Orange has launched the African Social Venture Prize. This prize, aimed at promoting social business projects largely focusing on ICTs and innovation will reward three projects addressing needs of the Ã¢‚¬Ëœbottom of pyramidÃ¢‚¬„¢ market in Africa through technology. The projects of interest range from e-health and mobile banking to digital and mobile applications for education or agriculture.Ã‚
The winners will get a financial grant along with an opportunity to be mentored by management, ICT and entrepreneurship experts. Participation in this competition is open to students, academic staff and entrepreneurs. The application deadline is September 15, 2011. For more details about the prize and application form please visit: http://www.starafrica.com/en/news/orange-african-social-venture-prize/the-challenge.html
All BPO graduates are informed that their certificates are ready and should come along with their receipts for verification when picking them. The certificates can be collected from the school of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University, Block A Level 5.
The College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) has received an award for having the best Cisco Academy Sustainability Model on the African continent. The award was announced by Hital Muraj, the Cisco Academy Area Manager and Technical Manager for Africa during the recent Cisco Academy Conference held at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
The College, which has over 6,000 students was also recognized for having the largest academy in Africa in terms of student numbers. In addition, CoCIS Cisco Regional Academy was identified as the best regional academy in East and Central Africa for innovativeness in Local Academy Support Framework.
Commenting on the award, Drake Patrick Mirembe, Head Center for Professional Skills Development in CoCIS under which the Cisco Academy falls noted that the success was a team effort right from the top College management who have provided enabling policies and financial support to the academy to facilitate the purchase of equipment, programme promotion and training of instructors, to the Academy instructors who offer dedicated service to our clients.
He added that the large number of student enrollment in the academy was a result of the positive feedback the students get from their peers about the quality of training they receive from the College
uliet Komuhendo, a finalist of Computer Science at CIT, is all smiles after the news that she is one of the possible beneficiaries of the Anita Borg computer science scholarship. The scholarship, worth Ã¢š¬7,000, targets female students in computer related fields across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, at different entry levels.
Ã¢‚¬Å“I am the only participant in Uganda this time round, I am so excited. I want to be a Computer engineer because it is a prestigious job, especially since there are very few female ones in Uganda,Ã¢‚¬„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ explained the excited Komuhendo. Ã¢‚¬Å“I encourage students not to ignore such offers even if it means writing long essays in order to qualify, as was the case with this scholarship,Ã¢‚¬„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ she adds.
Komuhendo will be travelling with over fifty other applicants for a retreat at the Google offices in Zurich -Switzerland this June. The students will present posters of their projects to a panel of judges to select the most outstanding ones. KomuhendoÃ¢‚¬„¢s proposal is about an antenatal care sms alert system that reminds pregnant women to go for antenatal care, to lessen the morbidity rate.
The Deputy Principal at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Dr. John Ngubiri, congratulated Komuhendo and encouraged students to be more enthusiastic about available opportunities, some of which are communicated through student mailing lists.
The Android Developer Challenge, Sub Saharan Africa is designed to showcase cool apps that surprise and delight mobile usersÃ¢‚¬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.
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
Microsoft is set to establish a Microsoft Innovation Centre at Makerere UniversityÃ¢‚¬„¢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, Ã¢‚¬Å“MicrosoftÃ¢‚¬„¢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¢‚¬„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ Similar Microsoft centers in Africa have been set up in Tunisia, Tanzania and South Africa, making Uganda the forth recipient.
Ã¢‚¬Å“At 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¢‚¬„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ explains Michael Niyitegeka, the Head of Corporate Relations at the College. Ã¢‚¬Å“On 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¢‚¬„¢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 studentsÃ¢‚¬„¢ innovations. According to Niyitegeka, MicrosoftÃ¢‚¬„¢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.
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.
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.