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Dear RAN Friends,

Welcome to the 11th month of 2016 News Bulletin

The RAN Team is always delighted to share regular publications and keep you in touch with news and developments which relate to RAN and its implementation.  

Read more about what transpired through-out the month of November 2016 in this Bulletin and access details on the RAN Website www.ranlab.org.

We hope that you enjoy reading!

 

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Makerere University Biomedical Engineering Students’ Association (MUBESA) Freshman’s Challenge 2016

 
On October 7th 2016, the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Biomedical Engineering Students’ Association (MUBESA) conducted the 3rd Annual Freshman’s Challenge guided by the theme; “Technological Interventions in Patient comfort and care”. The event attracted over 100 students who competed for cash prizes as well as other incubation support for their innovative ideas. Three prizes were awarded to the winners of this challenge: US $300, US $200, and US $100. The awards were held in Davis Lecture Theatre, Makerere University College of Health Sciences.
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Modular Knowledge and Information Transaction Systems (MKITS) Challenge 2016

 
On November 3rd 2016, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) held the 2nd Modular Knowledge and Information Transaction Systems (MKITS) photo and video challenge award giving ceremony which was attended by 86 people from all walks of life at the RAN premises. The purpose of the Challenge was to create awareness and encourage more people to document not only their innovations but also day to-day happenings using short informative videos and talking photos.
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Partnership with National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) in the 2nd Uganda National Coffee Festival 2016

 
On 4th November 2016, the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) in partnership with ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), Centenary Bank, Consortium for enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development Limited (CURAD), AVSI Foundation, GoBig Hub Uganda Coffee Development Authority, organized the 2nd Uganda National Coffee Festival 2016 held at Namboole Sports Stadium. This brought together about 5000 participants and 36 Exhibitors to showcase and exhibit their products, projects and innovations. Youth elevator pitching competitions by those working on coffee specific innovations also characterized this festival.
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Makerere University tops all again at TechCon 2016!

 
During the interactive Innovation Marketplace at the USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN)  technical convening TechCon 2016 in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston USA, November 10-12, 2016, innovators from Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Public Health-ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) scooped top two cash prizes out of 24 competitors in the category of Products and Services. Elijah Djan, an Innovator from RAN’s Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab working on the Nubrix project-‘re-cycling paper to produce bricks, walked away with the 1st prize worth USD 2,500  while Grace Nakibaala, an architect from Makerere University working on the Pedal Tap Innovation ‘non-touch water dispensing system’ won in the 2nd place USD 1,500.
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University of Pretoria students win big at the USAID HESN TechCon 2016 and Innovation Hub GAP competitions
 
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00 to Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 12:00

The RAN Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (SA RILab) hosted at University of Pretoria, Department of Research and Innovation Support Graduate Centre works together with students to identify, develop and nurture innovations transforming them into viable businesses for building resilience in African communities. Such efforts support the University’s community outreach programmes that help bridge the gap between university scholarship and community knowledge.

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Sharing Experiences from TechCon 2016 As told by Grace Nakibaala, one of the RAN Innovators

 

It was an honor for me to have been part of the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network TechCon 2016 from November 10th-12th at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I can confidently say that my participation greatly enriched my experience through this rich journey of creatively thinking and innovating to address communities’ most pressing challenges.

My participation in the TechCon 2016 Innovation Market place opened a lot of different thoughts about the innovation ‘PedalTap’ ()which we are currently working on.

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Enhancing knowledge generation and sharing through the TECHNOSPARK Partnership Digital Entrepreneurship and ICT Innovations Training November 17th-18th 2016

 
“It is through partnership that we together achieve more” always notes Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean Makerere University School of Public Health, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Chief of Party and Lab Director. In a partnership with National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) under the aegis of Ministry of ICT, the World Bank, AVASANT and RAN co-organized and facilitated a 2-day training on Digital Entrepreneurship and ICT for budding entrepreneurs and students. The training titled TECHNOSPARK was held at the RAN Innovation Lab (located on Plot 28, Upper Kololo Terrace) on November 17th 2016 and at the Information Access Center (located within the Ministry of ICT, ICT House-Plot 10/12 Parliamentary Avenue) on November 18th 2016.
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Launch of Technovation Club at Gayaza High School; November 27th 2016
 
The Technovation challenge is an international 12 Week technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women. The initiative, which is targeted at girls aged 11 to 19 years is housed under the RAN4Gals program (run in the Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Innovation Lab) in Kampala Uganda. Technovation has been embraced by over 20 schools in the central region and at least 2 schools in each of the other regions of Uganda; East, West and North. To aid the continuity of the program, participating schools this year will offer ‘Technovation clubs’ among their extra curricular activities.
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IGAD Climate Hackathon, November 28-30, 2016

 
The start to mid-week, Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th November 2016 saw the first ever Climate Hackathon take place in IGAD- Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC), Nairobi Kenya. “It was gratifying to have been a keen and committed member of a team which initially held discussions with the team from IGAD and UNDP deliberating all necessary to inaugurate the IGAD Climate Resilience Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya” shared Harriet Adong, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Communications Manager. This Hub would incubate and take care of the innovations being developed in the greater Horn of Africa.
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Innovation Bootcamp at University of Nairobi, Kenya November 28, 2016

 
The Bootcamp was held on Monday November 28, 2016 at the University of Nairobi, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kabete Campus. The main purpose of this engagement was to engross students, faculty, University Management and the community at large to embrace innovation and establish an ecosystem of budding young entrepreneurs and innovators. The event brought together over 65 cross disciplinary participants who benefited from the Design Thinking (DT) Training delivered by the RAN team.
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Sharing about the Water Purification System, one of the innovations under incubation at RAN 
 
On behalf of the innovators working on the Water Purification system, I would like to thank the entire RAN team for  all the support being given to us in an effort to further develop this innovation. Working closely with the RAN team has given us an opportunity  to  further grow as individuals  with creative minds. It is through RAN that we have attained  mentorship, financial support and been able to  network with a multidisciplinary community of experts both nationally and internationally. We would not have reached where we are, if it was not  for the RAN support, thank you RAN team!  

It is  also exciting to share the good news that our project was certified by Uganda 's National Water and Sewerage Cooperation basing on the quality of the water produced which satisfied the national standards. We are committed to innovating up to the last mile as we together positively impact the communities. 

The Water Purification System is an innovative project providing safe, clean pure water free from all contaminants to urban, and rural areas. It also provides an alternative source of chemical free water while treating contaminated water ready for consumption.

As told by Timothy Kayondo, the Lead Team Innovator. 

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