Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has awarded $50,000 (at least Shs 130m) to the Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) to support incubation initiatives aimed at developing mobile applications that address the socio-economic development needs of underserved communities in Uganda.
The Centre, hosted by Makerere Universityís college of Computing and Information Sciences (CCIS), will give support to businesses to commercialize new products and services for which proof-of-concept has been demonstrated. The products include recent research and software innovations within CiPSD and concepts developed in the college's Software Business Incubation programme.
A statement from CCIS said the proposed products included a mobile valley dam water-level monitoring and query application and a mobile application for crop disease surveillance. Others are a mobile tourism directory and reservation application, and an SMS and location-based auction system that matches commodity crop traders, brokers and small producers, assuring best prices to buyers and sellers without allowing either side to manipulate the market.
The funds will also be used to support the operations and expansion of the centre's Software Business Incubation (SBI) programme, which has previously lacked funds to incubate its most promising entrepreneur groups.