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Dear Reader,

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 October in this  Bulletin and access details on the RAN Website www.ranlab.org.

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RAN participates in the “Science of Scaling Conference” at DIL – UC Berkeley

On 26th September 2016, the Development Impact Lab (DIL) one of the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) Labs headquartered at University of California (UC) Berkeley and co-managed by the Blum Center for Developing Economies and Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) hosted the Science of Scaling Conference. The conference was officially opened with welcome remarks from Heather Lofthouse, the Director of special projects at the Blum Center, Temina Madon, Executive Director for CEGA and Ticora.V. Jones, Division Chief of the HESN, USAID who emphasized the power of strong research, innovation and partnerships. It is very important for researchers to build scale into the research and development process from the beginning.
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RAN shines in the 2016 Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) Photo Contest!
‘The power of visual documentation’

During the month of July, Mark travelled to Kamuli district, Eastern Uganda and it was in his village Bugulumbya where he met a man and his daughter returning from the garden with a sack full of maize on a bicycle. The photo depicted challenges that farmers are grappling with like post-harvest handling and transportation of produce to the market. “Small holder farmers engage their household members, they use a lot of effort and work so hard but yet reap very little” noted Mark.
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RAN @ the 24th Uganda International Trade Fair (UGITF 2016) – Uganda Manufacturers’ Association Show Grounds

This year, the Makerere University School of Public Health- ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) joined in the 24th Uganda International Trade Fair (UGITF) to exhibit twelve of the innovation projects under incubation in the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab. The Trade Fair, which is organised by the Uganda Manufacturers’ Association (UMA) is a greatly anticipated, multi-sectoral trade and business event which takes place at the UMA showground, Lugogo Kampala Uganda. It provides a wide platform and show window to display products/services to a large audience from all over the world and often ushers the Uganda National Independence Day celebrations.
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ENVenture BootCamp 2016

In the month of October, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) worked with EN Venture Enterprises to organize and host the ENVenture BootCamp, a business management and entrepreneurship workshop to build capacity of 30 representatives of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that included retailers and suppliers for locally made clean energy products across the country.  The boot camp training focused on specific subjects including Project & Human Resource Management, Accounting and Finance principles for small businesses as well as how to develop the Business Road-map.
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Joint OpenEd Initiative program for 12 weeks in partnership with Ms Laura Richards – an AidData Summer Fellow

Friday October 7, 2016  2:00pm EAT saw the kick start of the  Joint OpenEd Fellowship program running for 12 weeks in partnership with the ResilientAfrican Network (RAN), Open Sustainability Institute, k- Lab in Kigali and the OpenEd Initiative, which was recently founded by Ms. Laura Richards – an AidData Summer Fellow who completed her fellowship in Uganda last August 2016. Laura was inspired to keep delivering Geographic Information System (GIS) Training courses to interested passionate young people remotely to promote long life learning.
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Supporting Innovations at the 2nd Joint International Students Scientific Conference (JISSC)

On the morning of Friday October 14th, 2016, the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)  team joined in the 2nd Joint International Students Scientific Conference (JISSC). The conference, which took place over three days; October 12th to 14th at the Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala Uganda was conceptualized by the students of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences to promote knowledge sharing and networking across Health Science students in Uganda, Africa, and the world at large. This year’s conference brought close to 100 multidisciplinary participants from 5 countries together including participants from Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Kenya. A big thank you to the conference sponsors who included the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) among others.
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RAN’s ‘Wekebere’ Innovator at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference and 5th African Higher Education Week 17-21 October 2016 Cape Town, South Africa

The RUFORUM biennial conference and 5th African Higher Education week are events held every two years, to bring together higher education stakeholders, including postgraduate students. The focus is to build momentum for rural transformation and to discuss strategies for strengthening the African higher education sector and linking them more closely with economic development. The conference theme was “linking agricultural universities with civil society, the private sector, governments and other stakeholders in support of agricultural development in Africa”.
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The Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Conflict (RIC4CONF) Grants Call Awards Ceremony

ResilientAfrica Network’s Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab) at Makerere University is pleased to announce award worth 952M (Nine hundred fifty two million shillings only) to 8 innovation teams. Each team has taken home 119M (One hundred nineteen million shillings only), funds to support the innovators to further develop their ideas for the benefit of the communities in need.
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Africa Code Week Launch in Kampala Uganda
 
On 20th October, 2016 the Makerere University School of Public Health-ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) was invited to the Irish Embassy in Kampala, Uganda to launch the Africa Code Week (ACW) program in Uganda.  ACW is a continent-wide initiative spearheaded by the German multinational corporation and market leader in enterprise application software- Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing(SAP), with support from the Galway Education Centre, Ireland that aims to spark the interest of African children, teenagers and young adults in software coding. Currently in its second year of implementation, the initiative plans to engage over 150,000 youth across 30 countries.
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Standing together in the fight Against Cancer, October 22, 2016

On October 22, 2016, Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) team members individually joined other stakeholders including; AAR Insurance, Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), Nakummatt supermarket, All Saints Cathedral, Radio City, MEGA Pix, Café Pap, NTV Uganda, RIHAM, Rwenzori and Wava water in the Royal High Tea event to raise funds directed towards further supporting the children’s’ cancer ward in Mulago National Hospital, Kampala Uganda. The highly attended colorful event which brought together approximately 500 multidisciplinary and cross sectoral participants was held at the Kololo Airstrip. It was organized by Nkesiga Cancer Foundation and honored by Allen Kagina, Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) as Chief Guest. 
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Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology 5th Open Day and Fashion Show 2016

The 5th annual College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) open day and fashion show took place on Friday October 21st, 2016 to Saturday October 22nd 2016 at Makerere University. This event provides an opportunity for students and staff to exhibit and showcase all the innovative projects they are working on. In the same vein, it is an opportunity for the stakeholders to see the first-hand potential available for technological transformation of Uganda. This year, the open day activities were guided by the theme: “Addressing Unemployment among the Youth through Technological Innovation and Advancement”.
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RAN @ the AARSE2016 International Conference

Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) as a Conference Sponsor actively joined in the International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE2016) This Conference, which brought together over 350 international participants was held from October 24 to 28, 2016 at Hotel Africana, Kampala Uganda. While at the conference, other than heavily getting involved in networking and engagement of key stakeholders, the RAN Team was engaged in the following activities;
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Africa Code Week (ACW) Day

The Africa Code Week ACW day brought together 30 of the ACW trainers and 250 of the ACW students from the following schools: Nakivubu Blue Primary School, Nakasero Primary School, Kalinabiri Primary School, KCCA Primary School, Makerere Modern Secondary School, Kololo Senior Secondary School and Luzira Secondary School. The students, aged 7 to 14 had been introduced to the basics of coding on ‘Scratch’- an open source learning platform developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab to simplify the face of coding, at the ACW workshops that took place at the various schools.
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RAN 15th Innovation Garage Session on Robotics held on Friday October 28, 2016

The evening of October 30th 2016 hosted Eng. Ephraim Malinga, an innovator and Graduate Research Assistant at the iLabs Project, Makerere University also passionate about Electronics. Ephraim is also a team member of the famous EpiTent project [a Re-Imagined Retrofit-able Humanitarian Emergency Tent] designed by a multidisciplinary team from RAN and Makerere University. He begun by providing an overview on the evolution of technology and shared about the different ways technology has shaped people’s lives and made them work ‘more efficiently’; from computerized messaging to driving, flying equipment to computerized hospital and warfare management systems.
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Upcoming activities
  1. IGAD Climate Change Hackathon in Nairobi, Kenya-November 28-30, 2016
  2. University of Nairobi Bootcamp-December 1, 2016
  3. Needfinding to further inform the innovation process-November 28 - December 16, 2016
Opportunities
  1. CRID4CID, Deadline: November 30, 2016 11:59 pm EAT  Details
  2. YSiG+, Deadline November 30, 2016 11:59 pm EAT Details
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