President Kenyatta joins Irish Ambassador at opening of Young Scientists Kenya exhibition in Nairobi

Vincent O'Neill and Uhuru Kenyatta
Dr Vincent O'Neill and President Uhuru Kenyatta at the inaugural Young Scientists Kenya exhibition in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/muteithiack

Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Dr Vincent O’Neil, joined President Uhuru Kenyatta during yesterday’s opening of the inaugural Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) National Science and Technology Exhibition at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.

YSK, a unique platform in East Africa for young people from across Kenyan counties to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents, has received support from the Irish Embassy in partnership with the Kenyan government leading up to today’s showcase event.

YST Kenya exhibition
YST Kenya Chairman Dr. Kevit Desai, Dr Vincent O’Neill and Nana Gecaga KICC CEO after the opening of the exhibition in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/YSTKenya

Professor Tony Scott, the founder of Young Science and Technology Exhibition in Dublin was also in attendance for the inaugural Kenyan event.

The visiting students from Ireland, who have been exploring some of the projects supported by Concern Worldwide were also in attendance.

184 students from 81 schools entered 92 projects for the exhibition and over 15 awards will be won at the event.

Speaking at the launch, President Kenyatta who accepted the invitation to become a YSK patron, said he was “beyond impressed” by the innovations he had seen, adding: “Young Scientists Kenya has provided an opportunity to harness new ideas that will help us tap into technology in order to curb the challenges we face within our economic capacity.”

Vincent O'Neill at Young Scientist Kenya exhibition
Dr Vincent O’Neill speaking at the opening of the Young Scientist Kenya exhibition. Photo: Twitter/YSTKenya

Addressing the audience at the event, Dr O’Neill said: “I’m delighted the Government of Kenya is fully supporting the introduction of Young Scientists Kenya as the premier inter-schools competition for Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM) in the country”

The National Science and Technology Exhibition closes later today.