By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: The ministry of Information Communications Technology (ICT) has announced the date for the 2019 ICT Innovations Awards.
According to ICT and National guidance minister Frank Kagigyi Tumwebaze,the host of this year’s 2nd ICT awards, they will be held on Wednesday 26 June, 2019 and Prime Minister ndugu Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda is the Chief Guest.
While announcing this year’s event, Minister Tumwebaze wrote on his Twitter handle thus; “The Rt Hon Prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda will be our Chief Guest on 26th Jun 2019 on the award ceremony of the ICT innovations to be supported under @Niisp this year. @MoICT_Ug @Tybisa.” The annual Awards which are organised by the Ministry of ICT under the National ICT Initiatives Support Programme (NIIP), are aimed at singling out and recognizing Ugandans who have come up with ICT innovations aimed at improving technology usage and consumption in Uganda. According to Minister Tumwebaze, individuals who will receive awards this year are part of 60 new ICT innovations by Ugandans.
Some of the 2018 Innovations awards winners include;
Academic Information Management System
AIMS is an Integrated Educational management system that automates all the business processes by managing admission, billing and payments, programs and curriculum, payments, human resource and other aspects of the education.
IT Enabled Services – Munu Technologies
IT services including data storage (data entry, processing & conversion), infrastructure as a service (virtual private networks & data center space), IT support (including analytics, cloud services, ERP support services) and contact Center managed by team of professionals.
The EnerGrow platform aims at increasing the efficient use of energy through business training, financial literacy and access to finance through an innovative data-driven financing platform, leveraging data collection through a digital ID and making potential customers attractive to traditional dealer
Dero is an innovation that applies the use of latent power to provide off-grid renewable energy solutions. The innovation aims at providing an alternative source of energy by exploring localized off-grid solutions.
Wulira is a simple but sophisticated android mobile application that is used to assess hearing loss in at-risk patients and provide immediate reporting on results.
This innovation is a Sign Language to Speech Translator aimed at facilitating communication between a deaf person who uses sign language with another person that does not understand sign language.
KiCare is a non-invasive hardware and software technology that tests for Kidney functionality non-invasively, hence a blood sample is not required to perform the kidney functionality test.
Ocular is a Point-of-Care diagnostic tool for microscopically diagnosed diseases including malaria, tuberculosis, intestinal parasites and related illnesses like blood anemia. Ocular works through a prototype smartphone based diagnostic tool – which we have custom-developed and successfully tested .
Blood Donation System
Blood Up is a blood Donation system provides a link between blood donors and centers through the use of a mobile application aimed at increasing access to blood when required. The mobile application is installed on smartphones and notifies eligible donor or recipient about their match.
Xente is an award-winning online payments platform that enables cashless consumer to business transactions. The application supports multiple platforms including feature phones, smartphones, desktop, point of sale and get paid via mobile money, bank cards (Visa, Mastercard), bitcoin and vouchers.