By Namugerwa Martha

Uganda communications commission (UCC) has partnered with Makerere university school of public health and Resilient Africa network (RAN), a multi disciplinary innovation hub to conduct a 48 hour Hackathon of teaching people about traffic and road management.

UCC tweeted this on its tweeter handle saying that the 48 hr Hackathon will take place from 24th to 25th may 2017 under the theme “ Smart Transport Management(SIM)” at Serena hotel in Kampala.

The Hackathon will be conducted alongside other ACIA 2017 activities, ACIA is an annual initiative that fosters innovation through the recognition and reward of outstanding ICT innovations.

“In Uganda, like in any developing countries in Africa the poor state of transport infrastructure is a looming problem which often leads to accidents and high cost of doing business,” UCC said in a tweet.

UCC added that with the increase in the volume of private cars, taxis and human traffic and predominantly narrow roads which are coupled with the limited space there is a sharp increase in accidents and other fatal incidents which are big threats to life.

“The first sub theme will be traffic management and the second will be teaching people about health, safety and insurance,” UCC added.

UCC further added that they will teach people how to follow or know the traffic laws and the proper traffic management of road users, law enforcement, city councils and line ministries.

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