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We take this opportunity to welcome all colleagues from the festive season and
wish everyon e a productive 2 017 . On behalf of College Management I send our
deepest condolences to colleagues who lost their dear ones in 2016. May their
souls rest in eternal peace. For those who had different forms of achievements
e .g. promotions, Successfully completed their studies, confirm ation into
service, married , got babies etc. We congratulate you.
As we start the new year, we would like to sincerely thank you for the hard
work and commitment to diligently serve the College and the University in
2016 and urge all of us to continue with that spirit. The team work spirit
exhibited last year a midst numerous challenges especially among the HODs,
Deans and other College leaders was impressive. We can only move the College
forward when we all work as a team and each individual makes a contribution
towards realizing the dream College we want. I therefore take this moment to
challenge all of us to individually make a reflection on what each of us did in
2016 that led to value addition in the development of the College and the
Makerere University entered into a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to offer scholarships to 1,000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from Africa to study at Makerere University from 2013 to 2023.
The project is aimed at developing the next generation of African leaders and contribute to Africa's higher education sector and development and is implemented under the leadership of the Planning and Development Directorate (PDD).
The College of Computing and IS under the Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) has several strategies which include assisting government and other institutions to enhance the ICT skills of the youth. By engaging the Planning and Development Directorate (PDD), the CiPSD has embarked on training 200 students under the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The successful students are currently undergoing training in ICDL (International Computer Driving License) scheduled to end 19th November 2016.
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
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.