By Mapenzi Kitsao
Mombasa, Kenya – November 2, 2023 - The 7th day of the Blue Economy Innovation and Investment Summit 2023 yesterday showcased ingenuity and commitment to the Blue Economy. The event held at the Sote Hub in Nyali, Mombasa County, witnessed an inspiring convergence of activism and technology.
Youth champion and prominent activist, Charlene Ruto, graced the event's seventh day, where bright minds unveiled pioneering solutions addressing the intersection of cyber security and the Blue Economy. The summit's focus on this vital crossroads between technology and marine conservation came to fruition following the resounding success of the Hackathon event held on October 26th.
Under the guidance of Joylynn Kirui, Senior Cloud Security Advocate at Microsoft, the youth showcased innovations aimed at combating environmental pollution, tackling cyberbullying, and enhancing marketing strategies in the context of the Blue Economy.
Ms. Ruto, a passionate advocate for youth empowerment and digital security, shared her own experiences, underlining the critical importance of embracing cybersecurity in Kenya. "Cybersecurity builds our digital infrastructure and creates a secure environment that nurtures innovation," she emphasized.
She emphasized the need for widespread advocacy, campaigns, mentorship, education, and inclusivity for people with disabilities in the cybersecurity space. "It will be of immense benefit to society when we begin advocating, campaigning, and educating the public about the significance of cybersecurity. I would also strongly recommend including people with disabilities in this important journey," she concluded.
Recognizing the essential role of public-private partnerships in fostering youth-driven innovation and combating unemployment, the County Executive Committee Member for Education and ICT in Kilifi County, Felkin Ndena, encouraged collaboration between the government and the private sector.
Ndena further implored the youth to harness their creativity to address the fundamental issues plaguing society. "Youth should observe the core problems affecting our communities and devise practical solutions. Our doors are open, and potential customers are eager to embrace the solutions," he declared.
The Blue Economy Innovation and Investment Summit not only showcased the immense talent and dedication of Kenya's youth but also illustrated how their innovations can play a pivotal role in safeguarding our precious Blue Economy. As these ambitious young minds harness the power of technology, the future of the Blue Economy looks more secure and promising than ever before.