trips and conferences

Participating at #omrs15

Am so thankful to OpenMRS Inc for sponsoring my trip to Singapore a few weeks ago where i participated in our first Summit which happened early  December 2015 through the OpenMRS’s travel grant program. To mention a few key people; I thank Paul Biondich our project leader for the travel grant, Michael Downey for  handling all  the logistics of the event and leading us to key memorial sites in Singapore, Saptarshi and Suranga for helping me out with my ticket payment plus James Arbaugh for helping me out with the hotel room payment.


I travelled a day before the summit began and had a lonely ride from Changi airport to Bencoleen Hotel where i stayed during the summit, that very evening we moved with Michael and R0bby to a few great sites such as Merina Sand Bay where i was marvelled at the creativity of man, and Bugis Street where i picked 4 Singapore t-shirts at $10 which kept me during the stay in Singapore until i received my delayed checked-in bag on the last day before travelling back home.



The following days were technically very helpful; having had ‘Mobile Tools for OpenMRS’ tutorial cancelled, i moved to ‘Health IT & OpenMRS: An Introduction’ instead where i helped out some folks in setting up the OpenMRS environment.

The next day i attended; OpenMRS Concept Management presented by Andrew Kanter and Ellen Ball which got me well informed with the history of CIEL as well as its roadmap, i also had my prior information about the topic updated. ‘Getting Data Out presented by Michael Seaton’ where i was benefited by the demo around the Reporting module as well as the new approach of configuring the Reporting plus another 2.x module to get forms running within OpenMRS 2.x, we also had a Bahmi demo about how to quickly configure forms in OpenMRS 2.x which was equally helpful.


I totally liked and was absorbed into all the following days of the conference, i learnt of the bond that binds our community and the was more convicted of a bright future for OpenMRS, this surely gave me more joy considering having chosen a right health open source community to be a member of.

I enjoyed the powerpoint karaoke being a man that likes fun sessions with co-workers, this was a very longevity increasing activity as most of us laughed our lungs out seeing pals like Maany, Burke, Neha, Willa etc participating.

On one lunch break, we eagerly met and brainstormed about forming an East African OpenMRS community which is being developed, we also planned hosting the first OpenMRS Uganda implementers meeting. this was another subject of my great interest having long worked hard to make this happen.



Though not all our expected hackathon attendees showed up and some were available for a limited amount of time (Some friends such as Nyah Check were missed because of not getting a travel grant). As the hackathon lead, with the help of Michael and other folks in divers ways, we organised the present participants and grouped them up into three teams that worked on three well thought of projects each team having a lead.

The first and best team (Team 1) led by Darius worked on the Dashboard open webapp.

The third and second best team (Team 3) led by Wyclif worked a number of Rest webservice related JIRA tickers; see:

The second team (Team 2) led by Pascal fixed the Swagger Docs app and worked also on another set of Rest webservice related JIRA tickets; see:

All teams were awarded for their participations, we are so so thankful to OpenMRS Inc and Michael Downey for the great trophies and gifts plus James for capturing as many photos and interviews as possible soon to be used in creating a hackathon promotional video.

Am so thankful to Michael for getting us a great judge. here are some excited #omrs15 hackathon winners/hackers.



While at the summit, i met and discussed with several new people such as Hemanth, Neha, Maany, Fabian, Vinay, Sabine, S. Musoke, Jonathan Mpango among others.

This summit was a sure key motivating factor in getting me think of how to better my contributions to OpenMRS by advancing my technicality as well as through meeting and discussing with several wonderful participants to our great community about their OpenMRS commitments.

I think if we (myself and more contributors such as newbies) can get more sponsorships to other upcoming OpenMRS events, this would be an indirect binding agreement as well as an internal motivating force to continue contributing to the our community, meeting with the community makes the contributing force real and opens up more opportunities to our participants which is the best way to keep them supported financially as well as volunteering at OpenMRS