RAN in the News
Welcome to Makerere University School of Public Health - ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)'s  Bulletin covering a series of events, workshops, partnerships we have leveraged and so much more. Here below are some highlights in form of Videos where  RAN has featured in other Media platforms.
  •  RAN engaging communities in Atamba Farm, Mukono with Innovations. A news story from Urban TV can be accessed Here
  • National Technovation Challenge hosting Ugandan Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye at RAN . A news story from Urban TV can be accessed Here

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More stories in the month of July
Design Thinking and Business Modeling Training for RAN interns and Youth from Plan International at RAN Lab on July 15 & 19, 2016
On July 15 and 19, the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) team organized a Design Thinking and Business Modeling training for 80 participants including youth from the SmartUp Factory, a youth hub under Plan International Uganda and students under the RAN internship program at RAN Lab. The students were from various disciplines including Mass Communication, Business Administration, Information Technology, Biomedical Engineering and Social Sciences among others. These participants were taken through the principles of Human Centered Design (HCD) so as to build their skills to innovate solutions that are user centered with a good business model.
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RAN facilitates a DesignThinking and Business Modeling BootCamp at Uganda Christina University Mukono

ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), through the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab) in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship and Project Planning classes (BEPP 1 & 2) at Uganda Christian University (UCU) organized and conducted a half-day Bootcamp on Design Thinking (DT) and Business Modeling on July 20, 2016 from 2pm – 7pm EAT.

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Pre -Technovation Challenge Event, July 21st 2016

Gender differences have been one of the pressing issues in most of the communities in Africa. This is majorly because, men were considered to be the “Bulls” of the family and women were taken to be inferior according to the African culture.
The Technovation Challenge is slowly but surely disproving and changing this belief. Hosted by Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) in the Eastern Africa  Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab) on July 21st_ 22nd  2016, the Uganda Technovation Challenge  has offered rich opportunities to young girls and the youth. 

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The 2016 Uganda Technovation Challenge

This year’s challenge focused mainly on Pitching of submitted Innovations started with introductions of the schools, Institutions, Universities, other stakeholders as well as the RAN team members present. The parents, teachers, coaches and the judges were also recognized and applauded for their willingness to support the working teams and share knowledge among others.
With great excitement the challenge sparked off as the pitches started in style with; The Health Aid team from Bweranyangi Girls S.S.S as they boldly pitched their E-health App. It was followed by 9 more energetic presentations before everyone broke off a break.

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RAN hosts the 3rd Annual Hackathon on Climate Change in collaboration with AidData and NITA - Uganda

On Friday, July 22, 2016 Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) held a Hackathon on Climate Change in collaboration with AidData Center for Development Policy (AidData – USA); a Partner Development Lab under the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) & National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA – U).

The theme for this year’s Hackathon was focused on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) - 13; “Taking urgent action to combat Climate Change and its impacts through Innovation & utilization of open data”.

The event brought together a total of 108 multidisciplinary participants including Developers, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Designers, Social Scientists, Mentors, students to co-create solutions to climate change and its impacts through cross-disciplinary collaboration and mentorship.

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RAN Pitch Tuesdays: A platform to support innovators to refine their projects is growing bigger!
The community, students and faculty all look forward to Tuesdays at the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) because this is when the ‘Pitch Tuesday’ sessions are held. Pitch Tuesday is a weekly event that offers innovators a platform to share their ideas, concepts or projects and receive immediate feedback from the in-house multidisciplinary expert team at RAN. This Pitch Tuesday, July 26, 2016 session featured two projects Stempower and the Smart Water Meter System. See what the innovators pitched in the full story.
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Innovation BootCamp at Muhimbili University in Tanzania July 28 – 29, 2016

ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), through the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab) in partnership with Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences (MUHAS), a Network Plus Partner University in Tanzania facilitated an energizing 3 day Innovation Boot Camp from July 27 – 29, 2016. The event which drew 105 multidisciplinary faculty, students and speakers from the private sector was guided by the theme “Resilient Communities through University led Innovations”. It was aimed at providing participants with knowledge and skills to identify community needs, challenges, development of innovative solutions and effectively diffusing them into the community. The Boot camp kicked off with a courtesy call to the University’s Associate Dean School of Public Health and Social Sciences Dr. Rose N.M. Mpembeni.

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Quenching Communication Thirst: RAN interns trained in Communication  Etiquette

Communication is a two-way process of reaching mutual understanding, in which participants not only exchange information, news, ideas and feelings, but also create and share meaning. It is simply a way of connecting to people and places. It is important to note that we spend 85% of our average working time communicating, either verbally or non-verbally. “We need to become excellent at what we spend most of our time doing” remarked Joseph one of the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)  2016 Student Interns after a training delivered by RAN's Communication Manager - Ms Harriet Adong.
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RAN hosts 13th Garage: The Innovation Garage is supporting local innovators to refine and launch their projects

The air at the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) lab was filled with excitement and anticipation, as we ushered in the end of yet another month with one of our greatly celebrated innovation garage sessions. Innovation Garage events take place on the last Friday of the month at the RAN lab and are guided by the Theme “Catalyzing Engineering Solutions”. The garage offers a platform where inventors and creative thinkers can pitch their ideas before a multidisciplinary audience. This Garage feautured two innovations, ‘The Fruiti-Cycle’ and a ‘Water Purification System that uses Activated Carbon Filters’ and brought together 85 multidisciplinary participants.

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Upcoming activities
  1. West Africa Resilience Innovation Lab Innovation Exhibition, Monday August 8 - Friday August 12, 2016, 9:00 am-5:30 pm
  2. Engagement with the West Africa Resilience Innovation Lab August 8-12, 2016
  3. The SA RI Lab - Pitch Session August 16 2016.
  4. Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) association with the National Association of Student Enterprises (NASE) 2nd "Leap Conference" 2016 August 26th - 27th 2016
  5. Monthly Innovation Garage, Friday August 26, 2016-4:30 pm- 7:00 pm  
  1. Black Box Connect in Silicon Valley, Deadline: Friday,  August 12, 2016 Details
  2. HESN  Student Photo Contest, Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016 Details 
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