Forum on Innovation in Infrastructure Receives UShs. 50 million Boost

24 Oct, 2019
L-R Mr. Alexander Bazirake, the Corporate Relations Manager at Roke Telkom, Mr. Walter Wafula, Business Unit Head-PR at brainchild BCW, and Ms. Sheila Tusiime Mugisha, the Head Corporate Communications at Total Uganda announcing the Ush 50 million sponsorship for the 4th edition of Innovation Series.

Kampala, October 24th, 2019 – Partners and sponsors of Innovation Series a thought leadership forum by brainchild Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) have today announced a Ugx 50 million sponsorship towards the firm’s fourth edition slated for 31st October at Golf Course Hotel, under the theme: Fast-tracking Infrastructure Project Completion Through Innovation.

Sponsors for the fourth edition of Innovation Series include; Roke Telkom, Golf Course Hotel, Total Uganda, Sanlam, Garage Group, DVI, Seamless Events, Vacker, Quicket, Radio City, Aka Dope and Fireworks Advertising.

Announcing the sponsors today, Mr. Walter Wafula, the Business Unit Head-PR at brainchild BCW welcomed the various partners and sponsors that have committed to the event.

“Together, this year, our partners have contributed Shs. 130 million to support Innovation Series in a bid to promote the spirit of innovation in Uganda,” he said, adding that, “Hosting such thought leadership events requires enormous human and financial resources. This is why we on-board partners like; Roke Telkom, Golf Course Hotel and Total.”

The fourth edition will be held on 31st October, 2019 at the Golf Course Hotel, in Kampala under the theme: Fast-Tracking Infrastructure Project Completion through Innovation.

The event is aimed at promoting innovation in infrastructure development sector, to accelerate the delivery of planned infrastructure and services to the end users as well as inspire firms in the sector to embrace new models and ways of implementing projects in a cost-effective way.

Mr. Alexander Bazirake, the Corporate Relations Manager at Roke Telkom said, “Roke Telkom took the decision to partner with brainchild BCW for the 2nd time in a row chiefly because it provides an informative platform to address crucial issues that revolve around new and innovative ways of conducting our businesses and organization operations for efficient, timely delivery and maximum value.”

He said, today, global telecommunications providers are embracing 5G wireless services and Artificial Intelligence in areas like Civil and Construction engineering around new innovations supporting smart materials with structural health monitoring, self-repair materials, waste management, concrete mix designs, modular construction Decision making, Robot Fleet Management systems among many other ICT enabled and supported capabilities.

In her remarks, Ms. Sheila Tusiime Mugisha, the Head Corporate Communications, Total Uganda noted that, “Most if not all infrastructure projects around the country require support from the Oil & Gas industry in which we are a leading player.”

“Total has invested over 1 billion Euros in research and development and this investment is paying off. We are committed to providing innovative solutions to both individual and industrial customers through new innovative technologies and improvements to our delivery across the value chain,” Tusiime said.

Total’s influence cuts across power solutions like solar, locomotives including truck, graders, pulley systems among others that require petrol or diesel and moving parts that require lubricating oils.

At the press conference, brainchild BCW announced the panellists that will speak at the event.

These include:

  1. Eng. Andrew Kitaka, the Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority
  2. Ms. Paula Coetzee, Manager, Energy and Infrastructure, Corporate & Investment Banking, Stanbic Bank
  3. Ms. Helena McLeod, the Team Leader, Cities & Infrastructure for Growth Uganda
  4. Mr. Timothy Musoke, the Chief Technical Officer, Roke Telkom
  5. Andrew Mwenda, the CEO, The Independent Publications

Besides innovation, they are expected to discuss the recurrent delay in infrastructure project completion that cost both the government and the citizens over Shs. 2.8 trillion (Us$800m) in national income and productive work time, per annum, according to a World Bank study.

Uganda is currently pursuing a number of infrastructure projects across the transport, energy and information communication technology (ICT). In an effort to improve the national transport network, the Government of Uganda this financial year, 2019/20, allocated over Shs. 6.4 trillion to the works and transport sector while Shs. 3.1 trillion allocated to energy and ICT infrastructure to promote economic growth and transformation.

Participants to the forum are encouraged to reserve their seats to the event via or via 0759 800 553.

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About Innovation Series:

Innovation Series is a set of thought leadership events aimed at promoting innovation in business through thought-provoking discussions on new and cost-effective ways of delivering products, and services which affect the growth of firms or organizations. The events bring together business leaders, managers, government technocrats, individuals and the media, under one roof. We held our inaugural event on 13th September 2017, the second edition on the 26th of April 2018, third on 07th March 2019, focusing on different themes and sectors of the economy. Since establishment, Innovation Series has hosted nearly 800 delegates, 250 companies, 20 key speakers and panelists, 3 editions, and become a number one trend on Twitter on its event days.


About brainchild BCW:

brainchild BCW is a fully-owned and operated division of fireworks Advertising; a communication sales and marketing advisory firm that delivers more strategic solutions than the traditional communications agency. Over the years, we have made our mark in the industry by delivering captivating and impactful campaigns that create top of mind awareness for our clients’ brands and ultimately help them to achieve their business objectives. We are also the exclusive affiliate of Burson Cohn & Wolfe, the world’s third largest PR group and Africa’s largest PR network, in Uganda. This gives us a global reach and access to international expertise. More than before, we can now offer our clients truly world class Public Relations, Digital and Experiential services founded on our 10 year heritage, local and international experience.

For More information, please contact;

Rinaldi Jamugisa

PR & Digital Communications Manager,

brainchild Burson Cohn and Wolfe (BCW)

2nd Floor, Nyonyi Gardens, Plot 16/17 Wampewo Avenue


Contacts: 0706800061/0759800553