Strathmore University

2023 Ideas Festival

Theme 2023: Caring for People and Planet: Innovation for a Sustainable Future

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About Us

Strathmore University conceived the Ideas Festival in 2022 as it sought to create an annual event that will bring together students(Undergraduate and postgraduate) and Staff members of Strathmore University, to share their ideas or research and celebrate their collaborations. The Inaugural Ideas Festival which took place in December 2022, saw over forty submissions to the call for ideas with 9 presentations making it to the finals under the theme ‘Making SU work for everyone’. It was attended by over 300 participants from Strathmore University and other universities

“We want to mainstream research and Innovation in our university. We aim for students to be able to research on the first day of school because we will instill a culture of research and innovation, a culture of being excited about solving problems.”
Prof Izael Da Silva, DVC Research and Innovation, during the launch of the Strathmore Ideas Festival.

Taking into account this year’s theme of “Caring for people and planet’, Ideas Festival 2023 will be keen on bringing innovation and entrepreneurship to bear on global sustainability challenges. The festival therefore will not only emphasize interdisciplinary research and collaboration but also challenge students to confront complex global challenges and make the world a better place through research, learning, and innovation.

The festival aims to bring together some of the most free-spirited and bold individuals calling out challenges and morphing them into unprecedented opportunities. Together, through research, learning, and innovation, we will create a world where care for both people and the planet is at the heart of every endeavor. The Ideas Festival will continue to be the catalyst that propels us toward a brighter and more sustainable tomorrow.

For many years to come, they will be people shaping the content.



Students and Youth Research Attendees

Connect with students and youth who are driving innovation and learn how they are gaining insights into the latest research

Idea Incubation

Get mentorship/opportunity to get your business Incubated

Sustainability cognizance

Educate the public and raise awareness about the importance of sustainability and how individuals and organizations can contribute to protecting the environment.

Thought-Provocative discussions

Participate in provocative discussions around sustainability, Entrepreneurship, and environmental trends.

Collaboration and Partnership

Encourage undergraduate students to engage one another, and with senior researchers, to improve both the scope and quality of their work

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Promote entrepreneurship by encouraging students to develop innovative solutions to global sustainability challenges and supporting the commercialization of these solutions.


Frequently Asked Questions

To foster collaboration and innovation, all submissions MUST be made in a group of up to three members.

The Ideas Festival aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration within Strathmore University, so we encourage applications from groups with members from different schools or departments within the university

We encourage diversity in group compositions. You can have two members from the same school and one from a different school, or all three members from different schools within Strathmore University.

Your ideas should align with the event theme: ‘Caring for People and Planet: Innovation for a Sustainable Future.’ We invite you to explore the list of topics that fit your innovation or invention by scanning the QR code on the poster. Feel free to work on any inspiring idea within this theme.

The non-refundable participation fees for the first round of presentations are as follows: SU alumni – KES 2,000, SU Masters students – KES 1,000, and SU undergraduate students – KES 500.

Work with us

Have a research idea in mind?