All for Joomla All for Webmasters
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 00:00

Up Accelerate Cycle II Boot camp

Written by

Up Accelerate is a one-year initiative implemented by Outbox in partnership with UNFPA and funding from UKAID. It seeks to support young entrepreneurs aged 18 - 30 years that are tackling challenges in sexual and reproductive health in Uganda by providing them with mentorship and seed funding of up-to ​$10,000 per team and business development training.

The Up Accelerate initiative was developed with support from the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance and launched in November 2016 to run until October 2017. The program seeks to support up-to eight (8) startup companies develop their solutions into market ready, scalable and sustainable businesses. Four teams were selected to participate in the first Up Accelerate incubation process. Due to the success of the first initiative, Outbox launched the next call for applications to the second cycle (II). This process involved the identification of opportunity areas the innovators should address, the sourcing and recruitment of applicants through activities that included marketing, boot camps and pitching. 

The College of Computing and IS hosted the 4-hour workshop on Monday 10th April 2017. The boot camp was led Mr. Solomon Opio (Capacity Development Lead, Outbox) who introduced himself and laid out the objectives and expectations of the boot camp to the participants.

Some of the objectives of boot camp included:

  • Sensitizing and mobilizing young entrepreneurs on the Up Accelerate program process;
  • Enabling participants, understand the challenges from the perspective of the end beneficiaries and stakeholders, so that they can act upon them through concept generation.
  • Some of the expectations of the Bootcamp included:
  • Participants developing an understanding of the challenge areas from the perspective of various stakeholders and end beneficiaries;
  • Participants identifying opportunities for change in relation to the challenges identified.

Also shared with the participants were the Up Accelerate Cycle II Challenges whereby a challenge is an area that will have a significant change or impact on the Uganda Health care system. For example;

  • How might we improve demand and access to essential maternal health medicines and supplies in Uganda?
  • How might we improve the use of data in health care planning, monitoring and delivering?

Concluding the workshop, a debrief on lessons learned and a survey were given to each participant to be able to allow the facilitator’s get feedback about the program.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 00:00

EDULINK II Project

Written by

Makerere University is an implementation partner of the EDULINK II project entitled “Deploying Interactive Online Networking Platform for Improving Quality and Relevance of African University Graduates to Labor Markets”. The EDULINK project member institutions include; Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya), Egerton University (Kenya), RUFORUM (Uganda), and Makerere University (Uganda). The main objective of the project is to see how technology can be used to track graduate supervision and examination and as a result, the project partners developed a Graduate Network Platform.

The College of Computing and IS hosted the team from the EDULINK II Project on the 11th and 12th April 2017. The team from Kenya comprised of Dr. James O. Owuoche PhD., (Project Lead, Egerton University), Mr. Nicholas Kimolo, (Associate Partner, Futuristic Ltd), and Mr. Emmanuel Muthui (Software Developer, Futuristic Ltd.). 

The team was welcomed by the Principal, Prof. Constant Okello-Obura who was happy to receive and host them on behalf of Makerere University. During the meeting, the Principal was given an update on the status of the project and the implementation strategies for its future deployment at Makerere University. He also pledged his and the College’s support towards ensuring the project’s success.

The main purpose of the visit by the project team from Kenya was to demonstrate the developed Online Graduate Mentoring and Supervision System (i-OGMSS) to key stakeholders. The stakeholders included representatives from the graduate students, supervisors (Senior lecturers and Heads of Departments), and administrators (Directorate of ICT Services, Directorate of Research & Graduate Training etc.) of Makerere University.

The EDULink team received positive feedback about the system specially on how the system will ease and simplify the work of the stakeholders and in closing Dr. E. Mwebaze (Senior Lecturer) appreciated the system that the team from Kenya developed and thanked them for making the trip to Uganda.

Refer to the attached report and links for additional details on the workshop and i-OGMSS system.

GRADUATE SCHOOL MAIN SYSTEM
 
STUDENT PORTAL (You may register yourself as a student)
 
SUPERVISOR PORTAL (You may register a supervisor)

 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:00

Software Systems Center Interaction Series II

Written by

The 2nd edition of the SSC Interactive Series took place on 7th April 2017 and the guest speaker was Mr. Derrick Etuusa who is currently the Director Products and Solutions at Huawei (U). He oversees the latest trends and innovations in the ICT and telecom sector while working closely with Enterprise and Government institutions to stay ahead in this new technological era.

During his presentation, Mr. Etuusa took time to highlight on some of Huawei’s strategic approaches and areas of focus for the Uganda market in the next 10 years. Some of the areas included;

A new standard to improve user experience and satisfy user demands in every industry through an initiative called ROADS;

  • R: Real-time (a one-click-away service which allows users to enjoy a new service in just seconds).
  • O: On-demand (users can customize their own services based on their needs).
  • A: All-online (users have access to online services/entertainment etc.).
  • D: Do It Yourself (users participate in the development of services).
  • S: Social networking platforms that allow users to share experiences, insights, and provide feedback).

Ensuring that 75% of the population have access to broadband solutions that can guarantee speed and reliability.

Increase the number of smart devices on the market especially with the advent of internet of things.

Ensure that all companies embrace the use Cloud computing services.

Partner with different institutions in Uganda to improve on the research and development strategy that is primarily focused in China at the moment. E.g. the introduction of the Huawei's Seeds for the Future program.

He also spoke about his experiences within the ICT industry in Uganda where he noticed that people are not willing to adapt and embrace technology that is readily available to them. Some of the student participants in the series were also encouraged by him to learn as much as possible in ICT and were advised to not specialize so as to stay relevant within the ICT industry.

In closing the organizer of the SSC interactive series Dr. Benjamin Kanagwa thanked all the participants who took time out to attend the event. He specifically thanked Mr. Etuusa for honoring the invitation by issuing him with a Certificate of appreciation and welcoming him to return again for another series.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:00

Research and Grants Training Workshop

Written by

The College will be hosting a two day

RESEARCH and GRANTS TRAINING WORKSHOP

with the 

THEME: RESEARCH WRITING (BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS AND LINKAGES)

at 

CoCIS BLOCK A - CONFERENCE ROOM,

from the 18TH - 19TH April 2017  (starting at 10 am - 1 pm both days).

Attached is a programme for the workshop.

 

Monday, 03 April 2017 00:00

Bootcamp

Written by

How to create meaningful solutions using Human Centered Design.

 

Monday, 03 April 2017 00:00

Interaction Series

Written by

The Software Systems Center interaction series is organizing the second presentation by:

Mr. Derrick Etuusa , Director ; Products and Solutions,  Huawei  Technologies Uganda Co. Ltd

7th April @ 11 am Software Systems Center located at Level 3, Block B, SCIT 

PROFILE 

Holds a BEng. Telecommunications from Kyambogo Unversity and CCNA  plus a number of Certifications from training at  Huawei.

His career started at MTN Uganda where he was a Data systems support engineer and then joined Huawei Technologies Network Technology Department. Over the years  I have supported a number of major projects in their implementation stages in MTN, Airtel and Africell (Orange then) as a FSE for Wireless and Data communications expert. In 2015 , moved to Transmission Engineer, before moving onto Project Management in 2016 where he was in charge of the National Backbone Infrastructure Project Phase 3 and its successful completion, in addition to other projects in MTN and Airtel.

Currently he is the Director Products and Solutions in charge of overseeing latest trends and innovations in the ICT and Telecom sector , working closely with Enterprise and Government institutions to stay ahead in this new Technological era.

If you want to improve your understanding of IT/Software Industry, if you are looking for practical research problems in IT/Software, if you are looking for industry partners in IT/Software or if your looking for something related to software/IT/Research and industry then be there on 7th April 2017.

About the Software Systems Center (SSC)- The software systems center (formerly Software Engineering Research Group) is research outfit that seeks to conduct empirical/practical research & innovations in the areas of software engineering and related disciplines. Empirical research is based on actual industry practice and therefore  SSC has strong and continues to build strong industry partnerships  of mutual interest. Please find SSC  at  CIT,  Block B, Level 3 for more details.

We are aiming at manageable audiences to facilitate in-depth discussions between researchers and the industry leaders. Please confirm your attendance by replying to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. such that we can plan for you. Thank you.

Monday, 03 April 2017 00:00

Summer Schools 2017

Written by
The Software Systems Center, under the SIDA BRIGHT Project shall be organizing Summer Schools on the areas of Software Engineering and Digital Innovation. The summer schools are scheduled as follows:
  • School 1: Sept 25 - 30, 2017 
  • School 2: April 16 - 21, 2018
The summer schools will be targeting Phd Students in Makerere and within Africa, particularly in the East African Region. 
Details to be communicated at a later date.
Friday, 31 March 2017 00:00

CoCIS hosts Paul Maritz

Written by

On the 20th March 2017 the College hosted Mr. Paul Maritz (Former VP of Microsoft and CEO of VMWare). He got a tour of School of Computing and IT (SCIT) facilities (i.e. lecture rooms, computer labs etc.) and visited ongoing projects e.g. WIMEA-ICT project, Software Systems Center (SSC), Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab, Microsoft Incubation Lab etc.

He also had the opportunity to meet with College Management (Principal, Deans, HODs & Heads of units) who gave a general presentation about the College (past, present, and future). The research and teaching carried out at the College was also discussed as well as future possible collaborations.

Mr. Maritz ended his visit by viewing undergraduate student’s projects, meeting with other key researchers at College and exchanging current ICT trends with several key tech personnel from the industry e.g. Outbox, Yo! (U) Ltd. etc.

Friday, 31 March 2017 00:00

Software Systems Center Interaction Series

Written by

The Software Systems Center (SSC) has organized several series of interactions with key IT/Software industry leaders. The aim of the presentations (series) is to provide a platform where research meets industry. In these presentations the guests discuss challenges, progress and status on pressing Software/IT industry issues. The researchers identify research gaps and partner with the industry to address these gaps. 

The guests are carefully selected based on exposure and practical experiences. The first presentation was by Mr. Vijay Kamumuru - Managing Director of Sybyl Ltd (formerly Computer Point LTD) one of the pioneer IT/Software companies in Uganda. and took place on 10th March 2017.

The Software Systems Center (formerly Software Engineering Research Group) is research outfit that seeks to conduct empirical/practical research & innovations in the areas of software engineering and related disciplines. Empirical research is based on actual industry practice and therefore SSC has strong and continues to build strong industry partnerships of mutual interest.

If you want to improve your understanding of IT/Software Industry, find practical research problems in IT/Software, identify industry partners in IT/Software or something related to software/IT/Research and industry find SSC at CoCIS, Block B, Level 3 for more details.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 00:00

Cisco Netriders Competition

Written by

There is a yet another chance for our Cisco students to register and compete with their peers worldwide in Netriders Skills Competition.

Overview

Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders IT skills competitions are a great opportunity for students and alumni in Africa to showcase their networking abilities, learn valuable new IT skills, and gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing ICT and networking field.

We will be running 3 levels of competition in Africa. At all three levels, the majority of the questions deal with technical skills but there will be some questions about Internet of Things (IoT) and career soft skills.

  • CCNA - geared toward CCNA certifications and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the 3rd or 4th CCNA course
  • CCENT - geared toward CCENT certifications and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the 1st or 2nd CCNA course
  • IT Essentials - geared toward the IT Essentials course and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the IT Essentials course

Eligibility Information

For all the eligibility requirements and rules of an individual students can download the Rules PDF and FAQ files for the competition they are interested in. A few things to note about competition elibility:

  • Students must be currently or recently enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Discovery, CCNA Exploration or IT Essentials course in a country in Africa
  • Students represent the Cisco Networking Academy and therefore the country where they are currently enrolled or most recently completed a CCNA or IT Essentials course
  • Students must live in a country in Africa
  • Students may not compete in both CCNA and CCENT competitions in a calendar year
  • Students may only compete in CCNA and CCENT two times and in IT Essentials one time, so we recommend students are strategic in selecting the best year to compete in each level of competition based on courses enrolled in or recently completed and all other eligibility rules

Prizes

Prizes are awarded at the end of Round Two for CCENT and IT Essentials and at the end of Round Three for CCNA.

The grand prize for CCNA is a one week study trip to USA fully paid funded for the top student in the region.

See the poster and brochure attached for more details. 

Registration will be open from Wednesday, 15 February 2017 through Friday, 21 April 2017.

Page 1 of 10

Get In Touch

 

Top
We use cookies to improve our website. By continuing to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. More details…