Posts Tagged ‘Robert Kibaya’

Progress from Second Academic term 2014 Bluebonnet Hills-Sponsored NetSquared-Uganda Computer Training Meetup for Poor Rural Schools in Mukono District, Uganda. Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin, Texas, USA under the leadership of Pastor Dr. Landon Shultz, has been sponsoring Poor Rural children in Community schools of Uganda to acquire computer skills since Last year. A total of 100 selected pupils from Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary School and Kibiribiri Church of Uganda Primary School are benefiting from this sponsorship every academic term plus their teachers. The training is being conducted by Maendeleo Foundation-Uganda (Computer Solar-Powered Project) under a termly renewable contract by Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization – Kirucodo with the utilization of  continued Support from Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin, Texas, USA

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This one-day Pre-conference eventat 2014 E-Learning Africa International Conferencewas organized by NetSquared Ugandaand was held at Speke Resort on 28th May 2014 from 09:00am to 05:00pm in Kampala, Uganda. It was sponsored by NetSquaredand Techsoup Global.

The one-day NetSquared-Uganda workshop explored, shared live experiences and provided practical hands-on training in Developing Practical Skills in Blogging for selected 2014 E-Learning Africa Delegates. To learn more about the event please visit our Meetup Group at this Link. You can have a look at the event agendaand a one page presentation about NetSuqared Ugandaby NetSquared Uganda Local organizer.

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Last year, we submitted a project (Computer Training For Poor Rural Primary Schools) to the Global Giving Winter Fundraising drive and we were able to attract cash donations worthy $150 from three donors under NetSquared global network. Our target was to raise $1,500 to support 50 pupils in each of the two schools we had selected for three academic terms (three months for each academic term). After deducting Global Giving charges, the remaining funds were wired on to our Organization account here in Uganda.

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The field of robotics is zooming past the lumbering assembly line machines of today, quite literally with machines that can run, jump and climb. But the new breed of robots uses vast amounts of data about the world in addition to their high-tech motors, springs and sensors.

That’s likely why Google (GOOG) is getting into the business. The search giant last week bought Boston Dynamics, marking its eighth acquisition of a robotics company in the past six months, the New York Times reported over the weekend. But while Google’s previous acquisitions were companies that made bits and parts of robots, the Boston Dynamics deal makes clear that Google’s true ambition is human-like robots interacting with ordinary people.

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Date and Time: 10 October 2013 From 08:30 to 06:00pm

Location: Maendeleo Foundation; Butebe, Mukono Municipal Council

Contact: Phone: +256-712-848448; Email: robkib@gmail.com

Looking for, Identifying, Linking with and coordinating collaborations easily and cheaply with potential donors and groups worldwide has always been a great challenge to majority of rural community Development Organizations in Uganda and Africa in general. On the other hand, the utilization of modern communication tools that are mostly hosted on the internet has always been hindered in rural communities by lack of: connectivity and electricity, access to affordable ICT equipment and technologies, among others.

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mHealth-BlogPicThis course, mHealth Basics: Introduction to Mobile Technology for Health, is a self-paced three-hour eLearning course that provides an introduction to the emerging field of mHealth and an overview of best practices for mHealth solution development. The focus of the course is on mHealth applications commonly used in developing country contexts. The course covers the definition of mHealth, its potential uses, benefits and limitations as well as various applications in developing countries. The course also covers preliminary conclusions of mHealth evidence and describes recommended best practices of mHealth solution planning, design, monitoring and evaluation, scale-up and sustainability. Resources for additional information about mHealth are also included.

The objectives of this course include:
– Define mHealth and its relationship to eHealth and ICT
– Explain the importance of mHealth
– Explain potential benefits and limitations of mHealth
– Describe the mobile devices and features commonly used in mHealth in low-resource settings
– Describe the six types of mHealth applications
– Describe preliminary conclusions from the evidence on mHealth
– Describe recommended best practices for each phase of mHealth solution development
– Identify examples of best practices in mHealth solution development scenarios
– Identify and obtain resources for additional information about mHealth

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Ari(Editors note: This article is a modified web-version of my article printed in A Flying Finn : Finnish Civil Society Actors in the Global Sphere Melasuo, Tuomo; Nissinen, Petter; Tomperi, Outi (ed.), 2013, published by Tampere Peace Research Institute; ISBN: 978-951-44-9191-7.

Ari Rusila, MA SocSc, is a Finnish freelancer and project management expert who lives in Jyväskylä, Finland. He has worked mostly in the Barents region, the Murmansk region of Russia and Kosovo/Serbia (Balkans). His main blog, Ari Rusila’s BalkanBlog, covers issues such as conflicts, crisis management and geopolitics.

Introduction

Blogging is a part of the social media and Web 2.0 environment. While the first-stage web mainly included websites where people were limited to passive viewing of the content, the new-generation Web 2.0 creates highly interactive platforms that allow the creation of user-generated content, discussion and sharing in the virtual community. Besides blogging, the social media includes social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn…), microblogs (e.g. Twitter), wikis (wikipedia, wikimedia, wikileaks…), video sharing sites (e.g. Youtube), folksonomies (social bookmarking, tags) and other web applications (e.g. JavaScript). In conclusion, Web 2.0 has created a totally new level for communication between organizations, communities and individuals, far from the still-existing traditional and industrial media.

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