Five student teams from Kenya, Cameroon and South Africa are advancing to the 2022 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals. For an opportunity to win over USD50,000 in prizing and a slot in the World Championship in May. Where they can win the grand prize of USD100,000 and a mentoring session with Microsoft Chairman and CEO, Satya Nadella.
In the Imagine Cup World Finals round, they will compete against 43 other finalists from across the world. The teams will pitch their ideas to judges, demo their solutions, and engage in a question and answer session. Projects will be judged on their innovative use of Azure technology, accessibility and inclusion, and its marketability as a business idea.
The Africa Imagine Cup World Finalists include three student teams from Kenya, one from Cameroon and one from South Africa. They developed projects and solutions in the Education, Health and Earth competition categories. Five teams from the Middle East and Six from Europe bring this number to 16 finalists from the EMEA region.
The student innovation competition known by others as the Olympics of Technology celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. It allows students to create inspiring and inclusive projects using cutting-edge technologies and develop valuable skills. Last year a student team from Kenya became the first African team to win the Microsoft student competition. A testament to the impact skilling and mentorship is having on students through programs such as the Microsoft Learn Students program.
Here are the teams, the qualifying category, the country and details about their solutions.
Imagine Cup World Finals – Africa Teams
Alpha14 – South Africa, Education category
ULearn is an online learning platform that consists of exciting and interactive activities, assessments, simple flashcards, and numerous types of rewards. Activities are fun and motivate Down Syndrome children to learn and gather valuable statistics to track progress and emotions.
Neural Voxel – Kenya, Health category
Neural Voxel enables specialists to easily and swiftly diagnose various forms of diseases in MRI and CT scans with much higher accuracy while at the same time reducing the workload and fatigue rates of specialists.
Sayari – Kenya, Earth category
In order to reduce post-harvest losses and maximize yields for farmers, the Ideal Monitoring System aims to ensure ideal conditions for the safe storage and transportation of produce in transit and in stores.
Team U-Map – Cameroon, Education category
U-Map is a mobile app that serves to provide geolocation services so students and lecturers can get directions to any location on campus using their mobile phones.
The_X_Team – Kenya, Education category
Kaizen helps mitigate issues affecting education in Africa.
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