By Ronald Kabuye
A total of 2.5 billion shillings has been shared among the first 12 innovators to benefit from the National ICT initiatives support programme NIISP.
Some of the software that were locally innovated and have been adopted forthwith are in education sectors were six out the 12 public University will be admitting students online and monitoring them online, the system is integrated with UNEB which enables it to eject faked documents.
These universities include makerere university, Kyambogo university, mbarara university of science and technology, makerere university business school, uganda management institute.
Other software innovations are in the Health, Finance, Agriculture, Special Needs, Security, Energy and Tourism.
While awarding the innovators, the second deputy Prime Minister Al-hajji Ali Kirunda Kivajinja said such initiatives are brought up by intellectual leadership to gives youths confidence to that their are not only a solution and future to Uganda but Africa at large.
He added that uganda should graduate from being a net importer of ICT to exporter of ICT before cautioning Ugandans to use ICT responsibly and beneficiaries to use the resources to create jobs and wealth for uganda.
On the Same event the minister for ICT and national guidance Frank Tumwebaze
allauded to the fact that innovation is a key game changer in the economy and key in job creation thus it should be embraced.
He added that it’s high time Uganda gets rid of foreign hubs and content hence a need to develop Ugandan own apps thus challenging the innovators to take up the mantle and develop a katunyumye app(lets chat) instead of whatsapp.
Meanwhile the state minister for ICT Elios Nantaba appealed to the beneficiary not to let down government but rather help it make this initiative a success story.
It’s should be noted that 13 billions were set aside for ict innovation in this financial year out of which 2.5 has been awarded to the first beneficiaries and others is being used to build in Nakawa an innovation eco system were innovators will demonstrate their talents from without paying for the services.
In order to ensure sustainability of the programme it’s government agencies to consume the products first.
350 applications were received with various cutting-edge innovations covering primary sectors including Education, Health, Finance, Agriculture, Special Needs, Security, Energy and Tourism. All regions of Uganda were evenly represented in the submissions with applications received from over 60 districts.
These were subjected to thorough evaluation by a select committee of highly qualified professionals with a primary mandate to select viable investment-ready innovations that can be immediately supported under the programme and out of these, 42 were selected and made it to a final shortlist, 20 were sleeved and 12 qualified for the resources since they had ready to use products and rest were deployed to respective ministry to further scrutinise the product until it’s ready to go on market.
The 12 innovation ready to use products include protecting infants remotely by SMS, students placement system, students evaluation and students courses, academic information management system, eye care which test kidneys online, wulira app to access hearing loss, the virtual tourism tool, advanced intrusion detection system, police record management system, digitalized meter and prepaid water system among others.