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Nkumba University to host the first Innovate for disability Hackathon

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Computer geniuses around the country are set to convene at Nkumba University starting tomorrow as they put ideas together in collaborative computer programming for the creation of solutions to challenges faced by people with disabilities, most especially the unprivileged.

Under the theme, ‘Inovate for disability’, the 5-day exercise will see participants drawn from students and fresh graduates tussle it out for a number of lucrative awards already at stake.

Organisers say, it will be open for individual or team participation but teams will be limited to 3 members.

The first of it’s kind, innovate for the disability Hackathon seeks to generate an environment for the creation of assistive technologies in sustainable lifestyles of Persons with Disabilities through boosting the access and optimal usage of resources without being limited by disability.

As innovators devise means to create disruptive technological solutions, they are expected to come up with ICT remedies that can ease the access, usage, and awareness of information Technologies among persons with disabilities.

Presentation of prototypes will take place on the last day, Friday 7th October 2022 where a team of judges will decide the winner.

Due to the existing digital divide among persons with Disabilities in Uganda, Uganda Communications Commission in collaboration with 8tech and National Union of Disabled persons of Uganda-NUDIPU is implementing a project for enhancing knowledge management, ICT Adaption, Digital skills and access to E-services for people with disabilities in Uganda.

The hackathon is meant to register ICT innovations in a bid to close the digital divide.

Innovators have been called upon to come up with ideas that will be transformed into prototypes with potential to transform lives of Persons with Disabilities across Uganda and the world at large.

Focal in the hackathon is the National Union of Disabled persons of Uganda who’s strategic plan highlights progressive commitment in collaborative strategies that promote and protect the rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Simon Peter Nashonji
Simon Peter Nashonji
Nashonji Simon Peter is a dynamic and multi-faceted team leader, renowned for his exceptional interpersonal skills. Having graduated with a Diploma in Journalism, Nashonji is on the cusp of completing his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations at Nkumba University. He picked his niche and started writing with Chimp Reports in 2018. Since then, he has authored and published over 500 articles that cover Business trends, Politics, Health, Sports, and Environment. To master his craft, Nashonji offered to volunteer as an Editor of Nkumba University's News Website in 2022, a position he has held to date. On 1st July 2023, He joined the Editorial team of Ubuntu’ Magazine, a Rotary District 9214 (Uganda and Tazania) Monthly News product. Beyond the realm of academia, Nashonji is deeply involved in the governance of Airforce Senior Secondary School his Alma Mata, where he serves as a member on the Board of Directors. He is currently, the President Airforce S.S.S Alumni Society, President Samia Student's Association of Nkumba University and at the same time President of the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2023 cohort. "Opportunities multiply as they are seized and only dwindle when neglected."


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