The Uganda Communications Commission established a National Conference on Communications (NCC) in October 2010, aimed at strengthening communications research particularly of locally relevant solutions through discipline-specific conference series in communications.
The objectives of NCC are;
- To provide a national forum for presentation of outputs of peer reviewed research into solutions for local challenges and proposals to improve ICTs in Uganda;
- To provide a platform for discussion of the local challenges and industry trends by stakeholders (industry, government and academia);
- Facilitate networking of young professionals with senior practitioners and accredited training institutions.
The Conference thus offers students, researchers, application developers, and practitioners a platform to identify new research challenges, share solutions and discuss issues relevant to the communications sector of developing countries such as Uganda.
The NCC has been held four times; in September 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016, with the Commission as the main sponsor. The first two conferences were hosted by the College of Engineering Design Art and Technology (CEDAT), NCC 2014 was hosted by Ndejje University and NCC 2016 hosted by Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). The basis of hosting by the university has been through expression of interest.
In collaboration with the Commission, Makerere University, under its College of Engineering Design Art and Technology (CEDAT) shall host the 5th NCC. The event shall take place from 17th to 18th October 2019 at the Central Teaching Facility 2, Makerere University Kampala.
The conference is expected to draw an audience of 500 participants consisting of students, researchers, academia, and industry players among others.
The Hon. Minister for ICT & NG has been invited for the opening ceremony, and the Hon, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation was invited for the closing ceremony.
The theme of the conference is “Harnessing Opportunities in Emerging 4IR Technologies”. This is aimed at exploring innovations and identifying opportunities for Uganda in regards to the emerging technologies of the fourth industrial revolution. The 5th NCC, shall identify and promote research in emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, block chain applications, etc. Panel sessions and paper presentations on various topics have been scheduled