Presentation by Dr Julius Otim

Topic: The state of health facilities within Kampala and opportunities for e-health systems

Dr Julius Simon Otim is the current Manager of Medical Health Services in KCCA. He is a medical doctor by profession and a public health specialist. He oversees all health facilities under KCCA ensuring Quality Assurance, implementing service delivery programs & health research plans. He previously worked with Marie Stopes Uganda as a Quality Assurance Manager, Malaria Consortium as a Technical Team Leader and as a District Health Officer for Kumi District (Local Government). He is also a life member of the Uganda Red Cross Society, a Board Member of Makerere University Hospital and a member of the National Task Force on Non-Communicable diseases

Dr. Julius Presenting

Presentation by Ms. Fiona Ssozi

Topic: Using Activity Theory to Understand Technology Use and Perception among Rural Users in Uganda

Research Focus: Her research focuses on Community Based Co-Design – a participatory Design approach/method that enables people that have limited experience with technology use & untrained in design to actively participate in Design of appropriate ICT tools.
This research has been applied in rural water management within communities in Kabarole District (Uganda)
Ms. Fiona is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems and a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town (Center for ICT4D – Department of Computer Science).

Ms. Fiona Presenting

Presentation by Prof. Eric Abbott (Ohio State University) & Mr Sostino Mocumbe (Mozambique)

Topic: A roadmap for a participatory mobile application for farmers:

The talk is to focused on sharing a road map for a participatory Mobile Phone App development and to discuss the utility of such a technology as a method of communicating information to and from farmers, agricultural specialists/extensionists, and organizations in Uganda.  Other examples of agricultural Apps developed by other partnering groups in Uganda  where  also demonstrated.


Mr. Sostino Mocumbe is currently working on a USAID Feed the Future project “Farmer Decision Strategies for Improved Soil Fertility Management in Maize-Bean Production Systems” and has worked with Programmers to develop a prototype stand-alone App at IIAM in Mozambique to illustrate what can be done at the basic level.

Prof. Abbott is a communication and media expert. He is currently working as an international consultant on agricultural and rural development projects in Uganda, Mozambique and Tajikistan

Prof: Oboth During his presentation to the DI group
Mr. Sostino Speeks to the DI Group about his project with the Mozambique Maize and beans Farmers

Presentation by Ms. Carol Smith

TOPIC: User Research and Usability Testing:
Getting out of your office is the first step to making better interactions. Carol used her experience to provide recommendations for preparing for all types of field user research and tips for conducting studies focused on understanding interactions that technology users have with developed tools.

Carol is a Senior Design Manager with IBM Watson. She has facilitated hundreds of usability studies in her 16-year user experience career. She currently manages a team of designers (researchers, interaction designers and visual designers) at IBM, creating and improving Watson products in an Agile environment.

Carol holds a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University, served on the UXPA board of directors, and is active with many UX related organizations.

Ms Carol during her presentation to the DI Group

Presentation by: Ms. Jackie Nyamahungye

Topic: Mobile Agriculture (M-Agric) Adoption in Uganda.

Jackie’s work focuses on the investigation of the requirements for successful m-agriculture adoption.

Profile: Jackie is a a Mass Communication graduate who has turned into an M-Agriculture enthusiast & Researcher. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree at the School of Computing & Informatics Technology (Makerere University)

Ms. Jackie Speeking to the DI Group about her work

Presentation by Mr. Michael Kasusse

Topic: Predicting usage of Geo-Visual Techniques in Laboratory External Quality Assessment (EQA).

Michael’s work focuses on investigating the intention to use Geo-Visual techniques to reduce Turn-around Time of External Quality Assessment of Laboratories.

In a bid to improve Health Laboratory Document Systems, timely and accurate information provided by geo-visual technologies with real time error-detection goes a long way in reducing the turnaround time within laboratories of health facilities. 

This talk will focus on his research with 172 facilities under the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) HIV – EQA program in Mukono district.


Michael is a Health Informatics Specialist who previously worked with the Ministry of Health/National Health Laboratory Services (UNHLS).

He is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Informatics at Makerere University (School of Public Health & School of Computing and Informatics Technology).

Micheal During his Presentation to the DI Group
Members of the DI Group listening to Micheal