About the Innovation HUB
In August 2017, Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), an NGO, working to restore peace and stability in the Niger Delta partnered with the Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation (KSWF) to create the Ken Saro-Wiwa innovation Hub (KSIH) in Port-Harcourt- the largest city in Niger Delta and capital of Rivers State. The KSIH is a building facility intended to test and support the growth of livelihood opportunities in digital and online technology by providing training, infrastructure, and mentoring to Niger Delta youths. Since its inception, the KSIH has initiated and hosted over a hundred workshops on subjects ranging from green technology, environmental sustainability, coding for websites, etc. Some Workshop participants have returned to KSIH to volunteer their time and pass on the skills they’ve acquired to new attendees. The KSIH serves as a bridge for central to local environmentalists and artists, peer-led tech groups to meet up to share and develop their skills with one another. KSIH is supporting a thriving tech community in Port-Harcourt community in Port Harcourt with internet, lighting, constant electricity supply, working stations, etc. to Niger Delta youths to express themselves freely who may otherwise struggle to access alternative livelihood opportunities in the city.
KSIH has actively sought to ensure women’s participation in the technology hub, overcoming additional barriers women face due to gender stereotypes and patriarchal norms that exclude women from seeking their own livelihood in digital technology.
The KSIH supports business ideas to solve local, social and environmental challenges via technological innovation. Each year, business ideas are competitively pitched to a panel of judges who award the top four participants with the Ken Jr Award which comprises an all-inclusive rent-free office space, teleconferencing, and mentoring to support the winning business ideas to become viable businesses that cater for the livelihoods of families and the community. Lastly, the achievements of the KSIH in Port Harcourt and its Potential to impact the lives of the youth of the Niger Delta and beyond has been noticed by Facebook, Inc. Who recently entered into a Partnership with the KSIH.