The Organizing Committee of ICTM-20 cordially invites academics, practitioners, consultants, scholars, researchers to participate in the Annual International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM) to be held in Kampala.
This year’s conference is organized under the theme: “Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0/4IR) Advancement and Solutions: Trends, Issues, Best Practices, Benefits and Challenges for Management and Governance in Africa.”
The aim of this conference is to explore how technologies of 4IR could be applied to manage professions and livelihoods.
The conference will open with a colloquium of outstanding innovations and seminars, followed by two days of paper, panel and practitioner sessions addressing topics related to the theme. 4IR has the potential to improve livelihoods, although it could also exacerbate existing inequalities.
The conference will include inspiring talks and participants will meet the best product people in Industry. The key note speakers include
Prof. Charles Kwesiga - Executive Director of Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI). An Industrial Engineer by profession, Charles Kwesiga has significant experience as a corporate manager, management consultant, educator, and entrepreneur.
Prof. Judy van Biljon – Chairperson International Development Informatics Association. She is a professor of Information Systems and holds the South African Research Chair’s Initiative, Chair in Information and Communication for Development hosted by the School of Computing at the University of South Africa. Her disciplinary focus is on Human-Computer Interaction for Development.
Prof. Olubayi Olubayi - Chief Academic Officer at Maarifa Education. He is currently focused on the implementation of global best practices in higher education in Africa. Before joining Maarifa, he was the Vice Chancellor of the International University of East Africa (IUEA) in Uganda. He is a scientist and an expert on bacteria, education policy, pedagogy, learning, leadership, social-entrepreneurship and co-existence.
Prof. A. B. K. Kasozi - Founding Executive Director of Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). He is a research associate at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). He holds a B.A. in History, a PGD from Makerere University, Uganda, and a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has taught at Makerere University, the Islamic University in Uganda, the University of Khartoum and a number of universities in Canada. In 2007, he got a Fulbright New Century award and was, from September to December, a visiting scholar/professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.
The International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM) is an annual international conference that provides an opportunity for academics, practitioners, consultants, scholars, researchers and policy makers with different backgrounds and experiences, to present their papers in the conference and to discuss their experiences, new ideas, research results, as well as any practical challenges encountered and/or the solutions adopted during their work. Case studies, abstracts of research in progress, as well as full research papers will be considered for the conference program for presentation purposes.
Areas of Research
The papers should be original research and case studies in the fields of computing, technology and management, and on issues surrounding integration of Computing, Technology and Management in a multi-disciplinary context. Therefore, the conference series is of interest to academicians, researchers, policy makers, environmentalists, managers, planners, industrialists, consultants, government and NGOs globally, across a range of disciplines.
Conference committee highly encourages doctorate (PhD) and postgraduate students to present their research proposal, or literature review, or findings, or issues in this conference. Undergraduate students can ONLY attend academic conferences if (a) his/her research is funded by an organisation/institute, and/or (b) supervised by the member or faculty, and/or (c) co-authored by a Master’s student. Otherwise, undergraduate students can only attend a conference as a listener without presenting paper.
The overall objective of International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM) is to provide a platform and stimulate discussion on key issues in the fields of Technology and management, as well as to encourage research and discussion surrounding these areas.
- The consequences of shortages of research and innovation, especially in the fields of technology and management is under publication and a vicious recycling of often unusable knowledge.
- A priority to mitigate these problems is research to investigate and develop systems that lead to an improvement in technology and management.
- The establishment of the conference series on Technology and Management shall stimulate an exchange of research findings and ideas that contribute to innovation and development to bring about better livelihoods.
- Thus, the International Conference on Technology and Management proceedings aim at strengthening evidence based research and innovation, support and inform technology and management policy and practice, as well as improve learning in and across trans-disciplinary organizations and academic institutions. The first (maiden) International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM14) was held from 4th to 5th August 2014 in Kampala, Uganda.
Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) has begun boundary marking on the Matugga – Kkungu Land which will house the main campus for the University.
UTAMU revealed its master plan and architectural design which shows outstandingly designed buildings with beautiful gardens and ample parking.
Architectural drawing for the building.
According to Prof. Venanisus Baryamureeba, Chairperson Board of Directors UTAMU, the university is starting with construction of the first three blocks.
In December 2019, UTAMU acquired 20.43 acres of land on Block 82 Plot 6 Kkungu, Matugga, Kyaddondo, Wakiso District on leasehold register of 49 years from the Kampala Catholic Archdiocese Land Board.
Architectural drawing for the building.
The UTAMU campus which is approximately 21 km from Kampala City Centre will house the largest Research and Innovation City in the region.
It will comprise of equipped buildings for the Central Administration, the Directorate for Coordination and Management of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, the School of Computing and Engineering, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Vocational and Science Education.
These schools will provide skills training and professional development in additional to directing and undertaking research and innovation.
Architectural drawing for the building.
Once the campus is completed, only the School of Business and Management (SBM) will remain in Kampala City Centre and the rest of the University will move to the new campus.
Prof. Baryamureeba says the Entrepreneurship ecosystem; which is the social and economic environment affecting entrepreneurship, will comprise of a startup ecosystem and an innovation ecosystem. “It is well known that businesses located within places serving as incubators for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship have a greater chance of success,” he says.
Architectural drawing for the building.
The startup ecosystem will have access to great ideas, access to talent, access to capital, and access to customers.
UTAMU also plans to construct excellent hostels for girls within the University campus which the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sadiq Yusuf says, “Is very important as it will enable the girl child to access secure education in a secure environment whether during the day or night.”
Prof. Sadiq also reveals that the campus shall be open to students and the public in 2021.
As the world is dealing with the health and economic challenges of COVID-19, Toskin Gregory, a cyber-security student at UTAMU has developed a COVID 19 contact tracing App to help in fighting COVID-19.
Left: Mr. Toskin Gregory, Founder Defining Technologies Limited.
According to Gregory, the CovidTracer App enables users to match the personal diary of location data on their smartphone with anonymized, redacted, and blurred location history of infected patients.
This tracing App alerts users and the Ministry of Health if someone has been in contact with a Covid-19 positive person.
Gregory developed this application under his company, Defining Technologies Limited, a technology-based firm that seeks to builds and offers digital solutions to help the normal Ugandan entrepreneur leverage his/her business into a strong position to survive in this digital era where technology plays a critical role.
With the rise of number of COVID 19 cases in Uganda, the company decided to donate the trace app to the Ministry of Health National Taskforce to help in fast tracking of contacts.
How the COVID 19 contact tracing app works
Explaining to the UTAMU news team on how the App works, Gregory said , “The digital contact tracing uses overlapped GPS and Bluetooth trails that allow an individual to check if they have crossed paths with someone who was later diagnosed positive for the virus.”
Through CovidTracer, public health officials are equipped to redact location trails of diagnosed carriers and thus broadcast location information with privacy protection for both diagnosed patients and local businesses.
About Toskin Gregory
Toskin Gregory is a young technopreneur and certified cyber security professional. He founded Defining Technologies Ltd in 2017. Raised from a Christian based family with three siblings. A student at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) and former prime minister in the Student Guild Government.
Read Full Interview HERE.
UTAMU Research and Innovation City (UTAMURIC), an umbrella Research and Innovation non-profit organization is offering start-up resources to young innovators and entrepreneurs: from start to finish.
This initiative targets the youth who are interested in starting a business or would want to improve on their existing businesses.
UTAMURIC has put in place a resource that currently has (business) start-up resources from start to finish. Details are found on the website: https://www.utamuric.org/resourcecentre.
In the coming days, UTAMURIC will be providing free talks on the above and UTAMU students and staff will be given priority.
These talks will be conducted via Video Conferencing and on other social media platforms like Facebook Live.
UTAMU has made research defenses easy and safe for all its final students. Both postgraduate and undergraduate dissertation defenses are being conducted purely online and in real time.
“We have an embedded video conference in our e-learning platform.”
Despite the COVID – 19 pandemic, UTAMU is growing stronger than ever thanks to its excellent and efficient eLearning platform. Teaching and learning is ongoing purely online for the newly admitted students of May 2020 Intake.
“We are keeping our doors of learning open despite this surge of COVID-19,” says Prof. Sadiq Yusuf, the Vice Chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU).
“UTAMU has an established and robust eLearning system that allows distance / online teaching and learning but also we have experienced academic staff and an IT team competent enough to ensure quality online learning.”
UTAMU is the only university in Uganda that has successfully infused the teaching and learning processes with appropriate information and communications technologies.
From our undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, professional short courses to signature free personal development courses, UTAMU offers excellent all-round educational experience for learners from all walks of life.
Speaking to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. JWF Muwanga-Zake, the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Dean, School of Computing & Engineering at UTAMU, the university is currently running modular basis teaching and learning which allows students to study freely.
“The advantage of modular basis teaching and learning is that one can start a module anytime and complete it anytime.”
He further commended UTAMU staff for working virtually to ensure education continues regardless of the effects of COVID on the education system.
All UTAMU academic programmes are fully developed as e-learning modules designed to transform a student’s intellect and career prospects through experiential learning activities and digital technologies.
The University is still receiving students for the MAY 2020 Intake as well as September 2020 Intake.