The infrastructure sector is expected to play a pivotal role in steering Kenya’s economy towards a middle-income level as envisaged in vision 2030. Furthermore, owing to the second Medium Term Plan(MTPII) under the theme: “Deploying world class infrastructure facilities and service”, the strategies adopted for the successful improvement of transport and infrastructure both at county and national government have brought both achievements to the sector as well as challenges that continue to plague the transport sector. Thus, a working group was set up to develop a data community that was tasked in developing a framework for development data that would among others enable individuals and organizations to actively engage in local decisions that impact on local communities.
In line with this a meeting held on November 2016 that brought together directors from the public and private sectors in the transport industry agreed on priority actions concerning data and sustainable transport at a national level and thus the Ennova III ideation challenge on Transport and critical infrastructure was brought to light.
This Ennova III Ideation Challenge will focus on Goal 9 and 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals (Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities and Communities). It will seek to improve sustainable development applied to the transport system thus promoting linkages between environmental protection, economic efficiency and social progress. The policy leads from Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) posed the challenges associated with existing data, highlighting data gaps to assist participants to develop proto-types and experimental approaches and tools.
The Ennova III Ideation Challenge will bring together technology experts, policy makers, data scientists and innovators to collaborate in catalyzing collection, analysis and use of open data, by creating tools, platforms and visualizations for use by decision-makers.