MakSPH ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) accelerating Female participation in Science and Technology
“Educate the Girl Child and Build the Nation”
2015, a year of great partnership as we work towards positively impacting African communities using innovative solutions. One of the key partnerships within RAN is with the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) to host Uganda National Technovation Challenge. The Technovation Challenge is a 12 Week Technology and Entrepreneurship Program in which teams of secondary school girls and university young ladies are tasked to develop mobile apps. The theme of this year’s competition is “Solve a problem in your local community”. For 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. During the first Uganda National Technovation Challenge face-to-face activity with a mentor and coach training workshop held on Saturday February 21, 2015 at the RAN office premises, the RAN team was joined by teams from nine institutions of learning including: Busitema University, Kisubi Brothers University College, Makerere University, Mbarara University for Science and Technology, Gayaza High School, Kyambogo College School, Lira Town College, Makerere Modern Secondary School and Maryhill High School.
“As we innovate to address communities’ most pressing challenges, let us work in multi-disciplinary teams because what an Engineer brings on board is different from what a Social Scientist or Public Health Specialist will contribute-yet all greatly inform the innovation” Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera, Chancellor Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
RAN’s participation in the Uganda National Technovation Challenge is one of the flagship activities under the RAN4Girls Initiative. The Technovation course material available online can be accessed at http://2015course.technovationchallenge.org/course.