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IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS CITIZENS DO. THAT’S WHAT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. MY LITTLE THING IS PLANTING TREES.

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PROF. WANGARI MAATHAI

in partnership with

KPMG

THE GALA

You are invited to a gala dinner in recognition of this year’s competition finalists. The #MyLittleBigThing gala is scheduled
to be a premier networking event for business and sustainability professionals. No other celebration of this kind brings together senior leaders from such a diverse array of industry sectors, government, the university community and civil society organizations that are the key influencers and decision makers within the sustainability conversation.

Join us at Villa Rosa Kempinski on January 31st 2018.

MPESA Till No: 349962

The Top 15 Finalists

Out of hundreds of participants, 15 names were shortlisted:

Name of Participant University
Amos Godwin Njiraini USIU-Africa
Nyamwange Sam Kenyatta University
Winfred Abuyabo Mukonzo Maseno University
Stephen Mwongela Moses University of Eldoret
Karani Kihonge Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Nick Waithaka Muhiu Egerton University
Wanjeri Millicent Loice University of Nairobi
Elvis Ochwal University of Nairobi
John Hastin Gichia Kiurire Kenyatta University
Odhiambo O. Gaylord Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Nyabwa James Ochuka University of Eldoret
Wainaina Mary Wambui University of Nairobi
Immaculate Wanjiku University of Nairobi
Wafula Moses Wangwa Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Mwendwa Kevin Maingi Mwendwa Strathmore University

‘My Little Big Thing’ SDGs Campaign, is a competition is challenging university students to develop simple ideas that are commercially viable that will contribute to the implementation of the SDGs in Kenya. Running from May 2017, the competition targets undergraduate students from all universities and polytechnics across Kenya.

Eric Omondi's Little Big Thing

Popular Comedian, Eric Omondi is the campaign ambassador for the My Little Big Thing Sustainability Innovation Challenge.  His ‘Little Big Thing’, is recycling vegetable oil for biodiesel production.  He is recycling cooking oil to fuel his car. Eric wants to scale up this idea into a business by starting his own cooking oil petrol station by participating in the ‘My Little Big Thing’ challenge.

TIMELINE OF ACTIVITIES

LAUNCH

The competition was launched on 10th May 2017 at a media event proudly sponsored by Simba Corporation who hosted the event at the Aspire Centre in Westlands, Nairobi. The event was also sponsored by Blaze by Safaricom who got an opportunity to address the audience of about100 guests consisting of media, the university community and other campaign sponsors and partners. Partners KPMG & Cambridge University also spoke at the event with the campaign ambassador, comedian Eric Omondi, entertaining the guests.

MEDIA & PRINT

The launch was published in The Standard, on page 43, under the topic Higher Education corporate scene. It was also published in The Nairobian & Business Daily under the pictorial section.

The launch of #MyLittleBigThing was featured on Ebru TV and on HBR Radio.

UNIVERSITY ACTIVATIONS

We had campaign activations at USIU, JKUAT, Riara and Strathmore and Catholic University. Sponsors such as P&G and ArtCaffe engaged with the students during the activations and the campaign ambassador, Eric Omondi entertained the students visiting our promotion desk and encouraged them to register. We also engaged with students via their social media pages as a nationwide lecturers’ strike hampered planning for more activations.

BUSINESS SKILLS TRAINING & JUDGING

A total of 144 entries were made. 15 candidates from the following universities were short-listed for the business skills training: USIU Africa, Maseno, University of Eldoret, Strathmore, JKUAT, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta & Egerton University. This was moderated by KPMG. The training included presentation skills, patents and copyrights and social media marketing. The business skills training was sponsored by Simba Corporation who provided the Aspire Centre’s training facilities for the day. The judges looked at eligibility and evaluation of all the entries based on quality of the idea, impact and commercial viability.

THE WINNERS

Seven students were vying for 3 slots in The Cambridge University Sustainability Practitioners’ Program that will be held in Intundla, South Africa in August. The 7 are from University of Eldoret, UoN, USIU, KU, Maseno, Egerton and JKUAT. Each was given a social media budget to promote their idea on social media so as to gain votes. We supported their efforts using the following social media strategy. The public voted and 3 winners emerged.

The Winning Innovations

Amos Njiraini - USIU Africa
Sam Nyamwange - Kenyatta University
Winfred Abuyabo - Maseno University

WINNERS TRIP TO SA

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