The 3rd Mining 4i Event was informed by the need to shift focus to these communities with a view to showcasing their innovations and having them share experiences. Young innovators from various institutions in Kenya and community representatives were given a chance to plug into the four pillars of Mining 4i namely: information, investment, innovation, and interaction. The event saw a convergence of stakeholders in the mining, oil and gas with representatives from the government, mining companies, the Kenya Chamber of Mines, civil society organizations, law firms, and academic institutions. Key sponsors included Atlas Copco and Acacia Mining. Four innovations were evaluated and advised during the deliberations. The best innovator, Audrey Mulama, was given a monetary prize by SEIC and Kipya Africa as an incentive to transform the idea into a final business product, and to encourage other prospective young innovators (such as the JKUAT and Taita University students who were in attendance).
award would go into the Development Fund, which was launched during the 3rd
Mining 4i Event for successful innovators to develop their mining ideas and
make them a reality. The Fund will be governed by SEIC and Kipya Africa.