This year, IWTz2022 is jointly being organized by UNDP Tanzania through the Funguo Innovation Programme (FUNGUO) and Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) under the coordination of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST).
The grand finale of IWTz2022 is scheduled to take place in Dodoma from 15th to 20th May 2022 marked with the climax of the National Competition for Science, Technology and Innovation, also known as MAKISATU
Besides the exhibitions by MAKISATU finalists and other innovation stakeholders, the grand opening and closing ceremonies that will be officiated by senior Government Leaders, the grand finale of IWTz2022 will also see other ecosystem partners design and host events such as workshops, conferences, etc, to target the MAKISATU exhibitors, policy makers and the general public
MAKISATU is an initiative organized and led by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST). This platform gives chance to grassroot innovators from all over the country to showcase their innovations and stand a chance to win awards and be supported to develop their prototypes further. The events in MAKISATU usually precede the Innovation Week Tanzania and the climax takes place alongside the grand finale of the Innovation Week Tanzania
The main ceremony and events will be held in Dodoma during the week of 15th to 20th May 2022. However, in response to the call made last year by the Prime Minister, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa, during the closing ceremony of IWTz2021, IWTz2022 activities will be happening across the country. These regional or local innovation week events will take place during the weeks preceding the main IWTz2022 and will be branded according to their location (e.g., IWTz2022 – Dar Edition; IWTz2022 – Iringa Edition, etc)
Last year, innovation week activities took place in 9 different locations. These were Dodoma, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Morogoro (Ifakara), Iringa, Mbeya, Mwanza, Tanga and Zanzibar. It is expected that this year the coverage will go to at least 15 (6 new locations), and this number will keep on increasing until the whole of Tanzania has been covered.
For Dar es Salaam region, events will start one week before the grand event in Dodoma ie. one week before the 15th of May, 2022
In places other than Dar es Salaam, the coordination will be led by local innovation ecosystem players such as innovation hubs, in partnership with Community Development Officers, academic institutions and other organizations willing to partner with them. The platform will of course be open for any stakeholder to organize and run an event during the dates that will be communicated by relevant coordinating bodies. The content will be designed and driven to align with the theme and relevance to the local context.