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Kenya student team qualifies for Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship

Imagine Cup World Championship Microsoft kenya
Imagine Cup World Championship Microsoft kenya

Four computer science final year students of the United States International University – Africa (USIS) in Kenya will represent the Europe Middle East and Africa region at the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship.

The students are winners of the healthcare category and one of four teams advancing to the finals of this years Microsoft Imagine Cup competition. Where they get to compete with other teams from New Zealand, the United States and Thailand for USD75,000 and mentorship with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella.

We have no words, it means a lot

The Team

Meet team REWEBA, made of four members; Khushi Gupta, Jeet Gohil, Dharmik Karania and Abdihamid Ali. REWBA comes from their innovation name Remote Well Baby.

Team REWEBA entered into the competition under the healthcare category with an IoT-based early warning system for babies. Their innovation remotely monitors infant parameters during regular post-natal screening. It then sends measurements to doctors remotely, allowing for immediate interventions saving infants from fatal diseases and reducing infant mortality rates.

The students from Kenya say we have no words, it means a lot after working hard to get to the Imagine Cup World Championship.

Their journey includes beating tens of thousands of students from 163 countries in the online semifinals round. Then being selected as part of 40 teams to qualify for round one of the World Finals stage. Where two other student teams from Kenya; Cafrilearn and INTELLIVOLT qualified to compete.

They among 11 other teams from across the world qualified to present in round two of the World Finals. Advancing to the next stage of the competition means the team wins USD10,000 and Azure credits.

Imagine Cup World Championship

The four finalists present ideas that tackle local and global issues in one of each of the competition categories; healthcare, education, earth and lifestyle. The three other teams are Team ProTag from New Zealand, Hand-On-Labs from USA and Threeotech from Thailand.

The world championship is taking place before the Microsoft Build 2021 Keynotes. Team REWEBA from Kenya will get the opportunity to be the first team from Africa to win the Microsoft Imagine Cup student competition.

UPDATE:

5/25/2021: Updated to include date of finals.

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