Meta brings together young Kenyan leaders at inaugural Youth Summit

BlackRhino VR representative taking a participant through the VR experience during the Meta Youth Summit

Meta has held its first Youth Summit in Nairobi, bringing together young leaders under the age of 40, in a day aimed at inspiring, educating and connecting the future Kenyan political and civic leaders of tomorrow.

Curated as an immersive experience, the Youth Summit, part of an initiative dubbed ‘Youth and Politics’, was a one-day event at the Sarit Center in Nairobi, where young leaders were able to experience first-hand key Meta technologies including artificial reality/ virtual reality done in conjunction with Black Rhino VR, a digital production company;  as well as diving into the Metaverse the next evolution of digital connection.

Also focused on educating participants around Meta’s investments and commitments ahead of the Kenya elections, visitors were provided with a deep dive into areas such as safety and privacy, and Meta’s ongoing work in supporting civic engagement.

Participants attending the Meta Youth Summit going through VR experience
Participants attending the Meta Youth Summit going through VR experience

Commenting on the event, Meta Public Policy Director for East and Horn of Africa Mercy Ndegwa said, “At Meta we’re committed to empowering youth and creating spaces for connection and open dialogue. As our first Youth and Politics initiative here in Kenya, our aim was to create a fun, engaging yet educational environment, enabling these young leaders of tomorrow to leave with the skills and digital know-how in being able to amplify their reach, understand the tools available, whilst experiencing immersive technologies that help people connect, find communities and grow businesses and audiences.”


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