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Makerere to hold a humanitarian innovation event

Written by Monday, 07 September 2015 13:04 Published in News Details comment

Makerere University will hold a humanitarian innovation event Friday June 19, 2015 at Makerere University Main Hall, an ongoing drive by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

According to selected guidelines of the Forum on Humanitarian innovation in East Africa, 12.05.2015, young innovators from the College of Computing and Information Sciences and the School of Public Health –Makerere will showcase innovation products and processes that can innovate areas of access to safe water, access to health care and reestablishing family links.

The innovation initiative was set up in Jan 2015 to bring about change and innovation through fast-track ideas in needs based areas.

In the ICRC Innovation Brochure for the 21st Century, October 2014, the innovation initiative rotates around pillars of Catalysis and Aspiration, Exploring, Testing, Validation and Replication, Open Innovation, and Identifying the right model for innovation which enable innovation to continuously take place.

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MOU SIGNING AT NEW VISION

By ProssyTulinomubezi

 

Twenty six students of Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences have been selected to participate in Vision Group content digitalization projects starting Thursday June 11, 2015.

While addressing internees who are to take part at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Mr.Linus Wamanya said Vision Group needs a jobs auto for online positing of jobs and recruitment of workers, an online system for booking and monitoring of advertisements and an online farmers system.

“We need to establish a jobs auto, an online system for easy booking and monitoring of advertisements. Given the fact that our target audiences have different tastes and preferences, we need different platforms so that they are in position to selectively access information,” said Wamanya.
He adds that, in case a client needs their advertisements to be run on different outlets of vision group, with an online system, there will be no need call the media outlets to find out in advertisements were run.

Hugh Cameron a visiting professor and head Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development at the College unfolded the college’s target projects in his remarks to the internees.

“We can create a website for information and articles online for production and access to more content. This will stimulate public commentaries and reduce the costs of printing,” Cameron said.

Cameron also adds that a combined web portal for Vision Group publications is also part of the college’s projects. This will enable users to search for content online by use of keyword, author’s name, dates of publication, and media outlet among others.

In a separate interview with some of the students, they expect to implement and learn more skills since Vision Group has given them a golden opportunity to put their acquired skills in practice.

“This practice will increase on my experience, interpersonal, communication skills and will get access to new technologies. I will also contribute to the institution since I have experience in website applications development and well conversant with the technologies I use,” said Jackson Sinamanye, a finalist of software engineering.
Namuddu Gloria a records and archives management student was also excited about reading and learning more about software designing and management.

This practice will generally enable students become useful in the real world since it’s a learning process that can make permanent changes in individual lives.

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SUMMER SCHOOL TRAINEES

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.

 

DR. MERCY AMIYO

“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

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

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.

 

 

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SUMMER TRAINING

Written by Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:41 Published in News Details comment

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

Description.

“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.

 Breakdown.

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.

Aim.

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

Rewards

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

Written by Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:36 Published in News Details comment

COCIS CONNECT EXHIBITORS POSING FOR A PHOTO WITH THE GUEST OF HONOR

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

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Welcome to AFRICOMM 2014

Written by Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:52 Published in News Details comment

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

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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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New Deputy Principal pledges to propel College forward

Friday, 02 August 2013 12:15 Published in News Details comment

Dr. Agnes Rwashana receives the handover report from Dr. John NgubiriThe new Deputy Principal of the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Dr. Agnes Rwashana Semwanga has promised to work with all College staff to move the College forward.

We are going to tap into the recent grants won from NORHED, Spider and other funders; we shall also operationalize the various MOUs within the College and engage the incoming PhD holders who are ready to take up leadership positions within the College, she added after receiving the handover report of the outgoing acting Deputy Principal, Dr. John Ngubiri.

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The success of the teams from the African continent during the Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions speaks for itself in showing that there is no shortage in innovation all that is required is a platform to showcase that innovation and take it to the next level.

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NORHED funding: CIT wins two projects

Written by Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:42 Published in News Details comment

The School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) located in the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) has won funding from the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) to implement research and training projects aimed at boosting the country€„¢s ICT development agenda.

NORHED will fund two large projects within CIT, namely: HI-TRAIN: Health Informatics Training and Research in East Africa for Improved Health Care, aimed at realizing self-sustainable, replicable and scalable HI (Health Informatics) training and research programs in East Africa, to help meet the rising HI capacity and research needs in the region.

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