Two teams Project 1 and AfriGal Tech (an all girl) team have been chosen to represent Uganda at the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Semifinals slated for May 1, 2014. The two teams were arrived at after the top five finalist teams from Uganda competed during a challenging day of presentations, which brought together students from universities across the country.
Two winning teams were selected in each category, World Citizenship and Innovation, to represent the country in the World Semifinals. AfriGal Tech from Makerere University, who developed an application called mDex, a smart phone-based sickle cell diagnosis alternative that will provide easy, low-cost fast, reliable and accurate diagnosis, and Project 1 also from Makerere University, developed Macotuba an application that does breath diagnosis of tuberculosis when a maco device is connected to a mobile phone via Bluetooth.
AfriGal Tech was recognized as the overall winners of the national finals for their outstanding performance and determination as they were the only all-girl team in the finalists. Both teams will go on to compete in the Imagine Cup World Semifinals and World Finals, of which the latter will take place in Seattle, USA in July 2014.
Imagine Cup World is part of the Microsoft Youth Spark initiative, and is a way through which young entrepreneurs, innovators and developers get an opportunity to develop an idea, create a product, and set a clear business plan that will take their product to market.
In previous years, only a few of the very best teams made it all the way to the World Finals and received global recognition for their hard work. In this year’s Imagine Cup, every first-place winner of the National and Online Finals will be able to compete in a whole new round: the World Semifinals launching on 1st May.
This round allows all of these first-place teams to be celebrated on the Imagine Cup website so everyone can hear their stories, see their projects, and be inspired by their imagination and passion. World Semifinalists will compete against each other in a global judging round to select the few teams invited to the World Finals but every single World Semifinalist team will be eligible for prizes including Imagine Cup’s Visual Studio Online Boost, in which nine teams will receive US$1,000 each for using the cloud-based power of Visual Studio Online to collaborate, plan, and implement their projects.
The competitors in the Ugandan Finals for Imagine Cup 2014 have joined student innovators from across the globe to take their innovative and ground-breaking ideas from concept to marketplace with Microsoft resources. Each of the five finalists were honored, last week Saturday, for their work to address some of Uganda’s toughest challenges:
Source : The Independent