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The Greenhouse Innovation Sessions Go Live in Kenya

World Wide Fund for Nature-Kenya (WWF-Kenya) pioneer Innovation program,  – PandaLabs launched The Greenhouse Sessions in Nairobi,  what is going to be a bi-monthly gathering of influential business leaders, passionate change-makers, experts and people curious to understand how we can leverage emerging technology to save the planet. The events will be actualized in  collaboration with Innovation Hubs in Nairobi and Corporate partners.
Panda Labs supported startups had the grand opportunity to pitch their ideas to the public for the first time at  Amani Institute:
Ndovu Care: founded by four high school students from Taita Taveta county: Sandra Maryanne, Joyce Mtoto, Macrina Antonia and Nancy Mburu, the innovation focuses on alert systems warning resident’s communities around the Tsavo National Park who have been plagued by elephants straying into their farms and homes. The students highlighted how residents are always caught unawares whenever the jumbos invade their villages, killing people and destroying property. Our hope is that this Innovation can curtail human wildlife conflict in the area. 
 Ukwenza VR founded by Njeri Ndonga and Christine Nyambura are using  Virtual Reality technology for conservation education to engage young people in environmental conservation.
Tiriki Tropical Bamboo Nursery: Victor Mwanga Shiribwa highlighted the importance of bamboo farming and how it can help Kenya increase its forest cover to the minimum 10% requirement.

GrynKulture: Can behavior change communication campaign lead us to proper waste disposal?  This was the conversation around #Naigreen project whose aim is  to help the public keep Nairobi green.
During the event selected speakers further tackled the question; is nature fighting back humanity? Gautam Shah Founder,  Internet of Elephants  illustrated  how the company has built technology to influence collective desires about wildlife conservation, by bringing the wild to users’ phones through augmented-reality games that let users interact with wildlife  in their environment. The innovation was  voted by Fast Company as one of the most Innovative companies of 2018. 

The power of stories, immersive experiences, content capture and collaboration are used at the Greenhouse Sessions to  educate, inspire and create a framework for  collaboration.

“There is a lot of potential. It is good to know that there are people coming up with great conservation ideas." Agnete Winther - WWF- Denmark

Why does it matter?
Innovators for conservation can only thrive with a vibrant and safe space for innovation, both virtual and physical, for social and environmental innovation, focused to attract high impact partnerships, with a robust methodology.  WWF-Kenya PandaLabs is that space. The decentralised innovation accelerator, supports, new tech and market-based solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals, by scaling up innovative solutions to big environmental challenges and building creative, future-focused solutions with people and nature at the centre.