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MENDIX SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CLASSES

 

By: Jacky Achan, Geoffrey Nyerere & Prossy Tulinomubezi

Success in the field of technological innovation is possible for young innovators to achieve were talent and novelty is combined with a profitable business plan.

Professor Gregg Pascal Zachary of Arizona State University USA tipped a group of ICT students from various Ugandan Universities in Kampala Tuesday.

“To turn into a successful entrepreneur in the Ugandan environment is difficult when you compare to other countries, but you still have to try,” he said.

 

PROFESSOR GREGG PASCAL ZACHARY

Prof. Zachary speaking on entrepreneurship and innovation said having a new idea is most vital for young entrepreneurs to become successful  in the tech business.

 

30 Computer Science students from Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara and Kampala Internal Universities are undertaking a Mendix software development challenge at the Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

The training that takes ten weeks is conducted annually so as to empower the students with different skills that they can use to engage clients in the entrepreneurship world of technology which involves software development.

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.

The training is being supported by Mansystems, Mendix, Smile communications and Makerere University’s CoCIS.

Listenin:http://cis.mak.ac.ug/index.php/contact/audio-news/item/33-innovation-and-entreprenuership

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RUFORUM TRAINING AT COCIS

 

By: Prossy Tulinomubezi 

Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) staff  have discussed ways of corporating with The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) so as to incorporate their work in boosting the agriculture sector.

Dr. Moses Osiru, Deputy Executive Secretary RUFORUM says they offer various opportunities to member universities and also support the various roles that universities play in contributing to the well‐being of small‐scale farmers and economic development of countries throughout the sub‐ Saharan Africa region.

"We modify the way they train students and do research, links universities and institutions to sources of funds and warrants that students finish on time. We also intend to see how Makerere University work with other universities to strengthen them since our major target is to bring more universities together,” he remarked .

 

RUFORUM TRAINING IN SESION

RUFORUM also has an Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Program and a granting mechanism that focuses on strengthening the ICT capacity and supporting member universities to effectively connect to ICT opportunities which exploited, CoCIS can momentously benefit from it.

 

“Our programs supports member universities to implement technology-mediated learning, teaching and research, create and use open educational resources, and above all using ICT to publish and disseminate agricultural information and knowledge effectively,” Osiru added.

Dr. Paul Nampala, Program Manager-Grants RUFORUM says they also enhance networking and close cooperation, inform curriculum development, build outreach and engagement platforms for increased reach, address commodity value as well as a vibrant platforms that links universities to non-academic stake holders at the National and International levels which opportunities may be of value to CoCIS.

“We work with institutions and universities dealing in processes like research, procedures, teaching methods, research outreach and community engagement using different categories of competitive grants which help in putting up development projects for member universities,” he said 

Dr. Evelyn Kigozi-Kahiigi addressing visitors on behalf of the college thanked RUFORUM for exposing the college to such an animated opportunity. “We appreciate this opportunity and the next time you will come here will not be for training but to address us basing on the proposal we are going to write,” said Kahiigi.

The RUFORUM Secretariat views ICT as a strategic tool for effectively servicing the growing membership and it strives to ensure that ICT opportunities are used by the network to rationalize training and research infrastructure.

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Indigenous methods of farming to be prioritized

Written by Monday, 07 September 2015 13:09 Published in News Details comment

 

PARTICIPANTS AT THE AGSHARE II TOOLKIT WORKSHOP AT COCIS

By: Nyerere Geoffrey and Tulinomubezi Prossy

 

Makerere University’s College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) in collaboration with College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES)The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)and South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide) came together on Monday June 29, 2015 to evaluate theAgShare Toolkit.

The toolkit is designed to provide resources which can be used and referred to by trainers, faculty, staff and graduate students.

It will guarantee that outputs for research and farm communities will follow best practices.

AgShare II, an Indigenous Agricultural Knowledge (IAK) project aims at improving agricultural teachings, sharing and empowering farming stakeholders so that they can use the indigenous methods to boost farm production.

Speaking at the workshop Andrew Moose a project manager at Saide categorically stated that modern knowledge washed away the IAK methods that farmers used and therefore there is need for its revival.

The project is aimed at understanding how IAK methods like the use of human urine by farmers can be used to prevent banana weevils, other methods including the use of cattle urine to enhance soil fertility, the use of red pepper mixed with ash and water to control Coccidiosis in birds.

Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura said that researches should come on board to understand how the use of IAK methods works effectively ‘Researchers should understand the real component that is contained in the urine that kill weevils and extract the component for efficient use.’

The workshop is aimed at collecting information that can be used to better the project and make it easy for the farmers to access information through mobile phones directly from the server

The AgShare II project is sponsored by the Bill Gates foundation alongside Saide in South Afric

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CERAMIC ORGANIC FILTER

 

By Nyerere Geoffrey & Jacky Achan

Disease prevention, vaccination, health education and reestablishing family links have been identified as key areas that need critical innovations. This came to light in a humanitarian innovation event organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross on Friday 19th June 2015 at Makerere University to address areas of access to safe water, access to health care and reestablishing family links.

 

ROOTIO

“These areas of health are not as effective as we want them to be, innovators must start thinking in that direction,” appealed Dr. Roy William Mayega Deputy Chief of Party Resilient Africa Network (RAN) and Lecturer at the School of Public Health Makerere University.

 

Attendants drew lessons from successful students from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) and the School of Public Health Makerere in collaboration with Resilience Africa Network (RAN) who showcased their innovations that can be used in tragedy situations.


Among the showcased novelties was the Ceramic Organic Filterwhich is used to decontaminate water without boiling it first, which is a good innovation that people in areas with hardships can use to disinfect water and bar water borne diseases.

An emergency Telemedicine system (E-Musawo), a mobile appliance used in examining patients’ pressure was also exhibited along withMusawo Drugs, a mobile app that helps to authenticate drugs, show drugs details, identify the cheapest drugs and the nearest hospital from which people can access those drugs. This is to help people to access quality medical services at affordable prices.

Other innovations include a Blind Mobile user app, RootIO -a community radio which uses a mobile phone to broadcast-Low Cost Solar Pump and Gasifier Stoves for purifying water.

 

MARY NSABAGWA

Mary Nsabagwa Assistant Lecturer and supervisor final year projects for students at College of Computing and Information Sciences Makerere University said other than teaching and research they are to ensure community outreach is strongly undertaken by lecturers.

 

Speaking at the conference, Dr. Mayega, Team leader of the next generation Ergonomic tent design and laureate in 2015 of the International Grand Challenge for development to target Ebola organized by USAID revealed that innovations in the area of policy is still lacking. He also said the environment of innovation must move with the community for the developed systems to work.

“Look at the case of Bududa, locals are being told to leave their homes to be safe from  mudslides but the question that lingers in their mind is who is going to take over my land,” Mayega explains.

Dr. Moses Kizza Musaazi a Senior Lecturer at CEDAT Makerere University equally stated budding innovators in the humanitarian must involve end users.
“You must innovate for or with the people or both if your work is to be embraced. Go out there, experience what people go through and involve end users to come up with successful solutions,” he emphasized.

While commending innovations in the humanitarian front, the Acting Director Disaster Risk Management Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Simon Peter Anyanzo Lenin called for novelty to ensure aid is accessed by all in need.

Zoran Javanovic the head of the delegation ICRC in Uganda said that the youths should be mentored and given a chance to take part in the innovations that can see humanitarian aid reach the people in emergency situations.

But Dr. Mayega called for the innovations to cut across disciplines from production, conservation, processing and marketing. 
Adding that the innovations must be global and competitive if it is to be sustainable, attract private sector partnership, save time and improve service delivery.

Dr. Okello speaking on behalf of Associate Proffessor William Bazeyo Dean School of Public Health and Chief of Party RAN part urged young innovators mostly students to take responsibility for pushing through their innovations.

Other panelists included Onen David Ongweh Program Manager Gender and Sexualit, Refugee Law Project School of Law Makerere University and Florence Okatch from Doctors without Borders or Medicin Sans Frontieres (MSF)

For the ICRC 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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MAK scientists urged to communicate

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

 

MEDIA WORKSHOP TRAINING IN PROGRESS

 

By: Geoffrey Nyerere & Jacky Achan

Ugandan Scientists have been urged to develop effective communication skills, if they are to ably share their innovations with communities that stand to benefit from their works.

 

PATRICK LUGANDA

Patrick Luganda a Global Media Trainer and Communications Advisor on the Geneva based Commission for Climatology in the World Metrology Organization says scientists need to benefit society with their knowledge and encourage informed decision making.

 

“Communication is the epitome of science or any other discipline. What is communicated is what is believed,” he said.

Luganda remarked during media training for Makerere University Researchers and PHD students held Thursday at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

He assured the Researchers working on the NORAD project on improving Weather Information Management in East Africa for effective service provision through the application of sustainable ICTs (WIMEA-ICT) that the existing communication gap can be bridged.

“Journalists can be paired with scientists to work together over a period of time to build their capacity to clearly report on new innovations in the science sector,” he advised. [Listen in]

He also added: “The communication component needs to be built within all science projects to enable scientists share their innovation with society who mostly benefit from their innovations.”  [Listen in]

 

PROF. GREGG PASCAL ZACHARY

Prof. Gregg Pascal Zachary of Arizona State University USA, at the same media training said with complexity of science, valuing communication and taking risks is key to efficiency and making known new innovations to society by scientists.

 

Dr. Juliane Sansa-Otim is the Principle Investigator of the NORAD WIMEA_ICT project, a partnership led by Makerere University, together with the University of Bergen Geophysical Institute in Norway, Dar es salaam Institute of Technology and the University of Juba.

The project seeks to advance all aspects of meteorology in East Africa from increasing the density of weather stations, trainings in weather prediction and analysis, to innovative ways of disseminating forecasts.

“This project will provide real answers in forecasting and disseminating properly package weather information to the grassroots people who mostly engage in agriculture,” Otim says. [Listen in]


Dr. Otim also added that the project will enable the rollout of 30 weather stations in Uganda, another 30 in Tanzania and 10 in Juba at its conclusion by 2018. [Listen in]

Uganda has some infrastructure in place, but its weather services still uses analogue weather stations which are manually monitored.

 

DR. JULIANNE SANSA-OTIM

One of the goals of the project is to develop and deploy small autonomous weather stations powered by wind turbines or solar cells and increase station density by 70 to 100 stations across the three countries.

 

This part of the project will receive input from the University of Stockholm with its expertise in electronics and electrical engineering.

The weather stations will cost about $2,000 per unit, compared to the official weather station of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) at $50,000 per unit.
The project also hopes to link these national networks of weather stations in order to further increase the accuracy of forecasts.

Though the national meteorological services control all national weather data and have monopoly on giving forecasts, Dr. Otim says they are working closely on this new project and the authority could allow free access to data and welcome innovative approaches to publishing forecasts.

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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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