2017 National Technovation Challenge

The Global Technovation Challenge is an annual global technology entrepreneurship program and competition for girls around the world between the ages of 10 to 18. The program instills in these girls, key skills in mobile application development, entrepreneurship, problem solving and team work. The competition follows a 12-week curriculum that teaches girls to identify and address pertinent challenges in their communities through the development and use of a mobile phone application. Activities for the Global Technovation Challenge in Uganda are coordinated by the Makerere University School do Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Eastern Africa Resileince Innovation Lab (EA RILab) under the RAN4Gals initiative. In addition to supporting the girls who participate in the Global Technovation Challenge through capacity building, RAN also hosts the National Technovation Challenge to onboard new schools onto the program and offer them the chance to develop applications and compete against other schools across the country. The schools which qualify to participate in the National Technovation Challenge are sourced from all over the country through the schools’ engagement program. This contest is also an opportunity for the female University students to pitch their innovative ideas, receive criticism for further idea development while attracting growth partners working towards strengthening the innovation culture in the University and beyond.

This year, RAN together with participating schools and partner organizations like the Oysters and Pearls in Gulu-Northern Uganda, organized and hosted regional pitch sessions for the Global Technovation Challenge in Northern and Central Uganda. Additionally, the Technovation Challenge team in Uganda has reached out to 562 students and teachers in over 30 schools from four regions of the country (Eastern, Northern, Central and Western Uganda) and introduced them to the Technovation Challenge program activities.  As a result of these concerted efforts, the Ugandan based Technovation Challenge team received close to 40 applications for the National challenge. Within the applications are suggested solutions to problems that are within one of the six United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) tracks (the theme for this year’s National and Global) Technovation Challenge: poverty, the environment, peace, equality, education, and health. These applications were judged by a panel of 8 independent judges and the Top teams from the Top two best schools in each region (North, West and Central) were selected. These finalist teams presented their ideas at the National Technovation Challenge Award Ceremony on Friday July 21st, 2017 at the Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) hall. Prior to this ceremony however, RAN together with ‘Stempower’ and ‘Innovate Her’ co-facilitated a fun-filled, hands-on capacity building event on Thursday July 20th, 2017 at the RAN Innovation Lab located on Plot 28, Upper Kololo Terrace, Kampala Uganda. This half-day workshop welcomed girls from the different participating insititutions-6 secondary schools and 2 Universities (Lira Town College, Gulu High School, Bweranyagi Girls School, Nyaka Vocational School, Nabisunsa Girls School, Gayaza High School, Lira University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology) to take part in various breakout sessions that further exposed them to various applications of Science, Technology and Innovation but also gave them the opportunity to pitch their ideas and receive feedback directed towards further improvement of these ideas.  These were efforts directed towards prepping the young girls for the Friday session.

On Friday July 21, 2017, over 200 young girls came together to share their innovative ideas with a panel of 7 judges at the Makerere University CEDAT hall. Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, the Principal at CEDAT honored the event as a host and in his remarks shared that he was glad to have noted an increase of women involvement in Engineering and Science in CEDAT to a percentage of 30 %. He urged more girls to uptake science saying that it was his role as the Principal to bias most of the National Technovation Challenge participants to strive to join CEDAT during their University Education. ‘I am particularly happy to be part of this team at RAN who are spear heading the engagement of more girls in Science, Technology and Innovation. Let us all adopt using engineering to for example improve healthcare delivery’ he said. I am intrigued by the application and practicability of scientific aspects, he added. He also shared that he was one of the people looking forward to being invited to an even where RAN would be launching one, two or more of the innovative solutions in the market.

prof Henry

Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, the Principal at CEDAT

Hon. Dr. Miria Matembe, a founder member of the Centre for Women in Governance (CEWIGO) http://www.cewigo.org/hon-dr-miria-rk-matembe graced this event as the Chief Guest. The energetic and out spoken women activist and politician while addressing the girls shared about her passion for women and young girls noting that she was excited for having been invited to the National Technovation Challenge an opportunity all young girls should strongly embrace for growth and development. ‘Allow me to sincerely thank the RAN team for all the good work they are doing to positively impact communities. RAN is a good project because through its activities like supporting the Technovation Challenge scope of work, it is fighting discrimination against women’ Hon. Matembe happily shared. ‘It was not originally automatic for women and girls to gain and benefit from such programs, opportunities and experiences, therefore I urge all of you to embrace this initiative with widely open hands and hearts’ she added.  It is such programs which make the young people to also feel that they are part and parcel of the solutions to communities’ challenges and this feeling is very special to such growing individuals. Some of the learnings she shared with the young girls included;

  • Reference to herself as a fully accomplished woman of destiny, ethics and integrity fighter,
  • The need to have role models in life as these help to shape our future
  • The need for all to struggle on until she/he realizes an achievement
  • The importance of confidence in life given that this is what can take even girls to greater heights
  • Need to develop an application to address governance related challenges noting that once the governance problems in Uganda are addressed, then that would mark the start of solving all the other problems in the country
  • One needs to have a strong sense of identity to be empowered, the gain power and have influence
  • She encouraged all the participants to have a dream, burn with a passion and run with a vision
  • A woman brings meaning, life and perfection to the community thus the need to uphold women and girls in all endeavors
  • That women are God’s factories and the workers in these factories are the men. Women therefore have to always hold a high self-esteem given their roles assigned by God
  • As a woman or young girl, you can do anything a man or boy can do, never demean yourself
  • She donated her book titled ‘Woman in the Eyes of God’ to all the participating schools sharing that, please read this book and place it in your libraries so that others too can read and reference it as we together strive for women growth and development

Hon Miria

Hon. Dr. Miria Matembe

Lynn Kirabo, a Software Engineer, Big Data Enthusiast, FrontEnd Developer, Valedictorian 2015 and Carnegie Mellon Alumna later in her commencement speech shared with the girls her life story having not passed well her Senior 6 (Upper Secondary) examinations but now already registering to pursue a Ph.D. in a field related to pushing further Science, Innovation and technology. ‘My mission is to inspire African women to harness the power of technological innovation to pursue their dreams and thus have an impact on the future of this continent’ a smiling young lady in Lynn shared. ‘Failure does not define who you are. It is an opportunity for you to gather your pieces, stand-up, move on and excel’ she stressed. ‘Humble beginnings help us to learn and build our bases’, Lynn added. She also encouraged the young girls to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) noting that gone are the days when these subjects used to be entirely for the boys.

After the pitch and speech session, it was time for the audience to receive the judges’ verdict. The lead judge, shared that all the pitches were excellent and all the proposed solutions were in line with the community challenges which they were suggested to address. She however reminded all that in all competitions, there are always those teams or individuals who stand out.

  • Having more clearly and eloquently pitched their proposed solution, Nyaka Vocational School scooped the prize for the best pitch
  • The 2nd Runner Up was Gulu University
  • 1st Runner Up was Gayaza High School
  • The best secondary school was Nabisunsa Girls School with a team which pitched their innovative ideas suggesting the improvement of child care through offering better nanny services.
  • Lira University too emerged best in the University category with an application code named EDU App to help update parents and guardians about their child’s school performance


Lynn Kirabo

These young innovators and their schools will continue to receive incubation support from the RAN Innovation lab so that some if not all the proposed solutions are soon or later launched in the Ugandan markets and beyond. Nathan Tumuhamye, the RAN EA RILab Director thanked all participants, teachers, mentors, judges and the RAN team for their efforts towards a successful National Technovation Challenge event. As he closed the day’s event, he urged all to continue working hard to serve the communities in need. ‘Thank you all, please be motivated that we are on the right path supporting and further grooming the future of this country and the world at large’ he noted.

‘Innovating with and for the Girl Child’

Kampala Regional Pitch Event


On Tuesday  May 2, 2017, the Kampala Regional Pitch event was held with the support of Idriscent, Technovation and ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) The event took place at the Nabisunsa Girls’ Secondary School in Kampala, Uganda between 9:00am and 5:00pm EAT (Table 1- Agenda). Teams from Kampala that participated in the 12-week Technovation Global challenge program and managed to submit the required deliverables prior to the global deadline of April 26, 2017 were invited to attend and participate in this event. This year, a new school- Nyaka Vocational School in Kanungu district, Western Uganda completed the online application for the challenge and were therefore able to participate in the Kampala regional pitch event. A total of 100 students and mentors/trainers from 3 schools, namely: Nyaka Vocational School, Gayaza High School and Nabisunsa Girls’ Secondary School in Kampala, actively participated in the day-long event.

Time Activity
8:30 – 9:00am Arrival and registration
9:00 – 9:05am Introductory Remarks from Nabisunsa administration
9:05 – 9:15am RAN Overview by Natasha Kassami
9:15 – 9:30am Technovation Challenge Update by Sheila Agaba
9:30 – 10:35 am 3 Pitches
10:35 – 11:00am Tea Break
11:00 – 1:00pm 8 Pitches
1:00 – 1:15pm Address from the Technovation Regional Ambassador- Eng. Dr. Dorothy Okello
1:15 – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00- 2:30 Judges convening
2:30 – 2:45pm Judges commentary
2:45- 3:00pm Awarding of Winners
3:00 – 3:15pm Closing Remarks
3:30- 3:30pm Group Photos/ Judges convening

Table 1: Agenda for the Regional Pitch

Opening Remarks

This event was opened by Natasha Kassami(the Engagement Officer at RAN) She welcomed participants and congratulated them on successfully completing their submissions. She went on to introduce the participants to the RAN4Gals initiative highlighting its objectives. ‘While working with innovators at the RAN Innovation Lab and related spaces, we realised that very few girls walked through our doors and participated in innovation. This was a big deal for us because girls/women make up almost 50% of the population and if they are not involved then we are missing out on the ideas and views of this demographic,” she added before inviting Sheila Agaba (RAN Technovation Consultant and Technovation Master Educator) to shed light on this year’s Technovation Challenge. Sheila shared the theme of this year’s challenge, which focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlighted the agenda of the day. She also congratulated the teams that made it to the submission deadline as it was not an easy task. She motioned the girls not to look at just winning the Regional challenge but to focus on the skills they developed during the program. Sheila was able to clearly elaborate the different shortcomings and achievements for this year’s challenge and promised to use the lessons to organise a better challenge for 2018.


Eleven teams pitched their ideas during the event to a panel of 5 judges namely; Brenda Katwesigye (Director at Wazi Vision), Emily Karungi (Organiser at Django Girls), David Kangye (Team Lead at AkiraDigital), Harriet Adong (Communications Manager at RAN) and Natasha Kassami (Engagement Officer at RAN). The 11 teams included 8 teams from Gayaza High School, 2 Teams from Nabisunsa Girls Secondary School and 1 team from Nyaka Vocational School (Table 2).

Application Name Team Name School
WorkIT Workit Gayaza High School
Teen globe Teenglobe Gayaza High School
Momager GBU Nabisunsa Girls’ Secondary
ADV-Against Domestic Violence AFLOTS18 Gayaza High School
Glambition Glambition Gayaza High School
Autocall Auto Call Gayaza High School
Diabeat IT Health Boosters Gayaza High School
Employ Cyber Gayaza High School
Transfarm Tranformers Gayaza High School
Agrosafe LXB Nabisunsa Girls’ Secondary
PATIENT CARE APP (PCA) Nyaka Young Engineers Nyaka Vocational School

Table 2: Teams that presented at the Kampala Regional Pitching Event

Judges Feedback

Each team was scored on the 5 criteria listed in the 2017 Technovation judging rubric and an overall (average) score of all the judges’ scoring was used to decide the teams’ rankings (Table 3). Overall, Team WorkIT emerged in first place with Teen Globe and GBU as first and second runner up, respectively. WorkIT received gifts of Android smartphones that they could use in testing their applications. These phones would also be helpful for the forthcoming challenges as they would remain within the school. The 2 teams qualify to join the semi-finalists for the Global challenge and are hopeful to participate in the Finals.

The following feedback was given by the judges:

  • All teams delivered passionate presentations on their mobile application and were able to address most of the questions directed to them.
  • Teams need to be supported in better understanding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relevance and how their projects relate to the SDGs.
  • Teams need to be given more time to work with App inventor to further develop their mobile applications.
  • Teams that proposed applications that offer further information (e.g. information dietary recommendation, disease management, etc) should be challenged to consider where they will source this information and how it will be displayed on the app to interest the user.
  • Teams should reference the sources of their statistics very clearly.
  • In thinking about their business model teams should:
    • Teams should do more research on their potential competitors and what they do so that they are able to better highlight their competitive advantage over their competitors.
    • Consider whether their model would be viable for their target population i.e. if the application is targeted towards unemployed youth or small-scale farmers charging them might not be the most viable model.
    • Consider how they might reach or advertise their application to the target population and how they might partner with existing organisations who would benefit from their application
  • Many of the applications did not have a “back” button to allow the user to return to the previous page, something all teams were cautioned to work on moving forward.
  • All teams needed to up their energy while pitching and most importantly exhibit passion for what they are offering.
  • They also needed to clearly appreciate and understand their end users so that launching these solutions to the market is not an uphill task.

Judge 1 Judge 2 Judge 3 Judge 4 Judge 5
WorkIT by Workit 76 75 65 80 75 371 74.2
Teen globe by Teenglobe 88 70 68 53 80 359 71.8
Momager by GBU 67 68 70 70 82 357 71.4
ADV-Against Domestic Violence by AFLOTS18 83 65 59 65 60 332 66.4
Glambition by Glambition 78 62 58 55 74 327 65.4
Autocall by Auto call 82 50 60 90 45 327 65.4
Diabeat IT by Health Boosters 58 62 54 72 60 306 61.2
Employ by Cyber 54 60 52 68 65 299 59.8
Transfarm by Transformers 64 62 57 60 55 298 59.6
Agrosafe by LXB 73 50 55 50 70 298 59.6
PATIENT CARE APP (PCA) by Nyaka Young Engineers 52 52 50 40 40 234 46.8

Table 3: Overall Judges Scores for 11 teams

Closing Remarks

Closing remarks were given by the Ugandan Technovation Regional Ambassador and Director Innovations at RAN- Dr. Eng. Dorothy Okello. In her address, Dr. Eng. Okello thanked the trainers and RAN4Gals team for their efforts in making this a successful event. She motioned the girls to keep trying in the field of technology if they are to go as far as she has gone in that field and offered to be consulted by the young ladies during the holidays. She was thankful to the team from the western part of Uganda who were participating for the first time but were able to make it to the submission deadline. Dorothy then shared with the ladies the opportunity for the Student ambassadors that would help build their leadership skills as they progressed with school. She finally thanked Nabisunsa Girls’ Secondary School for hosting the pitching event and for their warm hospitality.

More pictures of the event found here.

Technovation outreach to East, West, Central and Northern Uganda

Technovation outreach

Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)  has continued to closely support the implementation of the Technovation Challenge  activities within Uganda and all the network partners. This year, the Technovation outreach exercise started on Sunday April 2nd,  2017 when the teams set off from Kampala to different parts of the country. This community engagement exercise had been scheduled for 7 days .The Secondary schools to be visited are located in the North, East and Western regions of Uganda .Each region was headed by a RAN staff and supported by the technovation trainers some of who are from the target schools .The main aim of this outreach exercise was to reach out to the young girls in different secondary  schools and train them in different science, innovation and technology skills ,equipping them with expertise and knowledge of developing mobile applications to respond to different community challenges where they live but also in preparation for the National and Global Technovation Challenge.

The Objectives of the outreach exercise were to;

  • Train the teams in different schools on the Human centered Design Approach guiding them on how to conceive, develop and nurture best innovative solutions to communities’ most pressing challenges,
  • Offer training  on MIT APP INVENTOR-a software which these females can use to develop the mobile applications,
  • Train the girls in how to effectively Pitch their solutions while helping them to further polish their presentational skills. It is during these engagements when these young ladies are trained to pitch their ideas or innovative solutions in four or less minutes and
  • Help the girls register for the National Technovation challenge.

The team which engaged 234 students in Western Uganda was led by Ms. Rebecca Koburungi and the schools visited were spread in 6 districts of Nyaka Vocational School in Kanungu District, Rubaare Senior Secondary School in Ntungamo, Bishop Kivengere Girls School in Kabale District, Kibubura Girls School in Ibanda District, Bweranyangi Girls School in Bushenyi and Maryhill High School in Mbarara.

It is also exciting to note that the team which was in the Eastern part of Uganda engaged 226 girls.  Ms. Loyce Twongeirwe led this team and they visited Tororo Town Academy, Rock High School, Tororo Girls School, Busitema University, PMM Girls School, Jinja Secondary School, St Noa Mawagali Secondary School and Wanyange Girls School.

In Northern Uganda, Mr. Brian Ndyaguma, Lead Innovation Scaling at RAN  led the team. While in the North a total of 102 school girls were engaged in Ikwera Girls Secondary School, Lira Town College, Mentor Secondary School, Lira University, All Saints University, Otino Waa High School, Gulu High School, Gulu Senior Secondary School, Gulu College and Oysters and Pearls Secondary School in Gulu District.

The central region under the  leadership of Ms. Natasha Kassami, RAN Engagement Officer and Sheila Agaba, Uganda Technovation Challenge Focal Person was done over a longer period as the schools were engaged in different activities during the week stipulated for the activity. The school visited included; Gayaza High School, Nabisunsa Girls’ Secondary school, Makerere Modern Senior Secondary School, Trinity College Nabbingo, Mengo Secondary School,  May Christian College, Nkumba University, Royal Giant Secondary School and Mityana Secondary School. The number of school girls was relative as some of these engagements included addressing the whole school at an assembly.

“With this guidance we have received during the pitching sessions and experience shared  by the RAN trainers, we can now confidently compete nationally with the Kampala Schools”-said one Technovation Teacher at Bishop Kivengere Girls School in Kabale District;

The major challenges experienced during the outreach seemed to cut across all the three regions and they included, Inadequate computers for the hands on training in some of the schools, Poor and in most cases no reliable internet connectivity, lack of self-esteem in the students which directly hinders their ability to pitch and limited knowledge on how to use APP Inventor Software. The outreach team kept sharing and correlating these challenges and experiences in order to overcome the same for effectively implementation of the activity.

2017 Grand Launch of Technovation

The Grand Launch of Technovation Clubs was held on a chilly Saturday, February 25, 2017 starting at 9:00am, at Makerere University School of Public Health, ResilientAfrica Network offices in Kololo. It was attended by primary, secondary school teachers, university lecturers, university students as trainers and some Technovation alumnae. This activity was facilitated by the RAN4Gals… Continue reading 2017 Grand Launch of Technovation

Grand Launch of Technovation clubs

Greetings from Makerere University School of Public Health, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN).

We would like to welcome you to yet another edition of the Technovation challenge. We have alot in store for you this year. We hope you are as excited as we are to start yet another interested competition for both the National challenge here and Global challenge in SanFrancisco.

This is to invite you to attend the Grand Launch of Technovation Clubs event that will take place on Saturday 25th February, 2017 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the RANLab offices on Plot 30 Upper Kololo terrace, Kampala (above the airstrip, adjacent to MTN Nyonyi gardens).

The event will combine the Annual Technovation Training of Trainers sessions and the Launch of Technovation clubs in schools.
The training seeks to empower coaches, mentors and trainers with the Technovation curriculum that broadly emphasizes various skills in Application development, pitching, video making and editing, business modeling, among others, while the launch of Technovation clubs in each of your schools is a way of connecting with the students at a closer range. We wish to take you through this training so that you are able to transfer this knowledge to the students you will be working with this year.

Please visit the website for more information. Feel free to share with teachers from other schools and request them to get in touch with us. For schools that have attended this training before, this is the time to have another representative from the school learn all about Technovation.

Kindly confirm your attendance to enable proper planning. We look forward to hosting you. Do not hesitate to contact myself or Natasha Kassami (tel: 0793845435 e-mail: nkassami@ranlab.org) if you have any inquiries.

Sheila Agaba
ResilientAfrica Network
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Launch of Technovation Club at Gayaza High School

The Technovation challenge is an international 12 Week technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women. The initiative, which is targeted at girls aged 11 to 19 years is housed under the RAN4Gals program in Uganda and has been embraced by over 20 schools in the central region and at least 2 schools in each of the other regions of Uganda; East, West and North. To aid the continuity of the program, participating schools this year will offer ‘Technovation clubs’ among their extra-curricular activities.

Gayaza High School under the leadership of Mr. Ddungu Ronald, a Technovation Master Educator and the Deputy Head teacher was among the first schools to get on board this educative initiative in Uganda in 2014 and has since produced 2 teams that have made it to the Finals in San Francisco over the subsequent years.

On Sunday, 27th November 2016, Gayaza High school became the first school to launch the Technovation club for its students. Amidst the heavy showers that day, the girls remained in high spirits and were eager to start the day’s activities. Over 80 students gathered in the main Library at 10:30 am just after their Sunday prayers and these were joined by a team from ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and Women in Technology Uganda (WITU) shortly after. The proceedings kicked off with a prayer to guide the day’s activities.  Mr. Ddungu then took a moment to welcome everyone to the event and thanked his fellow teachers at the school and those from other schools and the trainers from WITU and RAN who came to support the event. He requested the students to pay attention to the trainers who had taken time off to support the initiation of the club in the school, as Gayaza would be the benchmark for the other schools in the country since it is the first school to set up the Technovation Club in Uganda.

The Technovation Regional Ambassador and RAN’s very own Director of Innovations Eng. Dr. Dorothy Okello delivered the key note address. In her speech, she emphasized the role of females in a gender biased country and continent. She encouraged the girls not to shy away from opportunities and disregard them for the boys. She further added that they should seize this opportunity from as early as their 3rd term holidays. Dr. Okello also expanded on the role of the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) as an organizer of the Technovation challenge in Uganda and especially recognized Ms. Sheila Agaba and Mr. Ddungu Ronald who are also Master educators of the project. “RAN is responsible for getting different schools on board for this challenge,” she shared. “It then trains teachers/coaches who then take the program to their schools and have it fully embedded in the school program,” she added. Women In Technology (WITU) represented by Ms. Elizabeth Ahabwe addressed the audience next and stressed the importance of female programs in schools but most importantly after school. She shared about some of the programs offered at WITU for girls of all ages, particularly for those in their Primary 7, Senior 4 and Senior 6 vacations. “It is so fulfilling to learn new skills while in the school break,” she shared. The Director of WITU, Ms. Barbara Birungi was also in attendance and worked with the girls’ teams in getting through the day’s activities.

The trainers for the day; Mr. Ddungu Ronald, Ms. Sheila Agaba and Ms. Grace Nakibaala took the group of eager girls through different parts of the program. Sheila started off with the technicalities of the Technovation challenge stating why the girls should join the program, the time required to carry out the program and what they needed to get through to the global finals in August 2017. Ms. Nakibaala then walked the girls through a brainstorming session, where the group discussed some of the problems affecting girls in their communities. Emphasis was placed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the theme for this year’s Technovation challenge. The students found this activity rather intriguing as they were introduced to a new way of thinking and challenging themselves. They also welcomed the idea of thinking and working in groups to get things done. Prototyping with paper followed this session, as the girls thought of tangible mobile based solutions to these challenges and drew their ideas on paper. The event was wrapped up with an introduction to App inventor, which was delivered by Sheila, who gave a hands-on, practical guide to building mobile Applications. Though intense, this session was well administered and the girls were indeed geared up and ready for the beginning of the program. With that, the girls promised to work hard during the holiday to build on the skills they had acquired. They were tasked to form teams of 3-5 to be able to compete globally.

In his closing remarks, Mr. Ddungu shared on how Technology should be more than an extra-curricular activity in schools and should become part of their everyday routine at school. He concluded by giving the girls another assignment to come up with different ways for Technology to contribute to the Education sector. He requested them to record a short video of themselves showing how they would like their subjects to be taught in light of the Technovation challenge and to share what they had learned. This video would be submitted during the holidays and reviewed by the teachers before the start of the 1st term.

In appreciation of the time invested by the trainers and guest speakers, the girls sung a blessing song to bid the team farewell. For more pictures visit our Facebook page: technovationug





Maryhill High School wins the 2016 Uganda Technovation Challenge

WinnersThe 2016 National Technovation challenge event was held on July 21st and 22nd 2016 at the ReslientAfrica Network offices in Kololo. It was presided over by the Minister of Science, ICT and Innovations, Hon.Dr. Elioda Tumweigye.

The cool Tech team with the AVG mobile App from Mary hill High School emerged as winners and took home a cash prize of USD 1000 for the school to be used to purchase equipment to support the continuation of Technovation challenge in the school. Each team member then received a gift bags from Vodafone Uganda, android mobile phones and a cash prize of USD 500 for the whole team members including coach.This Application is a user friendly Anti-violence and Conflict Mobile phone application, termed as the AVC-*Mobi*. Ugandans with social challenges such theft, mob justice, domestic violence will now be able to take photos of conflict scenarios, make toll free police calls in emergency situations and get online counseling services to the psychologically traumatized victims.

This challenge brought students from different secondary Schools asparticipants such as Bweranyangi Girls Secondary School, Nabisunsa Girls S.S, Rock High School, Mayhill High school, Gulu High, Lira Town College, Luzira SSS, Gayaza High School, Nabisunsa Girls School and many others, institutions like Aptech, and Universities such as MUST, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda Martyrs University and International Uganda East Africa. More schools were invited to view the challenge so that they are able to take part in the challenge the next year. These include; Bishop Kivengere Girls School, Muyebe, Kabale, Trinity College Nabbingo, Rubare Girls School, ISBAT university among others


Day 1, Thursday 21st July saw the school teams in participation rehearse for Day 2 as a panel of experts helped them perfect their innovator pitches.  This was done with some capacity building activities such as other sessions that are not limited to App Inventor training but encourage ladies to consider careers in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics).They include; Robotics by i-Labs, CEDAT, Makerere university, Graphics design by  Tamithi, Business Development by RAN, Website Development by WOPA.


Day 2 included the high level pitches from the schools as they tried to vie for the top prize. The day was presided over by the Minister of Science, ICT and Innovations who encouraged the ladies in participation to constantly work harder to take their innovations from the phones to the market. He also pledged to support female innovators at the ministry. The day was crowned off with awarding the best teams with lots of prizes

S/N Category Winner
1 Secondary school winner Maryhilll High School
2 University Winner Mbarara University Of Science and Technology
  Winning Teams  
  Winner Cool_Tech Team, Maryhill High School
  1st Runner up Legal_Tech Team, Maryhill High School
  2nd Runner up Swagg Team, Gulu High School
  3rd Runner up E-vote Team, Bweranyangi Girls SSS

Sheila Agaba, the RAN4Gals coordinator and lead of the event concluded by saying that the Technovation challenge does not only end at the excitement, gifts, but there was more than that. She elaborated that there will be a post Technovation program especially for the University Students, and those in vacation where those that manage to participate will receive mentorship and get to sell their applications as businesses through RAN.

Prof. William Bazeyo, RAN chief Of Party and Dean, School Of  Public Health closed the successful 2016 National Technovation challenge and thanked the judges, teachers and parents for putting in their time and effort. He mentioned that he was convinced the Technovation challenge has potential to expand improve innovations in communities. He pledged to support the challenge even further next year.

More photos about the event found here

National Technovation Challenge Event

Greetings from Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)

This is to invite you to attend the National Technovation Challenge Event scheduled for July 21, 2016 starting at 1:00pm and July 22, 2016; 8:00am to 2:00pm EAT at the Makerere University Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab on Plot 30, Upper Kololo Terrace, Kampala Uganda

RAN in partnership with Women Passion Program (WOPA) run a 3 months National Technovation challenge where young women from High schools and Universities participated in a Mobile Application Development challenge for community development. The competition attracted girls from all regions including schools and universities from the East, West, and Northern parts of Uganda. To conclude the challenge, we have organized this 2 day Technovation Capacity Building and Awards Event where the participants will be exposed to more interesting things that women can do in technology.

The Technovation Challenge is a technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women.  This program teaches young women to build mobile applications to solve community challenges. Professional women mentor teams of 3 to 5 girls and together they go through the online curriculum over a period of three months. The program, which has no direct costs to the participants, equips the girls with technical and entrepreneurial skills, with a goal of creating a mobile phone application that can be launched in the market.

This year’s Theme; “Local solutions for Community Development” is specifically crafted to involve and appreciate the multi – disciplinarity of the various participants in regards to responding to communities’ most pressing challenges. We recognize that our communities’ challenges cannot be solved by technology alone and hence collaborate with scholars and innovators from other fields and disciplines of specialization.

We appreciate the effort of all the students during the Technovation period and welook forward to building stronger networks for innovating with and for the girl child.

The Agenda to guide this event is here

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