Ten Schools battled it out for bragging rights at the inaugural Victoria University Youth ICT Challenge which was hosted by Kampala Parents School on Saturday. The daylong event was supported by Lighthouse Television.
The objective of the challenge was to position Victoria University as a unique provider of practical, innovative ICT skills for development. The Challenge brought together different professionals in the ICT world to guide the youngsters.
Participating students showcased their creative ICT innovations like Mobile Apps, web portals, hardware engineering and the use of ICT in finding solutions in the health, agriculture and education sectors.
Nabisunsa High School showcased their Dagala App, a health project (dagala national hospital) which aims at providing key disease information, prescription of medicine and disease symptoms. Nabisunsa also showcased an App, EdHub which collects and provides revision notes of selected subjects to students.
Luzira SS presented Home is Paradise App which connects architects, land lords, home builders to promote appropriate buildings in society, improve quality of services to a global scale, create jobs and eliminate brokers.
Gayaza High School’s App, Diabeat –IT, which helps fight diabetes, was eye catching. It has a chat room - you can ask questions. With the App, you can monitor the type of food to eat and eating habits. Students said they want to make the App a global app addressing various diseases.
Bishop Cyprian Kihangire presented the EduApp which provides ‘free education’. The App has cloud storage functionality. The App has a text book data base, syllabus coverage ‘making life easier at school’. Kalinabiri SS showcased their App, Mobile Cardiologist, designed to address issues related to cardiovascular illnesses.
Some schools like St Mark Namagoma innovated physical equipment (hardware) to support their mobile Apps. St Mark the eventual winners of the challenge presented the Farmers Machine which aims at boosting farm inputs.
The dean of ICT at Victoria University Terry Kahuma described the innovations presented by the youngsters as ‘very very good’ while the acting vice chancellor of the university encouraged students to use ICTs to access information.