow Oil) to follow in his footsteps and even replace him in empowering engineering. This year, the aim of the dinner was sharpened. It would not only be a platform for awarding the best projects, but The Patrick Musimba Awards would be a key to open doors for projects to develop into start-ups. The Dean of school of engineering announced that the winning projects would have an opportunity to pitch their projects in a future event hence then accelerate the ideas into start-ups and businesses. The projects that emerged the best in each category had the opportunity to pitch at the dinner!
The Chief Guest, Engineer Gumbo, concluded the fascinating award ceremony with nuggets of wisdom directed to both the students and corporate partners. He advised the engineering students to work extra hard and never be afraid of failure quoting Thomas Edison, ‘I did not fail 1000 times, I only found 1000 ways of how not to do it’
Lynette Kinya a fifth year student was feted as the overall winner. she took home a cheque of over Kshs. 200,000. Several projects were presented earlier on the week from different fields by the students in the college of Architecture and Engineering. EBE students emerged winners in both male and female category.