The annual big ideas contest at Makerere University is back.
Big ideas is an early stage university based innovation contest that connects students, the world’s next generation of social entrepreneurs with the mentorship, training and resources needed to successfully conceptualize, deploy and scale social innovations.
It is open to undergraduate and graduate students at Makerere University and the 10 campuses of the University of California system and awards up to $300,000 in prizes across 40-50 winning teams annually.
This years categories are Arts and social change, Connected communities, Energy and Resource alternatives, Food systems, Global Health, Workforce Education and Development and scaling up Big Ideas.
Mugaga Julius and Matovu Brian, former winners, ambassadors for the project and Biomedical Engineering students awaiting graduation encourage anyone with good ideas to give it a shot.
Past winning projects from Makerere University include the Early Pre-eclampsia Diagnostic strip by Brian Matovu, Zoe Sekyonda, Dinali Dahl and Elizabeth Ndicho which worn $15000 in 2017 and $10,000 in 2018. The project has since become the brainchild of the company called MOYOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES.
Other projects that have gone on to scoop prizes are TRAM, LIDDIA kit, MamaOpe, Ecosmart, Pedaltap, Sight for everyone; e-Liiso, et al.
Take up the big opportunity to tread the right career path.