For the first time in the history of Imagine Cup, East Africa will be represented by two teams at the Imagine Cup 2013 Worldwide finals; one from Uganda and another from Kenya. In total, 150 Ugandan students competed in the local finals of Uganda held on April 15, 2013; a challenging yet exciting day of presentations which brought together students from multiple universities across the country.
The local finals of Uganda was held at Makerere University. It was also the first time that the finals were jointly hosted in Uganda by Microsoft, Makerere University, and Microsoft Innovation Centre at Makerere.
Speaking at the launch of the competition, Mr. Simon Onyango, Microsoft Business Development Manager in Uganda, challenged the youth to take time to focus on developing technology applications that are wealth creating and not just ‘cool’.
“While many local developers have focused their work on developing consumer applications, it is important that they also look into the opportunities that exist in B2C (Business 2 Consumer) Apps, Independent Software Vendors (ISV) Line of Business Apps and In House Line of Business Apps as these remain largely unexplored and present real business opportunities,” he said.
Drake Mirembe Manager Microsoft Innovation Center Uganda, Makerere University said – “We are proud to be associated with Microsoft and Imagine Cup competition. This is the 6th year Makerere University will be sending students to the worldwide finals and we congratulate this year’s winners for a job well done. Although only one team will proceed to Russia, all competitors today did a commendable job.”
Innovative projects were presented by teams from different universities throughout the day. Some of the highlights include a smartphone charger powered by radio waves (Team Afripak), an innovative online trade idea (Team BvITech), an app that fights climate change (Team Tush), a revision guide and assistant application (Team Patchit247), and a social network to make you rich and famous (Team AlNetwork).
After a long day of presentations, Mr. Simon Onyango announced the winners for this year’s local finals in Uganda. Two projects stood out among the other innovative projects presented earlier by Ugandan students:
Runner-Up: Team KodeDream
Team KodeDream was named as a runner-up and will be receiving laptops powered by Windows 8 as a special prize. Their project aims to increase life expectancy by having a virtual doctor with you wherever you go through a health wrist band that talks to your phone.
Winner: Team Code 8
This year, Uganda will be represented by Team Code 8, a team of students from Makerere University who developed an application that can diagnose malaria without pricking any body part. They will be the official representatives of Uganda and will be sent to St. Petersburg, Russia this July to compete at the Imagine Cup Worldwide finals.
Team Code 8 is made up of Businge Joshua, Gitta Brian both who are first year Computer Science students, Simon Lubambo, a fourth year Electrical Engineering student and their mentor Josiah Kavuma, a third year Information Technology student. Their project called Matibabu uses a light sensor connected to a tablet that is passed over a finger to diagnose malaria through matiscope technology. Through Matibabu, the team envisions a future where there is no need for a real doctor to test malaria.
Each team that competed in Uganda’s country finals deserves the highest recognition for the creativity and imagination applied to some of the world’s biggest challenges.
“We’re proud to honour these young students who we believe truly exemplify the spirit of the Imagine Cup competition, and we’ll be cheering team Code 8 on as they compete on the world stage in St Petersburg!” said Mr. Onyango.
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