5th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon

Innovating to Improve Neonatal and Maternal Health

August 25-27, 2017 | Mbarara, Uganda


Congratulations to Team Kangaroo+, Grand Prize Winners of the 5th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon!

Team Kangaroo+ received $780 USD/2,500,800 UGX and acceleration support as the grand prize winners. Their affordable medical technology, Kangaroo+, modifies traditional kangaroo care by using a low-cost neojacket that warms and monitors the vitals of preterm babies.

CAMTech also congratulates the First, Second and Third Runner-Ups. Judges gathered at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) to also name Team Safe and Dry as First Runner-Up, Team MBT as Second Runner-Up and Team 54 as Third Runner-Up. Team Safe and Dry received $625 USD (2,000,000 UGX) for innovating a fistula collection tool, Team MBT received $470 USD (1,500,800 UGX) for a device treating menstrual cramps and Team 54 received $220 USD (700,800 UGX) for a low-cost infant warmer.

In addition to receiving prize money, CAMTech UGANDA offered the winning teams access to webinars and peer-to-peer learning engagements. Each winning team will also compete in a 90-day post-hack opportunity for membership in the CAMTech Accelerator Program (CAP). An initiative on the CAMTech Innovation Platform, the CAP provides milestone-based funding, a CAP Coach, participation in the CAP Cohort, expert match-making and six-months of acceleration support.

Friday, August 25th

8:00 AM - 9:00 AMArrival and Registration (Location: Oxford Inn, Plot 12, Bananuka Road/ P.O. Box 303, Mbarara Rd)
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Opening remarks by Dr. Data Santorino, CAMTech Uganda Country Manager
9:15 AM - 9:30 AMKeynote speech by Dr. Celestine Barigye, Director of the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital
9:35 AM - 10:05 AMPanel 1: Pediatrics/Neonatal
10:10 AM - 11:40 AMPanel 2: Nursing and Midwifery
11:40 AM - 12:10 PMBreak Tea
12:10 PM - 12:40 PMPanel 3: Obstetrics and Gynecology
12:40 PM - 1:00 PMClosing remarks by Dr. Kristian Olson, Director of CAMTech
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMLunch
2:00 PM - 5:00 PMClinical site visits to:
• Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital: Led by Sheila Bagayana
• Ishaka Adventist Hospital: Led by Mukama Martin
• Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital: Led by Mbabazi Suzan
• Itojo Hospital: Led by Agaba Alfred
2:30 PM - 4:00 PMBusiness Workshop at Oxford Inn: Led by Nuriat and Jacob
6:00 PM - 7:00 PMCocktail Reception (MGH Guest House, Plot 2, Muti Drive Boma, Mbarara, Uganda, opposite Little Woods Inn)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Introduction and Welcome
• Opening Remarks from Dr. Data Santorino
• Innovation showcasing
• Integrating patient’s safety in neonatal and maternal health using info. technology to enforcing of patients safety by Samuel Mugisha, MUST faculty and innovator
• Mukama Martin, Co-Creation Lab Manager at CAMTech Uganda, introduces projects relating to newborn and maternal health (CPAP, Eco Smart, AIR, PRISMS)
• Remarks from Professor Celestino Obua
• Welcoming Remarks from Dr. Kristian Olson
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM• Barbeque, refreshments and interaction
• Cake-cutting ceremony, music and more interaction
• Cocktail reception ends

Saturday, August 26th

8:00 AM - 9:00 AMArrival and registration (Hack-a-thon Day 1 Location: MUST Main Campus Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research (IITR) – Room 2)
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM• Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology
• Dr. Kristian Olson
9:30 AM - 9:45 AMGroup photograph
9:45 AM - 10:40 AMHack-a-thon Speakers

• Speaker 1 ; Overall theme by Chair of the CAMTech Uganda Board

• Speaker 2; Highlights from the day before by Dr. Kris Olson

• Speaker 3; Summary on previous workshop on design thinking by Jacob

• Chief Guest: Honorable Elioda Tumwesigye (Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations)
10:40 AM - 11:10 AM• Introduction of mentors - Ms. Alexis Steel and Dr. Annabella Habinka
• Hack-a-thon 101 (Rules/Format/Judging Criteria)
11:10 AM - 12:10 PMPitching session (registration of pitches via link on website)
12:10 PM - 1:00 PM • Forming of cross-disciplinary teams
• Hack Store opens
• Mentor Briefing at Resource Center
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch (Participants are welcome to hack through lunch)
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Hacking (Mentors are encouraged to talk to teams)
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Hacking* (Participants are welcome to continue hacking after 5.30 PM)
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registration of team; link opens on website

Sunday, August 27th

8:00 AM - 8:30 AMDeadline for Final Team Registration (Hack-a-thon Day 2 Location: MUST Main Campus Institute of Inter-Disciplinary
Training and Research (IITR) – Room 2)
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM • Issuing of order/time slots and stations for teams’ practice presentations to mentors
9:00 AM - 12:00 PMTeams practice presentations (2 stations)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PMPress de-brief
12:00 PM - 1:30 PMLunch (Participants are welcome to hack through lunch)
• Issuing of order/time slots and stations for first round of judging, to a panel of judges organized around innovation themes.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Judging Briefing
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM First Round of Judging
2:30 - 3:30 PM • Selection of top 6 teams for final judging
• Preparations for final judging
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Top teams’ final presentation to Judges
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM • Judges deliberate
• Hack-a-thon Feedback Session
• Participants complete post hack-a-thon evaluation form (via link on website)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Awards ceremony
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Closing Remarks
• Dr. Data Santorino
• Dr. Kristian Olson
• Honorable Frank Tumwebaze (Minister of Information Communication Technology)
5:15 PM - 5:30 PMPress release
Clinical ChallengesDescription
Miscarriages and AbortionsThis is where a woman willingly or unwillingly loses her pregnancy. This happens normally due to poor planning for the pregnancy at family level or unwanted pregnancies, especially in young ladies. This is due to fear of the complications that result out of the available family planning methods. Therefore, an innovation is needed for these ladies to easily monitor there menstruation cycles well that it can be implemented as a an affordable family planning method and with minimal complications.
InfertilityInfertility usually happens during periconception, that is failure to conceive. There is a need to innovate how to lower the costs of investigating and treating infertility.
Confirming PregnancyThere is a need to get better ways how a mother can confirm that she is pregnant earlier and even how clinicians can confirm pregnancy earlier before HCG testing.
Premature BabiesThis is where mothers give birth before the normal date of delivering. Measures should be put on how to improve outcomes of premature babies without using a surfactant during ANC and into labour.
Malformation of the FetusThis is where the fetus is wrongly positioned. Normally the back of the baby’s head, or occiput, is at the front, or anterior of the pelvis. However, sometimes the baby’s back is at the back of a mother’s pelvis. This has to be discovered in the active phase or second stage of labour so that it can be resolved. If not discovered in time, a pregnant woman will experience prolonged labour and likelihoods of caesarian delivery. These expose a mother to risks of perineal rupture and obstetric fistula. Therefore, innovative measures of how to manage such pregnancies are required.
EclampsiaThis is a condition in which one or more convulsions occur in a pregnant woman suffering from high blood pressure often followed by coma, posing a threat to the health of mother and baby. Eclampsia usually occurs due to prolonged pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a disorder in pregnant women characterized with abnormal high blood pressure.This condition affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered.
AnemiaThis is a condition in which a pregnant woman has very little blood in her body. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in pregnancy. This is due to a greater expansion of plasma volume compared with the increase in red cell volume. Therefore, innovative measures are needed to inform the mother or health worker about the reduction in iron in the body of a pregnant mother.
MalariaPregnant women are more susceptible than the general population to malaria. They are more likely to become infected. Malaria-associated maternal illness and low birth weight is mostly the result of Plasmodium falciparum infection and occurs predominantly in Africa (WHO, May 25, 2017). Malaria infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, low birth weight, congenital infection and/or perinatal death. Therefore, innovations are required to prevent mothers from getting infected with malaria parasite.
Poor Relationship Between Health Workers and Pregnant MothersThis is due to different factors such as language barriers and negative perception of mothers towards health workers. This hinders easy flow of information between the workers and the clients.
Poor FeedingPregnant women have to feed well (balanced diet) for the fetus to get enough nutrients during its development. However, in African settings, families are poor and they cannot afford all the food required. As a result, a fetus does not get enough nutrients for normal development which exposes it to congenital malformations. Therefore, an affordable innovation is needed to enable pregnant mothers to access most of the food nutrients needed.
Poor Transport MeansMothers find it difficult to travel from their homes to the hospital during labor due to poor roads, congested vehicles and vehicles delaying to set off for the journey as they still need to get enough passengers before they start the journey. These make mothers deliver before they reach the hospital, which is associated with a lot of risks such as unrecognized postpartum hemorrhage and likelihoods of death of a mother. Therefore, an innovative way is needed on how to safely transport mothers to the hospitals.
Delayed Detection of High Risk MothersPregnant mothers go for antenatal care but some complications are not accurately diagnosed, such as the position of a baby, because they require special tested machines like CT scans. Since these machines are expensive, they cannot be afforded in the African setting, leading to delayed detection of mothers with such presentations. An innovative measure is needed for early detection of high risk mothers.
Antenatal Care IgnoranceMost mothers especially, in the rural areas, lack knowledge about the benefits of ANC and also delivery from the hospital. An innovative measure is need to sensitize mothers of the benefits of antenatal care and advantages of delivering from the hospital.
Inadequate MedicineIn some health units, there is inadequate health supplies and medicines to manage complications in pregnancy. This delays treatment. An innovative measure is needed to determine the available medicines in different wards for effective supply in time.
Poor Structure for Patient Follow UpAfter mothers are discharged from the hospital. There is no special method for follow up on how they are progressing. This leads to late presentations of post-natal complications. An innovative measure is needed to monitor these mothers after they have been discharged from the hospital.
Low Male InvolvementMost males don’t like getting concerned about their wives’ pregnancy. Very few men follow their women to the hospital during labor. This gives makes women feel ignored. This brings a psychological torture to a woman. Leading to loss of pregnancy or require assisted delivery. Therefore, an innovative measure is needed to attract and sensitize men about their contribution as husbands when a wife is pregnant.
Poorly-Conducted, Goal-Oriented Antenatal CareAn innovative, effective and affordable way is needed to achieve the goal of antenatal care services.
Poor Record Keeping in Health SystemsThere is no trusted and safe way of keeping records for all the mothers admitted to the hospital. Therefore, an innovative way is needed to have the safe storage of records of all mothers at the health facility, including the day they go into labour, conceive, and birth. This will help in tracing the stage at which a complication occurred for appropriate attention.
Gender-Based ViolenceGender-based violence is great challenge in most families in low- and middle-income countries. There are no clear statistics for exact number of women affected by this violence because these happen indoors and there is no special method to trace all these scenarios. An innovative way is needed to practically analyze how gender-based violence is a great challenge in LMICs.
Poor Health-Seeking BehaviourIn African settings, it’s very hard for someone to seek for medical checkups not until he has symptoms for a given disease. This leads to associated complications of symptomless infections. This is more dangerous to pregnant women as such untreated symptomless infections affects babies leading to premature delivery. Special ways are needed to enable people to seek timely medical checkups even if they don’t show any symptoms of a diseases.
Placental InsufficiencyA complication of pregnancy where the placenta is un able to deliver adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients to the fetus. This may be due to placental abruption: detachment of the placenta from the uterus during pregnancy, poor nutrition of a mother or infection of a mother. If discovered in time, health workers can give special attention to this mother to save the life of a baby. the available means of monitoring the placenta functioning is very expensive to afford. Therefore, an affordable innovation is required to monitor the functioning of the placenta.
Teenage PregnanciesThere is an increasing prevalence of teenage pregnancies. An innovative method is needed to inform young girls on the likely causes of early pregnancies and the associated outcomes.
Inability to Detect Fetal Heart Rate at Gestation AgesAn innovative method is needed to easily detect for fetal heart rate when a mother is in labour.

CAMTech Uganda will award the 2017 hack-a-thon winners over $2,000 USD ($6,702,400 UGX) in prize money:

Grand Prize: $782 USD ($2,500,800 UGX)

First Runner-Up: $625 USD ($2,000,000 UGX)

Second Runner-Up: $469 USD ($1,500,800 UGX)

Third Runner-Up: $219 USD ($700,800 UGX)

Paul NiyitangaPaul Niyitanga is an electronics engineer specializing in the development of embedded systems. He has an extensive background in the design and development of electronics from concept to market ready products. Lately, he has been focused on the development of medical devices one of which is due for clinical trials this year.
Dr. Joseph NgonziDr. Joseph Ngonzi is a Ugandan born Obstetrician/Gynecologist. He graduated from Mbarara University with a bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery, then a Masters degree of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He had further training in epidemiology and biostatistics. He is currently a senior lecturer and head of department of Obstetrics and Gynecology a MUST and deputy dean elect, Faculty of Medicine. He is passionate about innovations especially in the area of maternal newborn and child health. He is a core team member of CamTech Uganda and has mentored numerous teams in innovations and continues to do presently.
Jacob FohtungJacob Fohtung is an Innovation Leadership Fellow at CAMTech Uganda and a first-year MBA student at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. He is also the co-founder of Impactful Ideas and IlluminateBox. Impactful Ideas is a consulting service that allies with college students and working professionals to help them find their passions and build businesses around them. IlluminateBox is a platform that inspires youths around the world to take action on their ideas via mentorship and strategic partnerships with world-renowned entrepreneurial organizations. His lifetime goal is to inspire people around the world especially the youths to become the best version of themselves by discovering their true passions and building their lives around them.
Dr. Priscilla BusingyeDr. Priscilla Busingye obtained her MD degree in 2003 from the Makerere University. She completed a Masters degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Makerere University Uganda in 2008. She has a diploma in safe motherhood from the Karolinska Institute. She has special training in fistula surgery. She has a certificate in effective leadership in complexity from tropical Institute de Charite in Germany. Research interests and selected publications
include the impact of obstetrician/gynecologist coverage and predictors of stillbirth and neonatal death in rural Western Uganda.
Dr. Jolly Beyeza-KashesyaI have been engaged in maternal health for over 20 years at specialist level. Activities include clinical and programming, policy development and advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRR) of marginalized people including those living with HIV. I have experiences conducting and supervising research, projects/programmes as the lead consultant or working within a team for local and international organisations including international federation of obstetrics and gynaecology (FIGO) from which I have published over 20 journal articles. My most relevant duties include: Provide clinical care with special interest in maternal and newborn health, fertility and family planning, and conducting research; Support Supervision of consultants and other specialists in Ob/Gyn department; Teaching medical undergraduate students and midwives; Mentoring intern doctors and postgraduate students. In addition, I provide technical oversight to the Mulago hospital Maternal and Perinatal Death Review team, (an M & E tool to improve maternal health services).
Richard Zulu
Richard is in-charge of designing and implementation of programs at Outbox, a Ugandan tech hub that helps new and upcoming African entrepreneurs interested in using technology with workspace, incubation, and training programs.

He has designed and implemented entrepreneurship programs with various partners some of whom include Google for Entrepreneurs, UNFPA, MTN Uganda, NTV Uganda to mention but a few. Richard has over five years’ experience in the development of business modeling, project management and leveraging business or agile metrics in businesses. He is also an East African Acumen Fellow 2014 and alumni of the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) 2016.

For the last seven years, Richard has been at the forefront of building the startup ecosystem in Uganda through supporting developer groups and building infrastructure like the Outbox innovation hub. He has previously worked with Makerere University under the Directorate for ICT Support. He possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Makerere University.
Dr. Annabella Habinka Basaza-Ejiri Associate Professor Dr. Annabella Habinka Basaza-Ejiri (PhD) is the Academic Registrar of St. Augustine International University and Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Engineering. She holds a PhD in Information Systems from Groningen University in the Netherlands, MPhil. Science and Technology from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, a Master’s of Science degree in Information System from Makerere University and a Bachelor of Computer Science from Mbarara University of Science and Technology. She currently is a committee member to the National ICT Initiatives support programme at the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance. Annabella holds an honorary Associate Professor position in the Depart of Computer Science at the Faculty of Computing and Informatics. She is a co-investigator on several ICT innovation projects and has a passion for medical technologies to transform society livelihood.
Dr. Data SantorinoDr. Santorino Data is a Ugandan pediatrician and lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. He is an advocate, program implementer and a national trainer for Ugandan pediatric programs including: Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), Essential Newborn Care and Acute Care of at Risk Newborns. His research interests focus on healthcare solutions that are adaptable and resilient to the varied technological barriers and bottlenecks of developing nations.
Dr. Cathy Kyakweera
Dr. Martin Situma
Dr. Drucilla Busingye
The Incharge Holly
Dr. Francis Bajunirwe
Dr. Nyakato Viola
Dr. Jerome Kabakyenga
Dr. Daniel Atwiine
Dr. Mugyenyi
Dr. Joseph Ngonzi
Theodora Twongyeirwe
Ms. Phillipa Ngaju
Mr. Mathew Ocheng
Dr. Annabella Habinka
Paul Niyitanga
Dr. Robert Ssekitoleko
Mr. Galiwango Martin
Mr. Lubega Phaisal
Mr. Fred Kaggwa
Mr. Banard Kakuhikire
Sharon Mpiire
Mr. Alex Twinomuhwezi
Sarah Nabachwa

Below are helpful articles, reports, and statistics about neonatal and maternal health in Uganda.

Situational Analysis of Newborn Health in UgandaUgandan Ministry of Health 

Roadmap for Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity in Uganda – Republic of Uganda

Global Trends in Maternal Mortality – How Does Uganda Fare?CEHURD

Opportunities for Africa’s Newborns – The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health – World Health Organization

Below, find a list of local lodging facilities for the 5th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon. Please note that lodging facilities of UGX $50,000 and below are also available in Mbarara, but these may not be very close to the venue. Co-operate rates are as follows:

HotelLocation Rates (UGX) Contacts
Oxford InnPlot 12/14 Bananuka Drive• Suites = 170000
• Doubles = 110000
• Singles = 90000
• Twin = 130000
• +256754661578
• +256778784030
• oxfordinn@gmail.com
• www.oxfordinnhotel.com
Hotel KashPlot 92 Masaka Road• Suites = 250000
• Double executive = 150000
• Single executive = 120000
• Double standard = 150000
• Single standard = 120000
• Double deluxe = 90000
• Single deluxe = 70000
• +256706751466
• reservation@hotelkash.com
• www.hotelkash.com
Hotel KashPlot 5 Bananuka Drive• Double deluxe = 85000
• Single deluxe = 65000
• Twin deluxe = 85000
• +256706751466
• reservation@hotelkash.com
• www.hotelkash.com
Pelican HotelBananuka Drive (Kiswahili Lane)• Singles = 47200 (Breakfast for 2)
• Singles = 41300 (Breakfast for 1)
• Double = 59000 (Breakfast for 2)
• Double = 53000 (Breakfast for 1)
• Twins = 70600 (Breakfast for 2)
• Suites = 100000, 80000, 65000 (Breakfast for 2)
• +256702579199
• +256772579199
• 0793056083
Acacia Hotel200m from MUST on Kabale Road• Single = 90000
• Double = 130000
• Twin 2 = 130000
• Twin 4 = 160000 (Negotiable)
• 0392916391
• acaciahotel@live.com
• www.skyblue-hotels.com
Little Woods InnMuti Road, Boma Mbarara• Single = 85000
• Double = 95000
(with breakfast)
• +256392175573
• littlewoodsinnmbarara@gmail.com
• www.littlewoodsinnmbarara.com
Agip MotelMasaka Road• Single occupancy is at $ 50
• Double occupancy is at $ 75
• Suite occupancy is at $100

• Single occupancy is at $40
• Double occupancy is at $60
• Suite occupancy is at $75

(all the prices are inclusive of Breakfast)
• +256485421615


The 2017 hack-at-hon presents an unprecedented opportunity for sponsors to engage a diverse talent pool across the globe to help improve neonatal and maternal health in low- and middle-income countries. Sponsors experience:

  • Greater reach to a network of partners and experts in the field across urban centers in Uganda
  • Access to an expanded novel pipeline of breakthrough technologies
  • Amplified positive public relations with a broad group of innovators and stakeholders across the country

For additional questions, contact Sandra Butler.

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