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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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For the first time in the history of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, a team from Africa was able to win a prize at the worldwide
finals. 
Team Code8 from Makerere University that represented East Africa in the just concluded 11 annual Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions in Russia have won the Women's Empowerment Award presented in partnership with UN Women.The team consisting of Brian Gitta, Joshua Businge (both first year Computer Science students) Simon Lubambo, a fourth year Electrical Engineering student and their mentor Josiah Kavuma a third year Information Technology student, developed a Windows phone application named matibabu that diagnoses for malaria without pricking the body but by connecting a custom piece of hardware (matiscope) to the windows phone, the user is able to diagnose and know their malaria status in the shortest time possible. The results are sent to the user's skydrive for medical record keeping and sharing with their personal doctors.

The UN Women Award that comes with a cash prize of $12,000 recognizes two student teams that created projects that best address issues impacting women globally.

According to an excited Josiah Kavuma, the funds will enable them do more research on the feasibility and scalability of their application.“We are extremely happy to be the first African team to secure a prize at the finals and we shall now focus towards competing for the Imagine Cup Grant,he added.

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Vocational institutions urged to adopt Cisco courses

Written by Monday, 24 June 2013 10:50 Published in News Details comment

Vocational institutions have been urged to include Cisco courses in their curriculum.

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A total of 26 people participated in a week-long Electronic Records Management (ERM) course aimed at equipping them will skills to incorporate new approaches in electronic records preservation.

“This training will provide you with an opportunity to learn contemporary methodologies that can be adopted to address several deficiencies in the current records and archives management infrastructure in an organization. It will also help you resolve the complexity of issues surrounding management of organizations„ records, said Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura during the opening of the workshop.

The College acting Principal, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza urged the participants to use the skills and knowledge gained from the training to recommend and implement robust Electronic Records Management Systems in their organizations.“As records/information managers, the duty you are entrusted with to manage your organizations records is very pertinent in protecting the image of your workplace and enabling efficient service delivery in tandem with the organization's goals,she added. Prof. Tibatemwa was represented by Ms. Deborah Natujjuna the acting head of the CiPSD.

The training was organized by the Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD). The Center, housed in the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), is responsible for organizing trainings geared towards professional development of students and also individuals already in the workplace.

The participants thanked the College for organizing the workshop that had enabled them refresh their knowledge and learn new ideas in records management. “As a result of this training, I am going to lobby my organization to buy software for ERM and I am sure this will have a positive impact on our records management,said Nelly Chilley who travelled from Kenya to attend the workshop.

 

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Peter Khisa Wakholi defends his PhD thesis

Written by Friday, 07 June 2013 07:24 Published in News Details comment

Peter Khisa Wakholi, an assistant lecturer in the department of Information Systems successfully defended his PhD thesis titled, €˜Process Aware Mobile Systems: Applied to mobile-phone based data collection,€„¢ at the University of Bergen, Norway on 24th May, 2013.

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from Ugandan Applicants for the undergraduate programmes under the private sponsorship scheme for the 2013/2014 Academic Year.

For details, please note the following:

1. The closing date for submitting the completed Application Forms or On-line applications is Friday 21st June 2013.
2. The Advert was published in the Daily Monitor, Monday, May 20, 2013 page 34
3. The Web team in the Public Relations Office has uploaded the advert on the website. Please follow this web link:

http://news.mak.ac.ug/2013/05/makerere-university-undergraduate-private-admissions-2013-14

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Uganda will be represented in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions worldwide finals by a team of three students from Makerere University who developed an application that can diagnose malaria without pricking any body part.

Team Code 8 is made up of Businge Joshua, Gitta Brian (both first year Computer Science students), Simon Lubambo, a fourth year Electrical Engineering student and their mentor Josiah Kavuma a third year Information Technology student.

Their application named Matibabu uses a light sensor connected to a tablet that is passed over a finger to diagnose malaria. The trio will represent Uganda in the 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup finals to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in July.

To have won this year's Uganda country finals and to have an opportunity to present our country at the Worldwide Imagine Cup along with some of the brightest young minds, is an honour, said the team. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete with students from around the globe who like us, are passionate about making a difference in the world.

Team Code 8 won an all expenses paid trip to the finals and two laptops while the second team Team KodeDream won two laptops courtesy of Microsoft.

Speaking during the competition that attracted over 150 students, Simon Onyango, the Microsoft Business Development Manager in Uganda, challenged the youth to take time to focus on developing technology applications that are wealth creating and not just cool. While many local developers have focused their work on developing consumer applications, it is important that they also look into opportunities that exist in B2C (Business to Consumer) Apps, Independent Software Vendors (ISV), Line of Business Apps and In House Line of Business Apps as these remain unexplored and present real business opportunities, he added.

Onyango also encouraged the youth to continue developing apps on the Windows 8 platform saying it is only a game changer but also an operating system that is apps driven. Windows 8, unlike past operating systems offers a huge global opportunity for developers. They can easily build, submit and sell through the windows store with favorable economic terms. There is no learning curve as local developers can use their existing skills, code, certifications, languages and framework preferences to write for windows.

Drake Patrick Mirembe, the manager of Microsoft Innovation Centre-Uganda (MIC) noted that the MIC was committed to mentoring the teams that had participated in the competition to enable them transform their concepts into innovations that uplift our communities.

This is the first time the finals are jointly held in Uganda by Microsoft, Makerere University and the MIC-Uganda.

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Makerere to host Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 competition

Written by Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:08 Published in News Details comment

The world's premier student technology competition, Microsoft Imagine Cup, is back!

This year we have country finals in Uganda. Join us at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) on 15th April 2013 to see some of the best brains in Ugandan universities use their imagination and passion to create technology solutions that can help solve the world's toughest problems.

It is going to be big, competitive, tough but above all EXCITING!

You don't want to miss it!!!

 

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CiPSD wins $50,000 to support business incubation

Written by Monday, 18 March 2013 16:18 Published in News Details comment

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) has been awarded $50,000 (over sh130m) from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to support its Incubation initiatives aimed at developing mobile applications that address the social/economic development needs of underserved communities in Uganda.

The Center, hosted at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University will provide incubation support to nurture businesses that will commercialize new products and services for which proof-of-concept has been demonstrated. The products include recent research and software innovations within CiPSD and the College as well as concepts developed in the College's Software Business Incubation programme.

Some of the proposed products include: a mobile valley dam water-level monitoring and query application, a mobile application for crop disease surveillance, a mobile tourism directory and reservation application, an SMS and location based auction system that matches commodity crop traders, brokers and small producers, assuring best prices to buyers and sellers without allowing either side to manipulate the market, a national call centre hot-line application for emergency medical directions and advice, and an online coursework tutorial and examination pre-testing system for secondary school and university students.CiPSD wins $50,000 to support business incubation

The funds will also be used to support the operations and expansion of the Center's Software Business Incubation (SBI) programme. This programme has operated with practices proven in the venture capital industry. In the past, it has lacked funds to incubate its most promising entrepreneur groups but with the support from UCC it has the potential to expand its scope and impact while ensuring a sustainable supply of new ICT innovations to incubate in future years.

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Second cohort of Makerere/Amity students graduate

Written by Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:12 Published in News Details comment

A total of 275 students who enrolled for courses offered by Amity University of India have graduated.

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