Makerere shuttle app wins top international award

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Last month, ‘Shuttle Alert’, a real-time mobile application designed to provide students with an up-to-date minute visualisation of the hostel shuttle’s location at Makerere University received international recognition in the 2019 World Congress on Undergraduate Research –WCUR.

The application was developed by a team of five undergraduate students from the institution’s College of Computing and Information Sciences –CoCIS.

They are; Elijah Gatale, James Okoth, William Mugisha, Jonathan Rukundo and Paul Okiring, all graduates of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Makerere School of Computing & Informatics Technology.

Their app was designed to help students evade kidnappers, thugs and conmen who wait at particular shuttle stopping points to harm students.

For their feat, the group won top honours in the Communication category and received a manually crafted trophy in addition an official certificate.

The award comes with a financial token of 500 Euros.

Last month, also from the same college; AirQo Project, an air monitoring project that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and low-cost technologies to generate and quantify data on air pollution in the designated areas in Uganda won a US$1.3million Google AI Impact Grant.

In 2016, Samuel Mugarura, a student at Makerere also made tear gas and was arrested by the government.

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