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Dear RAN Friends,

Thank you for the continued support! The RAN Team is committed to the strides directed towards developing innovative solutions to address communities’ most pressing challenges. It is always fulfilling to share with you a collection of stories on activities, events, opportunities and open challenges among others from Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN). You are all key stakeholders in further supporting the US Global Development Lab and partners to develop Solutions through Innovation to address communities’ most pressing challenges that present as disasters in the form of shocks and stresses. Access profiles of innovations under incubation at the RAN Lab here and the full stories in this Bulletin here.

“Solutions through Innovation”

We hope you enjoy reading.

The RAN Team

2016 Technovation Kampala-Uganda Regional Pitch Event

Technovation Regional Pitch events became a part of Technovation in 2015; this year in a bid to accelerate girl participation in science, technology and innovation the Technovation Regional Pitch event organized by Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) took place at Gayaza High School, Kampala Uganda on Sunday, May 1st, 2016. The event brought together 4 Secondary Schools in Uganda that participated in the 12-weeks Technovation Global challenge program including; Gayaza High SchoolMakerere Modern Secondary SchoolNabisunsa Girls’ Secondary School and Maryhill High School. Teams from these schools pitched their ideas paying detail to ensuring that they submit the required deliverables.

 

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Meet the RAN Matibabu Innovators who are currently in Germany
 
On March 14, 2016, Matibabu pitched at the Merck Innovation Center for an opportunity of an accelerator program. Represented by two of the team members, Josiah Kavuma and Shafik Sekitto, the Matibabu team emerged best a pitch Session winning a partnership with Merck. Based in Darmstadt, the City of Science, the Merck Accelerator is offering the Matibabu Innovators a three-month mentorship program which stated May 2016. The team is benefiting from experienced mentors, a robust training program and the backing of a leading Science and Technology company. Other Key benefits to the team include; Funding of € 25,000 and Customized coaching sessions and workshops.
More details are shared here 
Leveraging expertise and knowledge in RAN Core Partners

Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Chief of Party/Lab Director Prof. William Bazeyo with Prof. James Fishkin, Professor of Communication, Political Science and Director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University. This was during a visit to Stanford University in May 2016.

Details about Stanford University’s engagement are shared here

RAN Pitch Tuesday: Turning ideas into real innovative solutions -Innovator presents an improved Sewing Machine!

 

Have you ever taken your clothes to a tailor or even attempted to mend or tailor them yourself? Paul Omare, a mechanical engineering diploma holder, studied the mechanism of sewing machines and discovered that he could manipulate the system to have only a single thread wrought into a stitch. Sewing, also called tailoring or stitching is simply the process of fastening two pieces of material together either using a fiber or a thread with the aid of a needle.

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Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab Youth Spark Innovation Grant Awardees Induction Session

It was yet another fulfilling opportunity on May 5, 2016 to join the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RI Lab) team in the Lab Innovation Space as they inducted the Youth Spark Innovation Grant awardees. This is the third cohort of Innovation beneficiaries of the EA RILab. The induction was attended by 11 teams from Makerere University each represented by 2 members. Under this Grant, the Lab has also awarded innovators from  Network plus universities such as University of Rwanda in Kigali - Rwanda, University of Kishansa in DR Congo  

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Workshop on Innovative Tools for Social Transformation, Rome Italy May 10-12, 2016

The workshop convened by the Rockefeller Foundation brought together over 60 participants from more than 50 social innovation hubs across the world. These included participants from the United Stated Agency for International development (USAID), World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, Bridgespan, Global Knowledge Initiative, IKEA Foundation, ImpactXdesign, Kenya Development Association, Kenya Development Foundation, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Winrock International, Omidyar Network among others. Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) was represented by Dr. Dorothy Okello, Director Innovation and Mr. Nathan Tumuhamye Director Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab.

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The 2016 Health App Challenge on May 13-14, 2016

Marie Stopes Uganda, a Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services provider across Uganda partnered with Hostalite Cyber Academy and pulled additional partners such as Vodafone Uganda, a leading provider of 4G-LTE high-speed broadband data services, and Makerere University School of Public Health - ResilientAfrica Network (RAN),  to hold the 2016 Health App Challenge at the Uganda Museum. The two-day hackathon, May 13-14, 2016 was the first ever inter-university hackathon on health, specifically sexual reproductive health attracting 60 innovators, developers, partners and students from 12 different Ugandan universities including; Makerere University, Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU), Ndejje University, International Health Science University (IHSU), Bugema University, Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Kampala International University (KIU), St. Lawrence University, to mention but a few.

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One Health Research Fellows trained in the Design Thinking (DT) Course

On Thursday, 19th May 2016 the RAN Team had the privilege to train yet another cohort of 40 One Health Research Fellows in the Design Thinking (DT) course. The Fellows had been undertaking other courses in One Health, infectious disease outbreak management, leadership, gender and community engagement, in preparation for field deployment; it was therefore a great opportunity to introduce them to the Human Centered Design (HCD) approach to solution development.

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SA RI Lab Workshops: Technical Support on Business Modeling, Needfinding, MKITS and YSiG Induction May 25-28 2016

On Wednesday May 25, 2016, the RAN Team conducted a Business modeling workshop at Southern Africa RI Lab in one of the lecture halls of the University of Pretoria. 5 RIC4FIG Grantees and 1 YSiG beneficiary participated in this workshop. The session was moderated by Dr Roy William Mayega, RAN Deputy Chief of Party and Co-facilitated by the rest of the RAN team in attendance. Participants were taken through Introduction to Business Thinking.

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RAN Team in the Digkale Community, Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab

A section of the RAN Secretariat team travelled to the Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (RI Lab), hosted at the University of Pretoria to offer technical assistance to the 13 projects (7 RIC4FIG projects being incubated and the 6 newly awarded YSIG Grantees) on Community Engagement, Needfinding, Business thinking, MKITs as well as induction of the newly awarded YSIG grantees to the RAN administrative and technical processes.

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RAN Lab hosts the 11th Innovation Garage

On Friday May 27, 2016 the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RI Lab) hosted 11th Innovation Garage where two innovator teams including FistApp, Q-Ultra pitched their innovations to get garage support. This session unique, we hosted partners from Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law (HiiL) whose objective is to help turn promising ideas into effective technologies, they brought in a new legal perspective by inspiring innovators to start innovating for Justice and publicized the Innovation Justice 2016 challenge with up to Euro 160,000 available to support promising innovations.

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Opportunities
  1. Emco Grant: Supporting research on environmental management; with a conflict mitigation component. Deadline:  July 1, 2016Read more
  2. HESN  Student Photo Contest, Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016 Read more
  3. eHealth Merck Accelerator Africa in Nairobi,  Deadline: July 24, 2016 Read more
More opportunities can be accessed here
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