Preparations for the much-anticipated ICT Innovation EXPO 2019 are underway at Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT), Nakawa, Kampala.
Visiting the venue today, ChimpReports discovered that a dome-shaped white tent has already been erected at the facility.
Workers could be seen partitioning the area to create booths for ICT innovators to exhibit their projects.
Innovators expressed optimism about the expo, saying it will enable them showcase their potential to attract funding and partners to commercialize their projects.
In Nakawa today, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) publicist Ibrahim Bbosa said the body remained committed to supporting specific research programmes “especially persons with disabilities to use ICTS; innovations in e-learning and identification of diseases” among others.
Makerere University students say the ICT Innovations Expo will give their projects exposure
Posted by ChimpReports on Monday, December 16, 2019
He said UCC’s partners and Uganda Rural Development Fund (URDF) at the Commission have picked interest in a “number of innovation projects which are now being funded to be able to spur research and innovative ideas so that we can progress in the way that we can tackle local problems in society.”
The expo, according to outgoing ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze, is geared towards showcasing Uganda’s fast growing ability in harnessing technology innovations to solve societal challenges.
“We call upon innovators with products already on market (working alone or with a hub) to use this opportunity to pitch their products to the market,” said Tumwebaze at today’s press briefing in Kampala.
“We cannot really continue to encourage our people to be net consumers of other people’s innovation,” he emphasised at a press conference last week.
President Museveni is expected to preside over the event to be held under the theme: “ICT Innovation Acceleration in Uganda; Investing in digital ideas now for the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.