Makerere defeats USA’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology at TechCon 2016

Makerere defeats USA’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology at TechCon 2016

Youthful innovators from Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences School of Public Health-ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) have scooped top two cash prizes in Boston, USA.

This was at the interactive Innovation Marketplace at the USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) technical convening TechCon 2016 in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) between November 10-12, 2016, Makerere scoped the highest awards out of 24 competitors in the category of Products and Services.

Grace Nakibaala, an architect from Makerere University working on the Pedal Tap Innovation ‘non-touch water dispensing system’ won in the 2nd place USD 1,500. Additionally, Bonita Nanziri, an innovator working on a sickle cell anaemia diagnosis kit-MDEX, won the 1st place private sector prize out of 32 competitors. The prize was on Engineering and Design Review from ASME Engineering 4 Change out of 32 competitors.pedaltap

This team will also benefit from a full technical analysis of their innovations’ business model working towards further developing the same.

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“This is additional proof that the creativeness and knowledge within Makerere University is indeed rich and can be further explored to aid launching of the next game changer not only in Uganda and Africa, but also in the world” noted one of the TechCon 2016 participants as she interacted with the winners.

Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean MAK School of Public Health and RAN Chief of Party/Lab Director who also led this team while congratulating the students added that, “It is good to work hard and work hard and win”.

Prof. Bazeyo was flanked by Prof. David Serwadda, a Professor of Disease control and Environmental Health at Makerere School of Public Health and the RAN Technical Adviser.


Makerere’s Resilient Africa Network is the only Africa’s University based lab under the USAD’s Higher Education Solutions Network with the rest of 7 labs based in USA.

The Technical Convening abbreviated as TechCon is an annual event organized by USAID that brings together innovators from the 8 HESN labs and other innovators across the world to share best practice in regard to scaling innovations

Nubrix is from RAN’s Southern Africa Resilience Innovation lab based at University of Pretoria while Pedal tap and Mdex are from Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation lab.

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64 Responses to "Makerere defeats USA’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology at TechCon 2016"

  1. KAWOOYA ALEX BORNTOWIN   November 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    But this is something we used I remember when we were still young. It was invented by our great grands. So anyway thanks to this lady that she has improved something!!

  2. hussein   November 11, 2016 at 9:27 pm


  3. Robertson Migisha   November 11, 2016 at 10:17 pm


  4. Peof. Emmanuel Kalenzi Twesigye   November 11, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    We are proud and inspired of our Makerere University faculty and students for their excellence in innovative research work and high international level of achievements. Congratulations to Prof. William Bazeyo and his proteges! Pedal Tap will save us from diseases contracted by touching water and sanitizer dispensers. Bonita Nanziri’s work on sickle cell anemia diagnosis will be extremely helpful and lifesaving in Africa where malaria is rampant as a major leading cause of premature deaths among children and the elderly. This work proves that African research by local universities, professors and students is worth funding by the international donors and advocates of science and good health for all people, including the underprivileged and poor nations of the developing world.

    • Dorothy   November 12, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      Iam so proud of those students and Prof Bazeyo. Even with scarce resourses, students can perfom very well. Congraturation

  5. ejobi Joel   November 12, 2016 at 8:28 am

    A makerere ooooooyyyyyeeee

  6. James Kaliisa   November 12, 2016 at 8:53 am

    That’s a challenge to we Ugandans, fricans and the whole world at large to highly support the great institution In the region that has by all means tried to solve our own problems. The university that is currently closed which implies that as mates of the country we don’t see the value in it. Let our University get opened and innovative the more.

  7. mukisa ibrahim   November 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Congs Makerererians for uplifting our country Uganda, to the rest of the world. This should be an eye opener to the president of uganda Museveni, that he is doing is out the rightful decision to take in such an institute.
    We remain as one we shall forever


  8. mukisa ibrahim   November 12, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Congs Makerererians for uplifting our country Uganda, to the rest of the world. This should be an eye opener to the president of uganda Museveni, that what he is doing is out the rightful decision to take in such an institute.
    We remain as one and we shall forever


  9. Lawrence mabirizi   November 12, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Eeeh makerere oyeeeee

  10. Kulubya Joseph Kevin   November 12, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Proud to be an alumni of Makerere University.

  11. Turyamwesimira john   November 12, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Add your comment

  12. Turyamwesimira john   November 12, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Add your comment
    makerere university will continue to shine if is given the required resources. makerere oyee

  13. Hamzah   November 12, 2016 at 7:41 pm


  14. daniel sepuya   November 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    But this technology was done in my village ,kakuto in Rakai district ,but using inferior materials of banana fibre ,a stick and jerrycan and is in full application by the residents of kalisizo subcounty .But anyway i appreciate.

  15. Andrew OPIO   November 12, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Amazing how the tippy tap innovation was transformed from ordinary practices in the rural communities. I challenged university students in the discipline of humanities to bring forth their innovations too. My best wishes to the students and the pride of makerere university.

  16. Prof. Maud Kamatenesi Mugisha   November 12, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    God Bless our Great Makerere University for the great mentorship. Prof. Bazeyo reveered by many due to your unquestionable determination and hard work and the students/young innovators thank you and keep the candle burning.

  17. Elly Sabiiti   November 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Very proud of the students and to be a member of the advisory board at RAN Makerere University.

  18. bsmwanjo   November 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    The innovation is superb, and it has come at a time most needed. Congrats sisters.

  19. muna uganda   November 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    this is good for the country
    rwanda safaris

  20. Ndyabawe George   November 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    We congratulate these students and their professors from Makerere university for their innovation

  21. Charles Muhigirwa   November 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Ugandans development will be catapulted by universities like Makerere if the management at the university is sorted out. Also until government takes research from universities seriously by empowering Minsitry of Science and Technology to follow through all research papers to promote or implement some, it will all remain archived information after ten years it will be destroyed. I for one did research on solid waste recovery to get economical and affordable energy for cooking and lighting (biogas) but after university it ended there yet Uganda has only 11% coverage of hydropower

  22. muwanguzi wilson   November 12, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Then let our university be opened as soon as possible thanks for the great work fellow students .

  23. joshua   November 13, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Congs Mak,keep t up

  24. luyimbazi   November 13, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Global award winning University is not a priority over a mismanaged Crane Bank. Kyoka our visionary. For God and my Country.

  25. Octavious Ahimbisibwe   November 13, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Am proud of my fellow scholars at Muk, that means we can go ahead and lead the world in science and innovation. Big ups Muk, God is with us

  26. Segujja Nicholas   November 13, 2016 at 1:14 am

    This and more are yet to be unearthed from Africa’s leading Institution.

  27. Dr. Michael Kisembo   November 13, 2016 at 2:21 am

    As a Professor here in USA and an admirer of MIT’s quantitive detailed approach and a lover of Makerere University I can’t hide my joy and appreciation of Makerere Students creativity and innovative skills. In Africa we just need facilities and hands on approach. Thes young people as getting exposed as they are becoming and incentives and support are the potent engines of Africa’ s growth and technological development if they are scooped out by developed nation. African leaders please hid this advice. Africa has lost a lot excellent brains. Don’t allow the trend to continue please!

  28. Mark waligo   November 13, 2016 at 4:36 am

    That’s innovation proud of Makerere And proud to be A Ugandan

  29. John Ssekibaamu, PhD   November 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Congratulations on your innovative solutions and good luck in your future aspirations. Go go go Makerere!!

  30. joseph Mukalazi   November 13, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Proudly Ugandan many dreams are still lying under utilized by our African leaders but as we the youths we shall keep pushing on till we get there 👉 some day.

  31. Andrew Noah Chebet   November 13, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Proud of Makerere University. Keep it up. The president should urgently open the university

  32. Nsereko James Roger   November 13, 2016 at 7:09 am

    We are proud of you. Even with very little resources you can shine. I suggest we collect etafaali for science and technology innovation. I would be happy to contribute to future solutions rather than future destruction

  33. Lauben   November 13, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I am so humbled by the two young stars, conga prof. Bazeyo.
    Indeed in the middist of MUK challenges, God has not let you down. We build for the future

  34. frank mature   November 13, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Makerere is where african potential is based. Thnx to students and profs for standing hiher in afruca despite padlocks at mak now.

  35. Charles Mugoya   November 13, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Well done Makerere. “Dont drop the ball”.

  36. Mukisa Lisa   November 13, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Wooow am proud ov my university and my country Uganda.

  37. Munyegera Micah   November 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

    ee makererere oyeeee! the n they should open our varsity

  38. Elizabeth Asiimwe   November 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Oh Uganda May God Uphold Thee…
    Congratulations to the lady winners, thanks for shinning the great Makerere flag!

  39. Owen Deitrick   November 13, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Always at the peak, I never doubt Makerere ability and proficience in craeative ideas, but all this relocates the attention to state intervention to source, protect, and safe its own braids or else strategist countries have no problem giving these student brains good cheques and citizenship to fully utilize their taken to their National glories

  40. Jean   November 13, 2016 at 11:49 am

    There is no doubt that we shall rise and create Global Solutions. @RAN You are truely the change.

  41. kizza joseph   November 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Iam happy with what we have been able to accomplish but if our top administrators were abit organized we would even go further than this. Thanks prof Bazeyo despite the odds u have pushed through and to those students that have acted as an example to all of may God bless you.

  42. Dr. Ssebambulidde Kenneth   November 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Makerere continues to be an epitome of knowledge and innovations. Congratulaions to School of Public Health.

  43. Bakampa Brian Baryaguma   November 13, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks, Makerere University.

  44. Tom   November 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Makerere University is closed-2 weeks now!

  45. Rukia Nanyonga   November 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Congratulation!!! We are very proud of you

  46. JOB LAZARUS OKELLO   November 14, 2016 at 12:53 am

    A good tree is known by its fruits. We are so proud of Makerere University. We should ain even higher for successful people are never satisfied with their achievements.-Job Lazarus Okello, Third Year, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

  47. Macey   November 14, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Congratulations Grace,and Pidson!!your input cannot go unnoticed

  48. Rose Nanyondo   November 14, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Innovators need recognition and support beyond prizes. Set for them firm start up workshops and labs back home. Unemployment will be history.
    H.E could re-open the institution now…

  49. Proscovia Nabatte   November 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Makerere keep our heights high. we are so proud of you.

  50. Allan Mugabi   November 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Uganda has what the world needs

  51. Audrey   November 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Great work people

  52. Daniel   November 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Vivo MUK

  53. manuel jk muranga   November 14, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Very impressive! Congratulations to the very diligent Prof. Bazeyo and those smart students! Glory to God! Psalm 139:14: «I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Your works; and that my soul knows right well». We also want some Nobel Prizes to be won by Makerereans and other Ugandan university people! Amen!

  54. Mwesigwa Mary   November 14, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Makerere oyeeeee.

  55. Bogere paul   November 14, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I salute you all the students of Makerere for representing well our mother land Uganda and also showing that makerere has the abilty to do great things at an international level, amidst all the prevailing challenges at hand. thanks students.

  56. Benard Ssekitte   November 14, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Am proud of you makerere. Time will come when everyone understands the importance of MUK so that they know that #Closing it is actually wrong whatever the explanation.

  57. Mutebi Charle   November 15, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Makere oyee!!!

  58. ERIC ORETI   November 15, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I congratulate the students. I however doubt if this non touch water dispensing system is an innovation. This is stanDard occurrence. I use it everyday at work as well as the pedal one. So am confused how this is a new innovation. Maybe am confused.

  59. Joseph   November 16, 2016 at 9:24 am

    And you know what such a tech brain worker who joined 2012 and 2013 paid hindrances by Makerere staff and the ungrateful government of Uganda made to graduate about 2018. We are sick of these unconscious behavior you cannot grantee students of Makerere a better life and vibrant education and at the very end make some graduate after close to two straight years upon completion.

    And Pro.Dumba proudly says he has nothing to do for the class 2013 finalist meant to graduate Jan 2017 and in his mind thinks we can wait till 2018 to get those transcripts.
    What about those that shade simple redoes for like one paper joined 2012 paid their fair share. taking a three year course now staged to graduate after straight 5 years down the road.

    Congrats to our sisters for the awards earned in the man of MUK your are the saints.

    help study further and replace for us some of these selfish-self centered Profs. we we would have more of such wards rolling if they where very keen.

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  61. kamara   December 14, 2016 at 10:15 am

    1-Just to find out from brilliant men and women !
    Is it a licence for a brilliant child or husband or even women to torture your family or torment your parents in order to solve your issues ???

    2-Is it okay to spank your brilliant child when he or she uses arogance while asking for anything from us as parents ?
    Sorry this is how I see the Makerere case your views please !

  62. Tumuhairwe Boreen   March 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Makerere oyeeeeee.Africa for greater achievement.we congraturate all

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