An opportunity to inform Member States and give a sneak preview of G-STIC 2018
During this briefing on the G-STIC Conference series for the Nairobi-based Permanent Representatives, G-STIC 2017 Key Findings have been illustrated and enlarged upon with the goal to identify concrete policy actions that can forward sustainable technological transitions towards the SDGs.
G-STIC 2017 aimed at identifying and promoting market-ready, innovative technological solutions needed to achieve the SDGs – implementable solutions that are scalable and sustainable both from a societal and economic perspective. This G-STIC UNON Briefing was a unique opportunity to inform Member States about the integrated technological solutions presented at G-STIC 2017 and give a sneak preview of G-STIC 2018 (Brussels, November 28-30).
Real-life projects using existing technologies
During the briefing, a few Kenyan start-ups presented several projects that show how readily available technologies can offer solutions that are effective under real-life conditions and have a positive economic and social impact. "Mobi-Water," for example, is a project focused on improving access to drinking water for the population in the slum of Kibera. This is achieved by controlling the water level of reservoirs and sending real-time information about water availability by telephone or computer.
“Mobi-Water” is an excellent example of how existing digital technologies are important to realise far-reaching water system innovation, and is a concrete example of the G-STIC 2017 finding that the digital revolution provides a vast potential to manage water resources more efficiently. G-STIC 2018 will focus on innovations to create value from water, and further look into the hurdles and solutions for the implementation and upscaling of integrated technological solutions.
Session 1 - Opening remarks + Reflections from co-organizing Member States
16:00 – 16:15
HE Nicolas Nihon, Permanent Representative of Belgium HE Fernando Coimbra, Permanent Representative of Brazil Ms. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director UN Habitat, Kenya
Session 2 – Keynote address
16:15 – 16:30
The role of technology and innovation for the SDGs and how G-STIC can contribute HE Macharia Kamau, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade at Government of Kenya
Session 3 – Presentation of G-STIC 2017 results – reporting on the 4 key findings
16:30 – 16:50
Presentation of ICT results of G-STIC 2017 Mr. Luis Neves, Managing Director, Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
Presentation of 4 major results of G-STIC 2017 Mr. Kennedy Orwa, Executive Director, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
Session 4 – Young start-ups to pitch their ideas
16:50 – 17:15
Young start-ups/innovators will pitch their vision and approach of sustainable entrepreneurship related to the tech solutions that can help achieve the SDGs
Frederick Omondi Okello, founder of MatQ Company Ltd John Masiwe, founder of BlueGate Technologies Dr. Tonny Omwansa, founder of oN Bike Share/C4D Lab Kelvin Gacheru Mbuthia, founder of MobiTech Water Solutions Ltd Samuel Wetungu, Director ICT, Communication and Egovernment at County Government of Kakamega Branice Atsiaya, ICT Officer at County Government of Kakamega
Session 5 – Preview G-STIC 2018
17:15 – 17:30
A sneak preview on G-STIC 2018 Ms. Veerle Vandeweerd, Policy Director G-STIC