Asiimwe Lydia (BED MPAM, DFM), Co-founder of EcoSmart Uganda Limited, working as Administrator and Human Resource Manager. Eco Smart Uganda limited is a social enterprise developing sanitary pads that will be affordable to girls and women from low income earning backgrounds in Africa. In her past experience, Lydia has worked with rural communities in Western Uganda aided by Compassion International and while there for 2 years, she spent time interacting with women and girls, listening to their challenges and supporting them to come up with innovative solutions to solve these challenges. It is from this experience that Lydia developed a passion and inspiration to start the EcoSmart Pads project. Lydia is also an innovator working on 3 other health innovative solutions incubated under the CAMTech Uganda incubator; the award winning Nuway innovation to improve the safety of passengers on boda bodas, the award winning Vein locator to locate the veins of babies during IV and SaniDrop a locally made alcohol based hand sanitizer. Lydia doubles as CAMTech Uganda’s Finance and administrative manager and has gained experience in grant fund management, coordinating programs, managing budgets, networking and providing vital daily services to support other innovators.
Mr. Paul Gusimba is the Co-Founder of A-Lite Uganda Ltd where he works with a team of: Medical, Business, Computer and Biomedical backgrounds that design affordable and appropriate healthcare solutions for developing nations.
He holds a BSc. (Hons) in Computer Engineering (Hardware Engineering–Major) from Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) with extremely great experience in electronics, embedded systems design and reverse engineering.
He has worked on a number of medical related innovations, the most recent being his contribution on a project entitled: "The Vein Locator", a medical device designed to facilitate the location of a proper vein in pediatric patients.
He has served as an organiser and facilitator at different innovation competitions, the most recent being:
Organizer and participant at the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Annual CAMTech Uganda MedTech Hack-a-thon at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mbarara – Uganda. The theme of the 2018 Annual CAMTech Uganda MedTech Hack-a-thon: “Innovating to improve community health services to attain universal health coverage.”
Paul has also provided some voluntary technical support on multiple projects,such as;
1. Development of the medical incinerator, a device aimed at using waste to burn waste. I.e. converting biodegradable waste to energy required to burn non-biodegradable medical.
2. Development of the smart car umbrella. A device that is installed on a carto automatically retract when there is too much sunshine to create shade for the car.
Over time, Paul has built his brand as a technical consultant in research and development of innovations, and he has inspired a number of innovators to launch start-ups that solve the most pressing global challenges.
Mr. Emmanuel Kamuhire is the CEO and co-Founder at A-Lite Uganda Ltd. He is the lead Design Engineer for Vein Locator, a project funded by the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech).
He holds a BSc. (Hons) in Computer Engineering (Data Communications Engineering –Major) from Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) with a passion for innovations especially in Maternal New-born and Child Health.
Emmanuel briefly volunteered with the Faculty of Computing and Informatics Sciences from 2013 to 2015 as a Tutorial Assistant, supporting the Computer Engineering and Information Technology Program and thereafter with Global Health Collaborative before venturing into electronics applications design and development at CAMTech Uganda.
He leads a team of: Medical, Business, Computer and Biomedical Engineers that design affordable and appropriate healthcare solutions for developing nations, and to date, the team has over 5 projects with 1 medical device prototype in its advanced stage. These projects have won both international and local awards including a 1 st place Innovation Award at the 2016 CAMTech Uganda Surgery Hack-a-thon.
He has served as an organiser, facilitator, mentor and judge at different innovation competitions, the most recent being:
Shortlisting Judge for Up Accelerate WAY Edition, a social innovation incubator that seeks to support up-to eighty (80) youths (Refugees and Non-refugees) in Uganda to develop and implement break-through entrepreneurial solutions/businesses for the improvement of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) outcomes.
Facilitator and mentor at the 1 st Edition of the Club Vision Santé (CVS) MedTech Hack-a-thon at Kira Hospital in Bujumbura – Burundi with the theme:” Innovating to improve health in Burundi.”
Organizer and facilitator at the 6 th Annual CAMTech Uganda MedTech Hack-a-thon at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mbarara – Uganda, with the theme: “Innovating to improve community health services to attain universal health coverage.”
Shortlisting judge for the 2017 Hult Prize Accelerator whose vision is to provide life changing education and transformative experiences to people everywhere – Kampala International University (KIU), Uganda.
Facilitator at the 2017 World Health Students’ Symposium (WHSS-2017) MedTech Hack-a-thon hosted by the University of Rwanda (UR), Kigali – Rwanda with the theme: "Towards the SDGs Agenda 2030: The role of a multidisciplinary approach in healthcare."
Over time, Emmanuel has built his brand as a consultant in research and innovation, and he has inspired a number of innovators to launch start-ups that solve the most pressing global challenges.
Dr Francis Bajunirwe – Medical Mentor
MBChB, MS, PhD (Department of Community Health) – Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
Dr. Data Santorino – Medical Mentor
CAMTech Uganda – Country Director.
Prof. Jerome Kabakyenga – Principal Investigator
Director – MNCHI at MUST.
Eng. Philippa N. Makobore – Technical Mentor
Department Head of the Instrumentation Division at UIRI.
Mr. Bernard Kakuhikire – Business Mentor
Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics and Strategic Management.
Eng. Ssonko Patrick – Technical Mentor
Eng. Mathew Ocheng – Technical Mentor
Dr. Sam Oloya – Medical Mentor
Providing direction on implementing successful and ethically-sound research.