Planet NI: Innovation Design Competition for Young Entrepreneurs in Africa

Makerere University has teamed up with National Instruments (NI) (, to bring you the 2014 Planet NI competition. The goal of the competition is to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship among future and recent engineering graduates in Africa through support towards market-ready projects that support the sustainable development of their local community.

texas-instThrough the Planet NI program, we will provide 10 selected student teams access to NI’s development platforms to design prototypes and solutions that meet local challenges in  Uganda. NI will offer hardware tools, training, and consulting to help turn value-added ideas into functional prototypes using the NI myRIO embedded hardware platform and NI LabVIEW system design software. From inexpensive medical devices to building the world’s fastest vegetable oil-powered vehicle, we want to see how students like you are engineering a better world using NI tools.

Eligibility: Engineering or science students in Uganda who are 18 years or older and have ideas that can be transformed into commercial products or services. Students can form teams of at most 3 people.

March 1—Call for abstracts
April 15—Deadline for abstract submissions
May 1—Announce top abstracts
September 15—Final paper submissions due
September 30—Announce winners

First place:
$600 USD and one LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT kit, paper published
on, and an opportunity to attend NIWeek 2015 in Austin, Texas

Second place:
$300 USD and one LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit, paper published on


Attachment Name Attachment Type
Innovation Design Competition Poster PDF PS
Innovation Design Competition Rule Book PDF PS