The Uganda Technovation challenge/Regional pitch is scheduled for June 4 and 5 2015 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and 8:00am to 2:00pm respectively. The event will take place at the Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab). .
The Technovation Challenge is a technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women. This program teaches these young women how to build mobile applications to solve community challenges where they live. Professional women mentor teams of 3 to 5 girls aged 18 and below and together go through the online curriculum over a period of three months. The program, which has no direct costs to the participants, equips the girls with technical and entrepreneurial skills, with a goal of creating a mobile phone application that they can take to market. The teams first pitch their application to a panel of regional judges and winners at the regional level are invited to the World Pitch Night in Silicon Valley. The winning team receives $10,000 USD towards productization of their application. The Global Theme for 2015 is “To develop an app to solve a real problem in their community”
Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) in partnership with Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) under the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Coalition are hosting the National Technovation Challenge. The Technovation Challenge is a 12 Week Program in which teams of secondary school and university young ladies are tasked to develop mobile applications. The theme of the 2015 competition is “Solve a problem in your local community”. This year, the teams shall also be introduced to the Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Advance Climate (RIC4ACE) challenges as a source of additional challenges they could consider working on. Participating teams are from: Busitema University, Kisubi Brothers University College, Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Gayaza High School, Kyambogo College School, Lira Town College, Makerere Modern Secondary School and Maryhill High School.
This year’s National Theme “Local solutions for community development” is specifically crafted to involve and appreciate the multi-disciplinarity of the various participants in regards to tackling community challenges. We recognize that the African communities challenges cannot be solved by technology alone and hence collaborate with scholars and innovators from other fields and disciplines of specialization.