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The 2016-17 Big Ideas Contest Information session was conducted on Wednesday 12th October in the Incubation Lab, Block B, at the College of Computing and IS.

Big Ideas is an innovation contest that provides funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students who have creative solutions to address important social challenges. Since its founding in 2006, the competition has inspired over 1,300 student-led projects aimed at solving the world's most pressing problems. 

Ms. Deborah Naatujuna, Engagement Manager, Resilient Africa Network (RAN) and her team of interns conducted the two hour session that attracted approximately 50 students. They exchanged information about the available opportunities and advantages students would receive i.e.

  • Chance to win up to $18,000,
  • Extensive feedback from judges,
  • Access to proposal writing, budgeting,
  • Skills development workshops,
  • 6-week mentorship period for finalist teams etc.

Also mentioned were the various categories one could compete in i.e.

  • Financial Inclusion,
  • Food Systems,
  • Global Health,
  • Hardware for Good, and
  • Scaling up Big Ideas.

A previous winner and a current intern at RAN, Ms. Grace Nakibaala shared with participants her innovation the No Touch Pedal Tap: A free standing tap connection achieved by modifying the existing water tap system to create a no touch, cost effective solution. This is taking the tippy tap to another level to improve hand hygiene both in medical facilities and general public by removing the fear of contracting infection from touching the tap thus infection prevention and control. It is a free standing tap connection, an accessory that can be fitted on any tap anywhere.

Universities in US Agency for International Development’s Higher Education Solutions Network (College of William and Mary, Duke University, Makerere University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, University of California, Berkeley and Makerere University) are all eligible to compete in the 5 mentioned categories.

All that is required for one to participate is submission of a 3 page pre-proposal by 16th November 2016

For additional information please visit http://bigideas.berkeley.edu/ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Incubate your Problem Solution or Software Idea into a Job

  • Build and sell a mobile app.
  • Solve a business problem or Empower needy people.
  • Provide information people will pay for.

Join the Makerere Software Business Incubation Programme 

Introductory lecture, Business examples and Applications received on Thursday 13th October 2016, 5:00 pm, CoCIS Business Incubation Space, Block B, Level 6.

  • Open to all current students, recent graduates and staff.
  • Team applications (groups of 3 or 4) are preferred.
  • You may also apply as an individual – be ready to join a team!
  • Each team must be able to cover these skills with its members: software development, marketing and sales, project planning and execution, basics of business operations, fluency in writing.
  • Apply in person with your name, phone, email and course.
  • Expert training, coaching and contacts in biweekly meetings covering
    • Business entrepreneurship.
    • Introductions to prospective customers.
    • Software tools and prototype development.
    • Pitching business and financial plans.
  • Lectures run weekly during academic term Oct - Nov 2016 and Feb - April 2017
  • Incubators will be required to attend biweekly coaching meetings.

Two of the top incubators will travel to Canada for 2 weeks of further training in May 2017 with nearly 100% facilitation.

Please note that during the incubation programme a Programming Club/Clinic will be initiated. The clinic will take place on the 22nd October 2016 in the SBI Lab from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

The target audience is 1st and 2nd year students. Please endeavor to attend.

“A book provides one of the best ways of preserving valuable knowledge for the present and future generation. Research, ideas and knowledge presented in a book take on a tangible format for they can be read and referenced. “

Prof. Maria Musoke is a member of staff at the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS) who has authored a book titled: Informed and Healthy: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on the Value of Information to Health Care. This enlightening book uses a holistic inductive approach to highlight the value attributed to information by users and its effect on health care, as well as a new model of information behavior in which the value of information drives various information activities.

The high profile launch of the aforementioned book took place on the 27th of September 2016 in the Main Hall of Makerere University. Several high profile guests included the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who was represented by the Minister in Charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, Hon. Dr. Miria R. K. Matembe, the Supreme Court Justice Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, the Vice Chancellor Makerere University Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, the Deputy Principal College of Computing and IS Dr. Agnes Rwashana and other invited guests who attended the book launch to give support to Prof. Maria Musoke.

The book was published in June 2016 by the Academic Press of Elsevier; a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the book is available for purchase at ScienceDirect.com.

This book as noted by Prof. Grace Ndeezi, College of Health Sciences and Dr. Joyce Bukirwa Muwanguzi, College of Computing and IS is a valuable resource for health professionals, planners and policy makers, as well as information professionals, academics and researchers interested in health information and its applicability in different environments.

Profile

Prof. Maria Musoke is heralded as being the first Uganda woman to hold a PhD in Information Science, which she obtained from the University of Sheffield, UK. She also holds a Masters of Librarianship and Information Science from the University of Wales, UK. Her other honours include a Post-graduate Diploma in Librarianship, and a Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Education both from Makerere University.

Prof. Maria Musoke started off her career as Librarian Makerere University Main Library, before becoming Librarian, Albert Cook Medical library for 4years. She then rose Senior Librarian in charge of Acquisitions and processing of Medical literature, and Deputy Librarian in-charge of the Medical Library. She was thereafter appointed Senior Librarian in charge of Albert Cook Medical Library, and later Documentalist/Senior Librarian Makerere University Library. Prof. Maria Musoke was appointed University Librarian from 2004- 2009 and then re-appointed University Librarian January 2010 – January 2015.

Prof. Maria Musoke has over 30 publications to her name. Please kindly refer to the attached.

During the Book Launch, the Acting Principal - College of Computing and Information Sciences introduced the author Prof. Maria Musoke to the audience comprising renowned dignitaries, scholars,academicians, family members as well as students. Prof. Maria Musoke is a lady of many “firsts” in her academic life. Please kindly refer to the attached.

On April 12th, 2016 Google announced its commitment to train 1 million young people in Africa on digital skills in the next year, as part of their contribution to growing Africa’s digital economy. With an expected half a billion internet users in Africa by 2020, there are huge opportunities for African businesses and young digital entrepreneurs. If young people have the right skills, they can build businesses, create jobs and boost economic growth across the continent.

With this in mind the College of Computing and IS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Centum Learning Ltd. to address this issue and equip a million young Africans (18 ­ 35 years) with digital skills and tools to help them build an online presence, create content, understand web design and user experience, social media and app development.

Centum Learning Ltd.­ is a leading capacity building and digital education provider that has been sponsored by Google to deliver this training to youth across Africa as part of their Digital Skills for Africa initiative. Due to this sponsorship, the trainers and the content for training are offered to all participants free of charge.

The College of Computing and IS will be the first institution across Uganda to roll out this initiative on Digital Literacy for youth. The training will include some of the following modules; Introduction to the digital world; Marketing and digital marketing; How technology affects business; and Principles of the digital world.

According to the MOU Centum Learning Ltd. will be responsible for the following

  • Customize content as per level of target audience.
  • Conduct the Training.
  • Conduct Training of Trainers (TOT) for identified in-house training for sustainable training delivery in future.
  • Provide posters, banners and social media tags for communicating the program.
  • Ascertain adequacy of venue.

while the College of Computing and IS, Makerere University will;

  • Provide training venue, chairs and tables for the seating capacity.
  • Mobilize students/participants to attend (emails, sms to students/associates).
  • Provide audio /visual equipment - projector, screen etc.
  • Provide Security Guards/marshals (Male & Female) to restrict the unauthorized entry.

The training is scheduled to commence on the 15th of October 2016 and end on the 10th of December 2016. Upon completion of the training participants will get a Google Certificate so as to have a head start over other competitors in the Digital domain.

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