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ANDROID Developer Challenge

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:45 Published in News Details comment

The Android Developer Challenge, Sub Saharan Africa is designed to showcase cool apps that surprise and delight mobile users€built by developers like you. To support you in your efforts, Google is launching the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide awards for great mobile apps built on the Android platform.

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2nd Young Proffesionals Technology Symposium

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:40 Published in News Details comment

The Young Professionals Technology Symposium (held May 7th, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda) created a platform where university students interacted with companies and were sensitized on the actual practical skills requirements of employees and corporate culture in practice.read more

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Makerere to host Microsoft Innovation Centre

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:38 Published in News Details comment

Microsoft is set to establish a Microsoft Innovation Centre at Makerere University€„¢s College of Computing and Information Sciences come July 2011. The centre will see students train in a cross section of software for mobile phones, server sites, desktop, and cloud computing, at a subsidized rate. Makerere University will provide the necessary infrastructure and equipment.

Juliano Tubino, the Director Microsoft Innovation Centers, says, €œMicrosoft€„¢s contribution will include technical expertise in the form of specialized product trainers, guidance on operations, software, training materials, access to the Microsoft Innovation Centre network, and marketing assistance.€„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ Similar Microsoft centers in Africa have been set up in Tunisia, Tanzania and South Africa, making Uganda the forth recipient.

€œAt the Centre, students will be in position to access the Microsoft platform and develop applications on and for that platform. It will provide a real life environment for software development as students maximize their time of study,€„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ explains Michael Niyitegeka, the Head of Corporate Relations at the College. €œOn completion, the students will be better placed to create jobs, but will also be ready to fit in the industry after the hands on exposure at the centre,€„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ he adds.

Microsoft has supported a number of student initiatives at Makerere University, geared around skill development, like the Imagine cup competitions which primarily focus on students€„¢ innovations. According to Niyitegeka, Microsoft€„¢s decision to support the establishment of this Innovation Center is an indication of its commitment towards skill development in Africa and its confidence in Makerere University as a strategic partner.

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CoCIS students for New York Imagine Cup finals

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:36 Published in News Details comment

For the 4th Year running, students from Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences have scooped the 1st spot in the International Imagine Cup and will be representing the East and Central Africa regions in New York on the 8th July.

The students, Joseph Lutaalo, Joshua Kaizzi and Joseph Kaizzi, designed a software, CRIMEX, that focuses on crime pattern analysis in developing countries. For business to thrive in a given area, it is important that the crime rate is low. Law enforcement and crime investigation units in East Africa are under-staffed with little or no experienced crime analysts. The crime departments resort to manual data analysis from field reports, and witness testimonies to predict patterns. CRIMEX provides a unique solution for law enforcers; ranging from crime pattern recognition to facial recognition capabilities and biometric analysis. CRIMEX can also be linked to international crime databases where need be. CRIMEX is in line with the 8th MDG i.e. a global partnership; particularly addressing the special needs of least developed countries. The rule of law in society is a key necessity in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals.

This consistence in winning, has seen Microsoft approve the establishment of a Microsoft Innovations Center at the College, in a launch scheduled for July 2011. The Innovations lab will provide an opportunity for our students to work on more innovations...read more

Congratulations to the team.

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CIS Mobile Apps on NOKIA OVI Store

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:33 Published in News Details comment

Students who have been attending a mobile applications training organized by Nokia have developed applications to be included on the Nokia OVI store. The students displayed some of their projects like Mobile micro credit, Right on time, Get ma Phone, SMS search, Chat zone, Kwepena, SMS encryption, Credit validation System and Mobile traveler, at Protea hotel on 9th May 2011. These projects will be taken up by Nokia and loaded on its platform. Over 30 mobile applications have been approved for further development under this arrangement.

The three months training was conducted by the College of Computing and Information Sciences. This initiative will make it possible for the general public to use Ugandan mobile products world over, improving the visibility of the local software developers in this country.

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CoCIS gradutes 500 in BPO programme

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:30 Published in News Details comment

The College of Computing and IT successfully graduated the first applicants of the Business Process Outsourcing programme, on 26th April 2011. This programme was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of ICT, Orion Outsource world and the African BPO Academy (ABA).

In a bid to address the unemployment concerns among the youth, Government of Uganda designed a Job Stimulus Program (JSP) aimed at creating job opportunities to the youth mainly through the use of ICT. National Information Technology Authority-Uganda, one of the implementing agencies contracted Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences, CoCIS, to train 500 graduates in Business Process Outsourcing Skills (BPO).

These youths have trained for a period of two months and are now well equipped with soft skills to enable them work in the BPO industry in areas of information technology, customer care, human resource and call centers.

The BPO training at CoCIS was launched on 17th January 2011, by Uganda

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Makerere University scoops CIO Award

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:26 Published in News Details comment

Makerere University has scooped the prestigious overall award in ICT and Innovations, in the education sector of the East African Region. The award recognized Makerere for translation of the Google interface into Luo and Runyakitara languages, during a breakfast meeting at Serena hotel on 17th March 2011. This translation was done by the College of Computing and Information Sciences, COCIS, as a public-private sector contribution. (check out http://www.google.co.ug/). The initiative is aimed at lessening the illiteracy levels in the country and the region, by making it possible for people to access information in their local languages and preserving culture.

The Principal of COCIS, Prof. Ikoja, described the achievement as an indication that Makerere is poised for great heights and encouraged the students and staff to stay focused on excellence in all their endeavours.

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NCHE to visit Makerere - COCIS

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:21 Published in News Details comment

A team from the National Council for Higher Education, NCHE, is to visit the different proposed Colleges of Makerere University for a week starting 14th March 2011. The College of Computing and Information Sciences, COCIS, will be one of the Colleges to be visited. COCIS is made up of the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) and the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS).

The NCHE team will among other things inquire about the advantages of the proposed collegiate university system, establish the availability of academic and administrative staff, and recommend to council whether or not the proposed constituent colleges should be established. The NCHE is mandated to regulate and guide the establishment and management of institutions of higher learning. It looks into the quality of higher education, equating of qualifications and advises government on issues of higher education.

Makerere University as a Collegiate University will see power decentralized to colleges in administrative and academic affairs. Colleges, as approved by Senate, are to take full effect in July 2011 and a number of internal processes are ongoing to beat this deadline.

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BPO sessions start

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:02 Published in News Details comment

The first applicants of the Business Process Outsourcing programme have attended orientation sessions at the School of Computing and Informatics Technology. The orientation sensations were to familiarize students with the basics in understanding and appreciating the BPO industry, and to brief them about how the training will be conducted. About 500 degree holders have been identified to start the BPO training which kicks off on 22nd February 2011.

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Ericsson Widget Awards (EWA) 2011

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 18:59 Published in News Details comment

This competition is targeting developers, students, content providers and small software companies and the objective is to get good applications for our estore and application stores. The last date of submission is first of March 2011 and we will have a prize ceremony in April 2011.

The advantages to the developers/companies other than the prize money ( total prize pool EUR 30,000 ) will include:

  1. visibility and promotion
  2. possibility to distribute apps in selected markets
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