In brief: Tumwebaze on National ICT Hub opening, govt-funded startups …

Frank Tumwebaze on National ICT Hub opening

Good morning SautiTech readers.

1. The minister of ICT and National Guidance has responded to Ugandans asking why the National ICT Hub that was to be opened to innovators in August is not yet launched.

According to Frank Tumwebaze, the engineering team encountered some problems but he hopes the facility will be commissioned before the year ends.

The National ICT Hub is being constructed by the UPDF engineering brigade. It is located in Nakawa.

Read more about the National ICT Hub here.

2. In April of this year, the ICT and National Guidance ministry unveiled 12 startups that were to benefit from the Shs2 billion under the National ICT Initiatives Support Program (NIISP).

In response to a question about how the startups are progressing, Tumwebaze said some of them are already being used.

He gave an example of AIMS, which is being used by Makerere University in school fees payment among other services.

Read more about AIMS

3. Makerere University Vice-chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has met officials from the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation at UNESCO and they discussed collaboration on ICT training at Makerere University.

He was also given a gift by an official from the institution. The details of the deal were not revealed.

4. Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, died on Monday.

He was 65.

He succumbed to complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, like the less-common Hodgkin’s disease, is a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Read more about his death here

Wulira App, a hearing assessment mobile application that is used to assess hearing loss in patients such as those on TB or HIV medications, has been selected amongst the top ten health tech startups globally at the 2018 World Health Summit.

This application helps patients discover that they have hearing loss before it is too late for medical practitioners to remedy.

It was also among the 12 startups that benefited from the Shs2 billion from the government.

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