4IR & Digital Transformation Summit

About the Summit

The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), driven by a range of powerful technologies, offers unprecedented opportunities as well as significant risks to global, regional and national socio-economic development. Africa and the world are experiencing unprecedented digital transformation, where the Fourth Industrial Revolution and advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, genetic engineering, quantum computing and other technologies, are rapidly transforming how we live, communicate, lean and work. The Kenya Innovation Week 2022, under the theme, “Connecting Innovation GLocally” track on the fourth industrial revolution and digital transformation, will focus on 1) Infrastructure in the 4th Industrial Revolution 2) New and Emerging Terrains of Technology 4) Agile Governance: Governing in the era of uncertainty and finally, 5) Public Service leadership and Innovation.

Target Audience

Angel Investors Kenya Revenue Authority Private Sector BMOs All KIW Delegates Startups Counties Venture Capitalists All ecosystem actors
Thematic Track Leader

Philip Thigo

Senior Director - Thunderbird School of Global Management



On Day 2, the 4IR and Digital Transformation Summit will run concurrently to the other 5 summits.
Day 1 (6 Dec, 2022) will have sessions running in series in one venue (Plenary). The 6 tracks are accommodated running in series. View Day 1 on Main Programme

  • 09.05 am - 09.20 am

  • Emerging terrain in the 4th Industrial Revolution

    The 4th Industrial Revolution is rapidly transformation how we live, learn, work and communicate. These emerging technologies are a constantly changing and evolving. Artificial Intelligence (Ai), Block Chain, Cryptocurrency and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are emerging as areas of experimentation and application in real world situations. This keynote will explore these new terrain and opportunities.

  • 09.25 am - 10.15 am

  • Agile governance in the era of uncertainty

    Emerging technologies are shifting power away from governments towards companies and non-state actors, therefore challenging the traditional model of governance. The session will explore threats challenges and prospects of agile governance and ways in which we can re-imagine governance in this era of uncertainty through a multi-stakeholder approach.

  • 10.20 am - 11.20 am

  • Future of Government and Innovation

    Innovation is increasingly being viewed as the heart of good public administration both globally and regionally. The session will open up a debate on the Future of Government and innovation in public service, reality, myths an opportunity for public service innovation leadership and action.

  • 11.25 am - 12.15 pm

  • Infrastructure of the 4IR

    This session will explore how internet infrastructure has been developed to enhance value added services, beyond connectivity for connectivity sake. It will showcase examples on gamification, scaling online education and connecting hard to reach communities with knowledge services.


The intended objectives of the track will be to explore a dialogue between governments, civil society and industry on emerging technologies and digitalization for socio-economic development. The sessions are intended to:

  1. 1. Increase access to knowledge on 4IR, innovative policies and solutions for citizens, civil society, innovators (including access to jobs, opportunities and) and governments (including parliament and judiciary) that can enable new opportunities for transformation and growth.

  2. 2. Encourage proactive and responsible use emerging technologies for economic and social transformation at scale/down-scale as public goods, ushering a mindset of innovation and digital transformation with a purpose.

  3. 3. Evidence and learning generated from the dialogues, debates and use-cases are taken up by attendees of the conference