BackgroundMission & ObjectivesEligibility & Categories of AwardsEntry ProcessAwards CriteriaAwards Ceremony

MUST was started as the second public University in Uganda following the Uganda governments’ realization that higher education was a critical asset for nation building, and that Science and Technology was the most realistic driver to lead this initiative.

A culture of research and innovation needs to be harnessed into the university. An atmosphere that stimulates and nurtures this innovation is paramount in meeting the mission and goals of the university and making the university standout as a center of research and academic excellence.

Every year, students in the Institute of Computer Science do several projects. However, very few see the light of implementation. ICS awards is a channel that the Software Incubation and Innovations Unit of MUST has put into place to guide students to have these projected implemented in the real world.



To stimulate, harness and hone student ideas to sustainable ICT entrepreneurship.


The objective of these awards is to:

  • Develop a culture of innovation in the Institute of Computer Science and the whole university
  • Stimulate, mentor and nurture student innovations from school ideas to successful startups that will have a great impact on community development
  • Empower students to develop relevant and up-to-date software development skills up to implementation
  • Accelerate the development of commercial software from locally borne ideas in the university

  • Open to all ICS Students
  • First and second year students can submit project concepts
  • Third and fourth year students can present their final year research projects
  • An ICS student can submit a project they are currently working on
Categories of Awards
  • Best concept award
  • ICS Project of the year

  • Students submit their entry into the competition on this website
  • The panel of lecturers awarding marks for final year research projects can nominate projects to be considered for the awards
  • An independent team of judges shall then determine the best project from the nominated projects

  • Projects chosen shall demonstrate ability to be scaled to an international level
  • Projects chosen shall have a clear business perspective with a clear demonstration of how they will make money
  • Projects chosen shall demonstrate ability to develop and empower a good fraction of the community

There will be an awards ceremony that will be organized.

The date for this year’s awards ceremony is Wednesday 30th April, 2014

Details of this event will be availed on this website.

Mind your time

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."Steve Jobs"

Love your work

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."Steve Jobs"


But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem.

"Steve Jobs "