On May 24th, 2023, Ambassador H.E Robie Kakonge accompanied by MC Margaret Kafeero and Ugandan community traditional dancers paid a visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nano Lab in Boston.
The purpose of the visit hosted by Post-doctorate Researcher Dr. Praneeth Namburi was to recommend the use of the Immersion Lab’s motion capture platform and wireless physiological sensors to explore how biomechanical feedback and interactive visualization tools can be used to monitor physical and mental health. The different traditional dance movements translate to different kinds of mental stimulation in the brain that can be used to monitor mental health.
The local Ugandan community members will be volunteering to aid the research by having 3D scans of different body movements that occur in over 52 traditional dances of Uganda. H.E. Amb. Robie Kakonge also paid a courtesy call to the Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Film Office Mr. John Alzapiedi. She was accompanied by Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Margaret Kafeero, Ugandan community leader Maureen Asiimwe Kalemba, and Film Consultant Joshua Sentongo.
They discussed areas of cooperation and possible opportunities for internships and understudy. H.E. Amb. Robie Kakonge paid a courtesy call on Boston Community leader, Maureen Asiimwe Kalemba at the newly opened Uganda Boston Community Association Office in Massachusetts.
The Ambassador toured the premises, signed the visitors’ book, and interacted with some of the Ugandans who were visiting the office. The Ambassador expressed pleasure at the level of organization and community solidarity, happy that the community has a place to find social resources for various challenges they face in the City of Boston.