Celebrate Today’s Innovations

Pilot Event 2019

The main focus of this event was to recognise and celebrate STEM related innovations emerging from Kenya that will positively impact the communities and Africa.

Kenya Pilot Event

In September 2019, EDU-Cater launched their first event with an ambitious, but hugely successful goal!

The event targeted to inspire 14-16 year old’s (male and females) from four different secondary schools in Kenya, by delivering a full day of unique, engaging, thought inspiring and motivating activities which included guest speakers, practical group activities and show and tell sessions where rising innovators can come and share their STEM inventions and discuss the importance of merging creativity and STEM with entrepreneurship.

Opportunities for the students to network with university students and professionals from various companies were also planned.

Objective

Develop and stimulate the young engineering minds within Kenya. To ensure the transition of students and young professionals into STEM careers.

Objective

Inspire student interest in STEM through the celebration of products and services created and developed in Kenya.

Objective

Provide networking opportunities between companies, innovators, entrepreneurs and students.

Objective

Develop the students technical abilities as well as soft skills; presentation, team-work and self-confidence thus making them well rounded.

Why Africa first?

One of the reasons why Africa was selected to be our first continent to launch our initiatives in is because we strongly agree with following statements from Florence Tobo Lobe (2015), “If Africans are to solve problems and to lead social and economic development in their own countries – rather than leaving it to international aid agencies – all African learners will need higher-level STEM skills” and…

..…“MINDS and BRAINS are
Africa’s biggest resource”

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Event Gallery

We had an incredible time at the EDU-Cater pilot event and so did our attendees. Here are a few photos from the day – it was certainly a success!

"The speakers impacted the students and a lot of students had a paradigm shift and a renewal of the minds"

Event Attendee, 2019

"The speakers impacted the students and a lot of students had a paradigm shift and a renewal of the minds"

Event Attendee, 2019

"The speakers impacted the students and a lot of students had a paradigm shift and a renewal of the minds"

Event Attendee, 2019

"The speakers impacted the students and a lot of students had a paradigm shift and a renewal of the minds"

Event Attendee, 2019

"The speakers impacted the students and a lot of students had a paradigm shift and a renewal of the minds"

Event Attendee, 2019

Alex Makalliwa

Chief Operating Officer (COO) – Africa

Alex is a budding engineer, entrepreneur and academic. He’s currently serving as General Manager at Solar E-Cycles Kenya – an organisation that designs and assembled light electric solar-powered tricycles. The organisation’s larger vision is to provide off-grid communities with affordable access to mobility and renewable energy. Alex’s aspiration is to develop technology whose adoption across Africa will have demonstrable social impact. Away from startups, you’ll find him reading, writing or trying to restore classic cars.

Achievements

  • 2017 shortlist for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation – RAEng

Darren Williams

Director of Strategic Partnership and Finance

Dr Darren Williams is a Chartered Fellow of Engineering (IET), who works for TWI Ltd and Lancaster University.

TWI Ltd (The Welding Institute) is one of the world’s foremost independent Research and Technology Organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes as applied in industry. His role is the Welding Systems Manager, which has a focus on R&D of novel Digital Technologies for implementation into manufacturing industries.

At Lancaster University Darren’s role is the Director of the Joining 4.0 Innovation Centre, this role focuses on Developing and implementing Industry 4.0 focused joining and advanced manufacturing techniques and systems, enabling smart and digital based manufacturing solutions.

Recent awards:

  • 2019 Paul Fletcher Award – The Institute of Engineering Technology
  • 2018 British Black Business Award (BBBA) Winner – Science Technology Engineering Maths: Rising Star

Frida Nzaba

Founder & CEO of Edu-Cater Global

I work as an Overhaul Manufacturing Engineer in Rolls-Royce Plc, Engine Overhaul Services. This role consists of developing and implementing methods that can be used to repair various components from a jet engine and methods that can be used to strip and assemble the engine in a timely and safe manner. I am directly supporting the shop floor and resolving any technical issues that arise, while continuously improving our processes and the way we work.

I am proud to contribute the WISE Young Professionals Board by informing and advising the WISE campaign on how to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

I founded Edu-Cater Global as a vehicle to bridge the gap between education and industry, by equipping individuals with knowledge, exposure and networks in order to empower them into STEM careers.

Achievements

  • Professionally registered as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) by the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology)
  • Shortlisted for the We Are The City Rising Star Award 2019 – Science and Technology Sector