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CoCIS students scoop Orange Innovation awards, cash

Revising for examinations will soon become more interesting after a group of students from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) developed a mobile application - €˜My Revision Guide€„¢ that helps students revise on their phones. This app was the overall winner in the recently concluded Orange Community Innovation Awards 2012, earning sh10million for its developers - Fred Bisaso and Yasin Sekabira, all 3rd year students of Computer Science. They also won a two-year internship opportunity with Orange Uganda.

The awards also saw other CoCIS students - Joshua Okello, Viola Bazanye and Shafiq Muhatsi who developed the €˜Diet Assistant€„¢ app win sh5million and a one year internship opportunity with Orange Uganda. Their application recommends healthy, affordable and locally available foods.

The third prize application was €˜Brain Share€„¢ while other applications exhibited during the event included m-vigour, Skin Disease Clinic, No Pressure, Livestock Manager, Valley Dams Monitor, A Farm Mobile Market System (FM2S), Mobile phone monitoring € mhealth and QR Verifier.

Speaking during the prize giving ceremony at Makerere University, the Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi called for increased research funding to enable the country attain actual transformation, adding that €œInventions are means by which society is transformed. Let us continue to innovate, invent and transform society.€ Mbabazi also encouraged innovators to focus on applications that address people€„¢s pressing needs.

The Orange Community Awards are aimed at providing a platform through which young developers exploit their talent and showcase their innovations.

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