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By: Jacky Achan


Makerere University continues to play a crucial role in boosting tech innovation as 30 students from four different universities Monday kicked off a Mendix software development challenge at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

Guy Acellam a Senior Developer at Flock of Birds a social enterprise firm undertaking the training at the college says both flexibility and creativity will be on test as the students from Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara and Kampala International Universities enter the incubation lab for a duration of ten weeks.

“When building new product agility and having the interest of the customer at heart is most important,” he says.
Acellam adds: “we don’t have to stick to principles. Functionality of a new product is achieved though back and forth consultation, creation and testing with the input of the customer to build the best product.”

Mendix is a rapid tool for software development that does not use a lot of codes. $10m has been set aside by its parent company Mendix USA and Mansystems Netherlands to improve its applicability on PCs, mobile and tablets.

Derrick Kwagala another a Senior Developer at Flock of Birds says the summer school challenge at Makerere will empower the young people technology wise to acquire skills applicable in real employment and promote talent in Africa at large.



“Talent is there but it’s the exposure lacking, so we are here to groom and build by providing technical, communication, client engagement, leadership and entrepreneurial skills to ensure the trainees are employable and curb the high rates of joblessness,” he says.


Dr. Mercy Amiyo the Internship Coordinator CoCIS states the summer school at the college is not ordinary but rather a mix that involves equipping the trainee students with both soft and technical skills to build their practical expertise.

Eugene Miheso Swinnerstone a Business Consultant and Developer at Flock of Birds says upon completion of the training the participants will be in a position to integrate well with the practical world and real clients.


Eugene Miheso Swinnerstone


The 30 trainees that include 3 girls presented projects and where selected to take part in the training and incubation lab after a rigorous vetting process.
The training is being supported by Mansystems, Mendix, Smile communications and Makerere University through CoCIS



Dr. Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi


Dr. Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi who represented the Principal and Dean CoCIS presided over the launch of the summer school. She said the training and collaboration with Flock of Birds remains crucial in building the skills of its students to develop and integrate theories into applicable programs. 
Last year over sh50m was injected in the summer school training which is in its second year running.



Listen to Dr. Kahiigi's encouraging remarks to the summer school trainees.




Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:41

Starting 8th June – 12th August 2015     |     At Makerere University, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)     

Application Procedure.

  1. Write a motivational Letter (Half Page (A4))
  2. Highlight your individual Technical Skills  (Half Page(A4))
  3. At least two references.
  4. Send this to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before the 30th of April 2015

Agile Software Development


“Agile Development” is an umbrella term for several iterative and incremental software development methodologies. The most popular agile methodologies include Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum, Crystal, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), Lean Development, and Feature-Driven Development (FDD).  Agile Software DevelopmentIn line with our Summer Trainee-ship Programme we will implement Scrum Methodology through the Mendix App Platform. While each of the agile methods is unique in its specific approach, they all share a common vision and core values.

They all fundamentally incorporate iteration and the continuous feedback that it provides to successively refine and deliver a software system. They all involve continuous planning, continuous testing, continuous integration, and other forms of continuous evolution of both the project and the software. They are all lightweight (especially compared to traditional waterfall-style processes), and inherently adaptable. As important, they all focus on empowering people tocollaborate and make decisions together quickly and effectively.


During the Summer Traineeship Program, Agile Development will be core but the other factors that make it a success will also be studied and internalized.


Produce all round individuals who can initiate talks with clients, do the development and offer consultation.

 Areas of Training.

  • Technical Skills Development
  • Communication Skills
  • Client Engagement
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Teamwork


  • Winning Team – Tablet Each
  • Runner’s up Team – Phone Each
  • Certificates to each Trainee
  • Employment Opportunity for 2 persons

CoCIS Connect Kicks off

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:36


The long awaited CoCIS Connect Exhibition with the theme: From Invention to Innovation was lauched on 26th March 2015 by the Director ICT at Uganda Police Force Mr. Amos Ngabirano who was welcomed by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu and the CoCIS management and staff led by Deputy Principal Dr. Agnes Ssemwanga.


Mr. Ngabirano was exited to launch the exhibition and this is what he to said “With what you have exhibited here today, I am now sure of three things – the academia, young people and ICTs are a critical component to enabling us achieves the task ahead of us. Your innovations in the areas of health, agriculture, security, safe water management, education and e-business are very pertinent components of our strategy towards transforming this country.”

The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu in his remarks echoed the committement of Makerere University to quality high education to students. “The spirit of innovation and resilience exhibited by these students here today highlights their entrepreneurial acumen which we as a university are trying to instill in them in order for them to be able to create employment for themselves” he said.


Special thanks to the sponsors of the event Resilience Africa Network RAN, TOTAL Uganda, DFCU Bank Makerere Branch, New Vision and Uganda Police.
Day two of the event will take place 27th March 2015. 
You are all welcome.

List of the projects being exhibited, click to download

Welcome to AFRICOMM 2014

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:52

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is my honor to welcome you to Kampala, Uganda, at the 6th International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2014). Africomm 2014 will be hosted at Makerere University in the College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Makerere University is ranked thirteenth university in Africa and is one of the oldest universities on the African continent having been founded in 1922. 

Uganda was first called “the Pearl of Africa” by Sir Winston Churchill because of her beautiful nature. Recently Lonely planet (the largest travel guide book and digital media publisher in the world) voted Uganda as the number one tourist destination for 2012. Some top tourist destinations include: Kidepo National Park (listed as the 3rd best park in Africa by CNN Travel); Mt Rwenzori (voted among the top hiking places in Africa and in the world); Queen Elizabeth National Park; and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

After the success of Africomm 2013 in Blantyre, Malawi, the conference is on track to establish itself as the premier international annual conference for the presentation of advanced research results on e-infrastructures and e-services for developing countries.

Africomm 2014 will provide attendees with presentations of exciting technical content, now supplemented by installations of prototype services and technology in the exhibition area.

I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to all the members of the Organizing Committee who worked well and hard together to ensure the event's success. Secondly, I thank all the volunteers who have dedicated their time to review papers and assist with organizational logistics. I also express my sincere thanks to the authors from all over the world for their quality contribution. Finally, I heartily thank MTN Uganda for sponsoring this event.

I invite all of you to join me and cordially interact with both experts and newcomers in the e-Infrastructures and e-services fields from over 10 countries. Meanwhile, please do not forget to enjoy the beautiful pearl of Africa.

Once again, welcome to Uganda, and enjoy Africomm 2014!

Julianne Sansa-Otim

AFRICOMM 2014 General Chair

The College of Computing and Information Sciences, CoCIS, will for the first time host the international AFRICOMM  conference on 24 - 25th Nov. 2014. 

AFRICOMM, is an annual conference that brings together IT experts from all over the continent and beyond to share the latest research and innovations. The conference shall showcase several research papers which will look at challenges faced in adopting e-services and establishment of e-infrastructure for developing countries.

The keynote address for the 6th AFRICOMM conference at CoCIS will be given by Dr. F.F. Tusubira (Tusu),  the CEO of Ubuntunet Alliance, and Board Chair of the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U) board. 

His address will examine some of the challenges developing countries face in implementing and/or adopting e-services, and propose approaches that would improve the chances of success.

Also of key interest will be the particular students’  innovations in addressing societal concerns in Agriculture, Business, Health, Security, Education and Climate Change. This is to invite you for the exhibition at the College parking yard on the above dates. 

See the link below for more: CLICK HERE
Download Conference program CLICK DOWNLOAD
Visit the 6th AFRICOMM Conference website CLICK HERE
Map and Direction CLICK HERE


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