Five schools that emerged winners in the inaugural Victoria University youth innovation competition will have their projects funded so that they are able to realize their goals.
In partnership with LTV, Victoria University has committed Shs5m towards boosting the innovations presented by students, and this will be followed with mentorship programs.
Held at Kampala Parents’ School on Saturday July 8, the event dubbed “LTV, Victoria University ICT Youth Innovation Symposium” attracted participation from 11 schools.
Other schools attended to witness and learn from the technology face-off.
The schools that vied include; Nabisunsa Girls’ School, Namilyango Senior Secondary School, St. Mark’s College Namagoma, Gayaza High School, St. Stephen’s SS Mukono and Kalinabiri Secondary School.
St. Mary’s College Kisubi, Bishop Cipriano Kihangire Senior Secondary School, Luzira SS, Royal College Makindye and St. Elizabeth SS Nkongwe were also turned up for the showdown.
Student’s innovations majorly aimed at solving challenges in sectors like health, agriculture and security.
Education problem solving applications and websites were the most presented projects.
To come up with results, the judges focused on key aspects like mode of presentation by looking at smartness, audibility, preciseness in description and time management.
The applicability and importance of the idea were also of significant importance.
The team of 5 judges was led by Dr. Terry kahuna, the dean Faculty of ICT at Victoria University who appreciated the schools for sending students and further called upon students to engage in group work for easier learning.
“Working as a team helps you learn faster and it also makes work easier,” Kahuna said.
He further promised that the ICT challenge will continue to happen annually.
In the end, St. Mark’s College Namagoma who developed a tool – Modified Farmers’ Machine – scooped the first position.
The machine helps in weather forecasting and soil testing.
Bill Clinton Nasasira, the team leader said, after visiting areas of Isingiro and Sembabule which were the most affected by drought, “we felt a need to address the plight, given agriculture is the leading source of revenue to the country.”
Gayaza High School came in the second position and Bishop Cipriano Kihangire, Nabisunsa, Namilyango SS and Kalinabiri followed.
All students that participated were given certificates.
At the event, students were also trained in different aspects of life including entrepreneurship, career, social skills and how to monetize their ideas.
Godfrey Ivudria, the managing director of East African Business Week walked students through the principles of success which he listed as appearance, good habits, people skills, emotional intelligence and etiquette.