The inaugural ICT Youth Innovation Symposium organized by Victoria University and LTV happened yesterday at Kampala Parents’ School.
The competition which attracted 11 participating schools was aimed at improving creativity among students and also enable learners develop skills to monetize their ideas.
At the same event, students from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Victoria University launched a mobile application – Nisaidie – which enables users to alert friends and service providers in emergency situations.
Judges, to score the participating teams, focused on key aspects like mode of presentation by looking at smartness, audibility, preciseness in description and time management.
The organizers committed Shs5m towards boosting the innovations presented by students, and this will be followed with mentorship programs.
The best School, St. Mark’s College Namagoma developed a gadget – Modified Farmer’s Machine – which facilitates a farmer to carry out soil testing and weather forecasting.
For research, students visited districts of Isingiro and Ssembabule which were severely affected by drought. And with their project, they hope farmers can predict perfect planting periods.
Bill Clinton Nasasira, the leader of the group said, “We want to fight the problem of delays in harvests which leads to lack of food in the market.”
The farmer’s machine also comprises of an Agrinforme App which provides farmers with information on the market and they can also make inquiries on agriculture.
20 students from Our Lady of Africa, Namilyango developed a program, Dagala Health System, with features that can help individuals find information on diseases and treatment.
Their initiative, Adam Katamba says seeks to address the problem of scarcity of fulltime doctors, overcrowding of patients and time management.
They also hope to prevent cases of self-medication which result into overdose or under-dose.
For St. Stephen’s SS Mukono, learners developed a platform that allows information sharing among farmers.
Emily Nakawombe told judges that they believe their project can “solve the challenge of low market for agriculture products.”
Kalinabiri Secondary School Students say, according to World Health Organization statistics of 2016, 17.3 million people die of cardiovascular diseases.
They therefore came up with a mobile application to help individuals monitor their medication routine and it also provides information on nutrition and exercising.
An electro-cardiographer is part of the software, which helps a patient to detect the pumping rate of her heart.
The application also facilitates direct interaction through video conferencing between a patient and a doctor.
Luzira Secondary School want to resolve the problem of deceptive brokers by providing a platform (Home in Paradise) where a client can connect with a landlord and people constructing houses can also easily find architects.
Henry Poni from Nabisunsa Girls’ School told ChimpReports “our project will make teaching of practical subjects easy.”
Dubbed “Edlog”, the website enables students to interact with teachers and fellow students through video exchanges.
Royal College Makindye students’ “Pregnant Mobile” application seeks to address the challenge of limited health information to pregnant women.
Through the software, mothers can engage doctors or form groups where they can exchange information, says Joshua Gabriel Ramkel who led the group.
Gayaza high school had two crews – one focusing on aiding diabetic individuals to “effectively” communicate with doctors as well as monitor their feeding habits and sugar levels.
“Diabeat it” also comprises of features that remind one when to take drugs.
Divine Komukyeya, a form three student, the leader of members who came up with the “EduShield” app, said “we want to improve the way learners access notes.”
EduShield enhances group discussions; it will allow access to textbook directory, a feature for questions and answers and tutorials was also included.
4 students from St. Mary’s College Kisubi built a website, E-Learn Uganda, which they hope will facilitate easy access to information.
The database will contain ideas on career guidance, textbooks, notes, updates on events, and it also provides for ordering and purchasing items online.
They are also setting up an application which can operate offline.
Bishop Cipriano Kihangire SS just as Gayaza had two groups trying to find solutions to health and education challenges.
With “Edu-App”, Collins Mbulakyalo says the world will get free education.
Its components include chartrooms for discussions, database for notes, examinations among other learning tools.
A SmartBook has also been incorporated to eradicate the hectic lifestyle of carrying heavy bags of books and to make reading flexible and easy.
The health app called Medi Care, according to Daniel Ogwal, enables access to medical treatment procedures, provides information on hospitals and allows for emergency alerts.