WinSenga Update/ Bulletin 14.0 – Presenting of $50,000 dummy cheque MIC event

On December 13th, just days after we’d come back from the US, the Microsoft Innovation Centre at Makerere University, held an event to honour Cipher256 and also present a dummy cheque for the the $50,000 grant. In attendance were officials from Microsoft, Microsoft East and Southern Africa and the Ministry of ICT, Uganda.

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Meanwhile, here are photos from the event:

Aaron receiving the dummy cheque as Dr. Davis Musinguzi (medical consultant) and Joseph Kaizzi (team mentor)

Aaron receiving the dummy cheque as Dr. Davis Musinguzi (medical consultant) and Joseph Kaizzi (team mentor) look on

Aaron giving a speech at the event

Aaron giving a speech at the event

Deputy Principal of the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Dr. Ngubiri looks on

Deputy Principal of the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Dr. Ngubiri looks on

Speech from Microsoft Corporation’s Program Manager, Public-Private Partnership, Alethea Lode-Clarke

Speech from Microsoft Corporation’s Program Manager, Public-Private Partnership, Alethea Lode-Clarke

Spotted at the event, Albert Mucunguzi - PC Tech's CEO

Spotted at the event, Albert Mucunguzi – PC Tech’s CEO

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WinSenga update/Bulletin 13.0 – Silicon Valley/US Trip and Imagine Cup Grant Win

There are places that ooze something truly wonderful: a sense of destiny. Silicon Valley is one of those rare places.

The Cipher256/WinSenga team was in the US from the 3rd to the 8th of December, 2012 courtesy of Microsoft, particularly the Microsoft Imagine Cup Grants program. Lined up was attendance of the images6    Social Innovation Summit, a number of truly inspirational visits (Rocket Space, The Hub, The Tech Museum, PATH, Stanford Uni, Tech Stars, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft HQ in Seattle, to mention but a few)  and meetings (for example with Daniel Epstein of the Unreasonable Institute).

Aaron at on a panel on day 2 of the Social Innovation Summit. Next to him is Team Vivid (hbuzz.com) team leader, Noor.

Aaron at on a panel on day 2 of the Social Innovation Summit. Next to him is Team Vivid (hbuzz.com) team leader, Noor.During the same trip, team cipher256 was recognized as one of the winners of    the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup Grants to the tune of $50,000/=. The grant         shall surely bring us a step closer to realizing our dream.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are some ‘words’ from the trip:

The teams after getting some coffee.

The teams after getting some coffee.

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Photo with all the winning teams

Josiah and Joseph admiring the trophy

Josiah and Joseph admiring the trophy

THANKS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Thanks go to Microsoft for making the entire trip life changing as it was exciting. Special mentions for Diane, Jennifer, Christa and their team: you guys rock!

Thanks are also in order to all the accelerator programs we went to and the people we met there who gave us talks.

For the amazing lecture on Design Thinking at the Stanford D School, we thank Dr. Debra Dunn.

We cannot forget Makerere University for encouraging and supporting the team.

And for all those we haven’t mentioned for the shear number of them, thank you.

LOOKING FORWARD:

2013 will be the year we get the solution in the hands of those that need it. To the team: “God Speed!” Let’s do this!

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