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
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.