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The research project - 'Improving East Africa's Weather Information Management through the application of suitable ICTs' has received a grant from the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Building in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED). This grant will facilitate the process of writing a full proposal which is expected by 15th March 2012. The project is aimed at establishing a Centre for Appropriate Weather Information Management (CAWIM) that will design, implement and supervise improvement in Timeliness, Accuracy and Access of Weather information in the East African region.

Makerere University is the lead partner together with the University of Bergen as the Norwegian partner. Other partners include: Department of Meteorology (Uganda), University of Juba (South Sudan), Dar-es-Salaam Institute of Technology (Tanzania) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden).

The project is being spearheaded by Dr. Julianne Sansa-Otim, Chair Department of Networks, School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT).


Project Brain Storming Workshop held on 30th Jan - 1st Feb 2013 at Jinja Nile Resort.

The above-mentioned workshop was held at Jinja Nile Resort during the period 30th January 1st February 2013. The outcomes of the workshop are meant to contribute to the writing of the full proposal which is expected to be submitted to NORAD under the NORHED programme .

This workshop created a platform for regional and international partners to share experiences which formed a basis for writing the full proposal as required by the funder. The proposal is currently being sing written collectively by the key researchers on the project (both local, regional and international) and is to be submitted by 15th March 2012 as required by the funder.

Huawei rewards developers

Friday, 07 December 2012 09:20

Two students from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) have emerged victorious in the recently concluded Huawei Android Application Challenge (HAAC). Michael Kakande (BCS) and Moses Ocela (BSSE) won the latest Android DI phones and sh500,000 and sh750,000 respectively after emerging 4th and 3rd runners-up in the interuniversity Challenge that drew participants from Makerere University and Kampala International University.

Basing on the theme €˜Enriching life through communication€„¢ Kakande developed an app called Tour Uganda while Ocela developed My-hosplink that helps users identify hospitals within their areas and the services they offer.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Hon. Nyombi Thembo, the Minister of State for ICT, urged the youth to use ICTs to empower themselves. He thanked Huawei Technologies for linking up with education institutions to nurture and support local talent among the youth. €œWe are grateful to Huawei for spearheading productivity enhancement in the way youth use ICTs,€ he noted.

The Challenge winners were a team of five students from the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) who developed € Destination East Africa, an app aimed at attracting tourists to the region and informing them about the different available attractions and services in the country. They won sh1,500,000 and a Huawei tablet.


Mr. Drake Patrick Mirembe has been elected to Chair the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Centre for Excellence (CoE) Network in Africa for the next two years. Drake was chosen during the recently concluded 5th Steering Committee Meeting held in Kampala, Uganda.

Drake joins the prestigious network at an opportune time when he will be able to influence the development of the new strategy that will run all ITU human capacity initiatives for the next five years under the ITU CoE academy. He will implement node competence schemes and streamline professional accreditation of ITU training programmes. €œDuring the implementation, it is expected that spin-off projects like satellite and cyber security anchor nodes will be setup by ITU and her partners,€ said Drake. €œBesides, Makerere will be able to supply experts to deliver some of the training in other countries. This will provide a channel for a number of academic staff to enter the ITU expert€„¢s database, a privilege only a few can attain,€ he added.

Drake heads the Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University. In 2010, the College was selected to host an ITU Academy based on her strong record on human capital development through the department of professional skills development then, now the CiPSD. To date, the ITU CoE at Makerere has trained over 400 people from 15 different countries in the last 2 year alone, making it one of the most successful ITU CoE nodes in Africa.

The history of ITU CoEs spans back to 1988, when the ITU started a human capital building programme targeting developing countries in order to address the ICT skill shortages and bridge the digital divide. Thus, ITU established ITU Centres of Excellence network among institutions sharing expertise, resources, capacity-building know-how in telecommunications and ICTs training/education, distributed around the world. Designed to offer continuous education to ICT managers in the public and private spheres through face-to-face or distance learning programmes, the Centres serve as regional focal points for professional development, research, and knowledge sharing, as well as providing specialist training services to external clients.

These Centres were established with support from multilateral and regional organizations like ITSO, ICTP, educational institutes and government donors. CoE networks have been established in Africa, the Americas, Arab States, Asia- Pacific, Caribbean, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe. Under the umbrella of the ITU Academy, these regional networks have now been joined together into a single global network sharing training curricula, resources and expertise over the ITU Academy Portal.

In Africa, the ITU Academy CoE represents a sustainable network of selected training and educational institutions (hereafter €œnodes€) that provide training opportunities in topics related to telecommunications and/or ICTs. The overall purpose is to promote human capacity building of governmental authorities, regulators, and senior managers of operators and service providers. To date, the CoE network in Africa has undergone two development phases, one spanning from 1994 to 1997 and the second ongoing phase from 1998 to 2012.

Starting in 2013 a new innovative model for delivering training through the CoE Network in Africa is foreseen, modelled along an operating framework for the CiPSD. The CiPSD€„¢s strong performance has propelled Drake Mirembe to this most recent achievement. During his tenure, Drake will also oversee the operations of seven nodes including CFL South Africa, AFRILT Kenya, KIST Rwanda, Nettel Tanzania, CMTL Togo, ESMT Senegal, CoCIS, Makerere University.

Winsenga wins $50,000 Microsoft Imagine Cup Grant

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 08:13

For three youngsters, designing an application named Winsenga that performs ultrasounds on pregnant women and detect problems such as ectopic pregnancies or abnormal fetal heart beats has earned them great local and international recognition. The trio of Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello and Josiah Kavuma (Team Cipher256) have won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Grant of $50,000 (about sh125m). According to Microsoft, this grant will help the students transform their projects into social enterprises or nonprofits that will address a specific social issue.

Imagine Cup and the grants are part of Microsoft's YouthSpark program, which is the company's commitment to reach 300 million youths in the next three years through technology, training, and experiences that empower them to imagine and realize their full potential. Among the applicants for this grant, 13 teams were initially selected as finalists having received the highest marks based on a combination of criteria: impact & viability, team quality & motivation, solution design & motivation and problem definition.

The trio (all students at the College of Computing and Information Sciences) were mentored by Joseph Kaizzi, Davis Musinguzi and supported by the Microsoft Innovation Centre-Uganda. They received the award during the Social Innovation Summit held on December 4th in Silicon Valley, USA. Apart from the cash prize, they will also receive software, cloud computing services, solution provider support, premium Microsoft BizSpark account benefits and access to local resources such as Microsoft Innovation Centers. Microsoft will also connect grant recipients with its network of investors, NGO partners and business partners and will work with the grant recipients to tailor individual support as needed depending on the progress each team has made so far with its project.

€œWe are grateful to Microsoft for giving these youth an opportunity to innovate and help the mothers around the world. This grant shows that the youth have the power to change our lives and we shall continue to partner with organizations that are willing to explore their potential,€ said Maria Muzaaki, the College communication officer.

During this year€„¢s Imagine Cup final held in Australia, only two teams from Africa made it to the top 20 competitors. Team Cipher256 became the first team from East and Southern Africa (excluding South Africa) to make it to the second round at the Worldwide Finals becoming the only Sub-Saharan African team to make it to that round in the history of the Imagine Cup. In the end, Winsenga was ranked in the top 10 overall.

Basing on their innovativeness and will to help solve one of the world€„¢s biggest problems (maternal health), the team was selected to showcase their innovation at the ITU Telecom World 2012 in Dubai, courtesy of Uganda Communication Commission (UCC). The event was held in Dubai from October 14-18th, 2012. It brought together major stakeholders in the world€„¢s ICT sector to connect and exchange knowledge, showcase technology, talent and investment opportunities.

Another doctor for CIT Agnes Nakakawa

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 09:45

Agnes Nakakawa, an Information Systems professional and a Statistician has successfully defended her PhD thesis titled A collaboration Process for Enterprise Architecture Creation€„¢atRadboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Agnes is an Assistant lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at CIT.  Her PhD studies were sponsored by the Nuffic project-Strengthening ICT Training and Research Capacity in the Four Public Universities in Uganda.

List of Publications from the research

Journal Papers

  1. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Definition and Validation of Requirements for Collaborative Decision Making in Enterprise Architecture Creation. International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems (IJCIS). 20(1), 83 € 136 (2011) http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S021884301100216X
  2. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Executing Collaboration Dependent Tasks in Enterprise Architecture Approaches -- A Case of TOGAF. International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems IJCIS (in press)

Conference Papers

  1. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: On Supporting Collaborative Problem Solving in Enterprise Architecture Creation. In: Proper, H.A., Harmsen, F., Dietz J.L.G.~(eds.): Practice Driven Research on Enterprise Transformations, LNBIP 69, pp. 156--181, Springer, Berlin (2010) http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-16770-6_7
  2. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Towards a Theory on Collaborative Decision Making in Enterprise Architecture. Global Perspectives on Design Science Research, LNCS 6105, pp. 538--541, Springer, Berlin (2010) http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-13335-0_40
  3. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Challenges of Involving Stakeholders When Creating Enterprise Architecture. Proceedings of the 5th SIKS/BENAIS Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) CEUR-WS vol. 662, pp. 43--55, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2010). http://www.win.tue.nl/eis2010/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=eis2010_proceedings.pdf
  4. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H. A. (2009): Quality Enhancement in Creating Enterprise Architecture: Relevance of Academic Models in Practice. In E. Proper, F. Harmsen, and J.L.G. Dietz (Eds.): NAF Academy Working Conference on Practice Driven Research on Enterprise Transformation (PRET2009), held at CAiSE2009. LNBIP 28, pp. 109€133, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  5. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Requirements for Collaborative Decision Making in Enterprise Architecture. Proceedings of the 4th SIKS/BENAIS Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (EIS 2009), Nijmegen, October 23, (2009)

Workshop Papers

  1. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Applying Soft Systems Methodology in Enterprise Architecture Creation. In: Nuttgens, M., Thomas, O., Weber, B. (eds.) Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures (EMISA). LNI 190, pp. 37--50, GI (2011) http://subs.emis.de/LNI/Proceedings/Proceedings190/P-190.pdf
  2. Nakakawa, A. (2008): Collaboration Engineering Approach to Enterprise Architecture Design Evaluation and Selection. In Remi Coletta, Xavier Franch, Ela Hunt, Peter McBrien, Farouk Toumani (eds.), Proceedings of the 15th CAiSE Doctoral Consortium (CAiSE-DC'08) held in conjunction with CAiSE'08 Conference, CEUR-WS Vol. 343, pp. 85-94, Montpellier, France.

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