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Digital Innovation Internship Program (DIIP)

Digital Innovation Internship Program (DIIP)

The purpose of the program is to empower and train future technology leaders in Uganda and beyond, EYIT developed hands program designed to equip young with an in-depth depth understanding of technology and how they can use it to become efficient problem solvers

Over the course of 8 weeks, the selected students will undergo in-depth training in the areas of software development and entrepreneurship skills in order to produce viable prototypes for the selected community challenges.

This year, the program will involve both local and international instructors to facilitate a blended learning experience.

The approach will include;

Collaborative Learning: Through group projects, discussions, public speaking, and events;

Practical Learning: Through one on one mentorships, hands-on application, and field experiences.

Instruction-based learning: Facilitator-led sessions in a classroom setting


Learning Schedule

 Week 1

Leadership Foundations – This area of learning is designed to enable the internees to build interpersonal relationships, challenge them to get out of their comfort zones

Design Challenge Presentation – Participants are presented with a problem statement by partner organizations that they then start to work on in smaller groups.  This section is crucial because it equips internees with problem-solving techniques.

Through various interactions, the internees gain a deeper understanding of the challenges the organization is experiencing in order to adequately meet their stakeholders’, clients’, or customers’ needs.

The internees are provided with the tools and knowledge on how to approach the identified challenges using a Human-Centered approach to innovation which is to Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test.

Weeks: 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

The internees are introduced to foundational software development skills in either web or mobile applications using any of the programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, React, and Flutter.

Weeks: 6 and 8

The final weeks of the program are geared towards consolidating the learning from the preceding weeks. The internees are challenged to come up with strategies on how they can put into practice the skills and knowledge they have gained.

They are also helped to build their presentation skills so as to be able to present their final prototypes to a panel of judges and potential partners. The focus during the final weeks includes;

  • Pitch Preparation
  • Group Project Presentations

Other special activities

EYIT also hosts special events during the program. These include networking events, guest speakers, and end-of-the-program picnics.

The remaining 2023 cohort is November to December.