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Building a vibrant and resilient national innovation ecosystem

Emerging technologies for a digital economy

Supporting and linking grassroot innovations to the economic development agenda

Skills, research & Development for a resilient digital economy

Making Innovation Work Better for Women & Girls

Green Innovations for a resilient economy

About Innovation Week Tanzania.

Innovation Week is a free platform that hosts a week-long series of collaborative events and exhibitions in Tanzania, curated by the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH), in partnership with other innovation stakeholders, and with hitherto the support from the UKAid. This year, HDIF and COSTECH are joined by another strategic partner, UNDP, to bring to you another eventful and impactful week, and make the Innovation Week Tanzania as sustainable as it can be.


The Innovation Week as a platform has steadily grown from the modest start in 2015 with around 500 attendees to 2020 with over 7,000 and a more national outlook. The event has provided a platform to many innovators to be seen, more stakeholders to forge meaningful partnerships, a lot of knowledge to be shared, numerous innovative initiatives to be showcased and key policy related issues to be discussed. In short, it has been a powerful and very popular event in the Tanzanian Innovation Ecosystem.

Why Innovation Week Tanzania?

The purpose of Innovation Week is to provide space for innovators, policymakers, funders, researchers, and other players in the innovation ecosystem to share what they have been working on,  learn from and inspire each other, collaborate across sectors, and transform Tanzania through the scaling of innovation. The Week aims at inspiring the current and future leaders in Tanzania to take risks on new ideas, collaborate across sectors, and transform Tanzania using innovation. We have constantly seen that when stakeholders come together, formidable partnerships can be formed and positively impact innovators and the innovation ecosystem.


Innovation Week events and exhibitions continue to be some of the most influential, educative and relevant platforms to share learnings and best practices on how to use technology and innovation for economic and social development.

key dates

The Dar es Salaam edition will mainly bring together private sector stakeholders, development partners, policymakers, academic institutions, and Dar-based innovators to design and host events in line with their areas of work and take part in the exhibitions to showcase their innovations.

The Capital City Edition will be centered around the climax or the National Competition for Science, Technology and Innovation, also known as MAKISATU2021, organized and led by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST). MAKISATU is a platform that give a chance to grassroot innovators from all over the country to showcase their innovations stand a chance to win awards and be supported to develop their prototypes further.


Besides the exhibitions by MAKISATU finalists, the grand opening and closing ceremonies that will be officiated by senior Government Leaders, the Dodoma edition of the innovation week 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.

In other regions, the platform will be organised and led by local ecosystem stakeholders. The content will be designed and driven to align to the theme and relevance to the local context.   The other proposed regions (locations) with innovation partners who hosted previous events, or have expressed to host IWTz2021 events are:


Arusha | Ifakara (New location) | Iringa | Mbeya | Mwanza (New region) | Tanga (New region) | Zanzibar


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