RAN in the Community
Welcome to Makerere University School of Public Health - ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)'s  Bulletin covering a series of events, workshops, partnerships , this months is very special because we spent the larger part of the month engaging communities through Needfinding exercises since the community is at the center of RAN's work. Here below are some highlights where  RAN featured in the community and so much more;
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ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) signs MOU with NUCAFE  August 8, 2016
On Monday 8th Aug the RAN Lab signed an MOU with NUCAFE which is an umbrella national farmers’ organization that currently connects farmers in the value chain from 188 member farmer organisations representing over 200,000 farming households in 5 coffee growing regions in Uganda that constitute over 1,000,000 individual farmers. We hope to tap into the large network of farmers to pilot and refine innovations such as the Solar Dryer, Solar Irrigation Pump, Savings Box and even promote diversification among others to build the  Resilience of communities and also promote #Youthskilling #Jobcreation#Homegrowncoffee
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Youth Spark Innovation Grants (YSiG) Capacity Building Training in West Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (WA RILab)-Ghana

ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) secretariat, through the West African Resilience Innovation Lab (WA RILab) in partnership with the University of Development Studies, Tamale campus hosted and delivered a 4 days (August 8th – 11th) jam packed capacity building session for the YSiG innovation teams on M&E, design thinking, business modeling, and MKITS. This session was crowned with an Exhibition of innovative solutions from the community on August 12th 2016 at the International Conference Center. The training which attracted multidisciplinary students, WA RILab ambassadors, and Lab staff (30 in total) was guided by the theme: “Resilient Communities through University led Innovations”. 
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Innovation Seminar @ MakCHS

Makerere University School of Public Health-ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) facilitated an Innovations Seminar at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences on Wednesday August 18, 2016. The seminar, which was guided by the theme Using Innovative approaches to develop adaptive and robust interventions to address community challenges: The Human Centered Design (HCD) Approach” engaged an audience of 85 multidisciplinary faculty members, students and the community at large. The purpose of this session was to encourage participants to innovate and to share RAN’s approach and experiences in the innovation space.
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RAN – CURAD in agreement to grow Innovation

The mid-morning of Friday August 19th 2016 saw a team of 4 RAN representatives (Nathan Tumuhamye, Harriet Adong, Deborah Natujuna and Brian Ndyaguma-Team Lead) meet with the Consortium for enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development Limited (CURAD) Executive Director at their office premises in Makerere University Kabanyolo farm located on Gayaza Road, Kampala Uganda. 
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Sharing Innovator experiences engaging Communities

It was fulfilling to travel to Bushenyi District one of the food baskets of Uganda to participate in the Needfinding exercise August 23-24, 2016. It was a rich opportunity discovering several scaling levers while interacting with the farmer communities. Some of the opportunities for the FRUITI-CYCLE which were explored include; transporting Tea from the gardens to the markets and processing industries, a possibility to adjust FRUITI-CYCLE to be used to distribute milk in the western region of Uganda, rendering the cycle  multi-purpose and exploring partnerships with financial structures within the communities including SACCOs and Farmer Cooperatives among others.
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CAMTech Uganda Global Surgery Hack-a-thon

The CAMTech Uganda Global Surgery Hack-a-thon which was held between August 26th and 28th at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) brought together medtech innovators from around the world to co-create surgical innovations for resource-limited settings. With support from the Babson Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship, the event served as an open innovation platform for a global community of clinicians, academics, engineers, entrepreneurs, industry experts and end-users to co-create innovations over a 48-hour period.
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Leap Conference 2016


The 2016 Leap Conference on 26th and 27th August 2016, lived up to its name, attracting vibrant group of 200 entrepreneurs that were eager to glean from the experiences of a carefully selected, knowledgeable line-up of speakers, panellists and facilitators. Over the two days, the conference offered hands-on experience to students and young entrepreneurs in developing business ideas and pitching these ideas to potential investors.
The conference, which was organised by the National Association of Student Enterprise (NASE) and the Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), very befittingly kicked off with a welcome address from a representative of the First Lady and Minister of Sports and Education- Mrs. Mabel Kiggundu

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Africa Code Week Master Instructor Team train ACW Trainers in Uganda

At daybreak on Sunday 28th August 2016, the Africa Code Week (ACW) Master instructor team from Ireland arrived in Uganda. The team comprised of Bernard Kirk, the Co-founder of ACW and Director of Galway Education Centre, Ciaran O’Connor- in charge of Communications at ACW and four high-spirited trainers who came to equip and train ACW trainers in Uganda.
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Upcoming activities
  1. USAID Innovation Bazaar at RAN Innovation Lab, September 15, 2016
  2. Innovation Bootcamp in DRC at University of Goma Main Hall, September 19 -21, 2016  
  3. HiiL BootCamp at RAN Innovation Lab, September 23, 2016
  4. Monthly Innovation Garage at RAN Innovation Lab, Friday September 30, 2016 - 4:30 pm- 7:00 pm  
  5. ENVenture Bootcamp at the RAN Innovation Lab on October 15-16, 2016
  1. HESN Photo Contest, Deadline: September 16, 2016 Details
  2. RAN MKITs Challenge 2016, Deadline: September 20, 2016 Details
  3. CRID4FAL, Deadline: October 3, 2016 Details 
  4. Securing Water for Food, Details
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