On October 7th 2016, the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Biomedical Engineering Students’ Association (MUBESA) conducted the 3rd Annual Freshman’s Challenge guided by the theme; “Technological Interventions in Patient comfort and care”. The event attracted over 100 students who competed for cash prizes as well as other incubation support for their innovative ideas. Three prizes were awarded to the winners of this challenge: US $300, US $200, and US $100. The awards were held in Davis Lecture Theatre, Makerere University College of Health Sciences.
As a culture, MUBESA welcomes the fresh brains of the Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering Program at Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Biomedical Sciences, Makerere University with a mind blowing healthcare challenge. The challenge convenes together all the first year students at the College to thoroughly dissect a given problem/theme and creatively come up with transformative solutions that have the potential to positively change the trajectory of communities. “What a brain teaser to all the fresh brains?” noted one participant.
The first prize (US $300) went to a team that is developing prosthetic limbs for rehabilitation of amputees while the second prize (US $200) went to a team that is developing a pain free dental kit that uses vibrations to create numbness during a dental procedure thus cutting off the need for painful injections with an anesthetic. The final team scooped US $100 and will be developing a body fitness exercise/cycling equipment codenamed ‘cycotech’ especially for patients that have been hospitalized with a heart disease. The awards were presented by Prof. Moses Joloba who is the Dean-School of Biomedical Sciences and Mr. Nathan Tumuhamye, the Director of the RAN Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab).
The ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) www.ranlab.org was part of the cross disciplinary team of judges at this event. RAN also supported the student community with the awards to the three winning teams as well as pledging incubation support at the innovation hub on plot 28 Upper Kololo Terrace, Kampala Uganda. “We are proud to associate with the young talent at the Universities across Africa and RAN is willing to hold the hand of innovators and walk with them during their innovation journey” remarked Dr. Julius Ssentongo who is the Program Coordinator for the EA RILab that is hosted at Makerere University School of Public Health. Dr. Ssentongo also represented RAN on the judge’s panel.
Makerere University Biomedical Engineering Students’ Association (MUBESA) is a registered students’ association at Makerere University that brings together all students and alumni that are pursuing and have pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (BBE). The association aims at being the platform through which students can practically put what is taught in class into