Since 2010, the Commission has implemented ACIA, with the following objectives
- To recognize outstanding innovations in the development and adoption of ICTs in Uganda,
- To encourage individuals, academia, industry, government agencies and other entities to harness ICTs in creating solutions to Uganda’s development challenges
- To inspire, nurture, and facilitate Ugandan youth to develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by leveraging ICT
- To raise awareness of the value of ICTs in the development of the country.
- To create a platform for showcasing innovations within the ICT industry in Uganda
The ACIA 2016 catalogue which is contained on the UCC website http://acia.ug/, and hard copy available in the library contains a summary of the ACIA journey since 2010, including articles of previous winners.
The expected outcomes of ACIA, through its annual programs including Post ACIA support include are:-
- Motivate individuals, youth especially students, and professionals to use their skills and know-how to contribute to ICT innovation,
- Encouragement of organisations to investment in innovation or innovative approaches of doing business that leverage ICT,
- Facilitate identification and packaging of innovations for international promotion.
- Recognition of UCC among the drivers of innovation in Uganda
- Encouragement for improved research on ICTs in Uganda
Key milestones and achievements for ACIA 2016
- 2016 Special Award category: In ACIA 2016, a special award category was introduced, targeted to recognize a Government Ministry, Department or Agency with the best use of ICT in delivering services to the public. This was voted for by the public over a four day period 25th to 29th April 2016. A total of 19 innovations were entered by 12 MDAs entities to be considered for public voting
- 262 entries/innovations were entered by the deadline of 1st April 2016
Post ACIA 2017 assessment survey was conducted immediately in May 2016. The report of the assessment is attached, click here