Imagine Cup grant finalists named
INNOVATIONS| Oct. 22, 2012, 7:07 a.m.
Two African teams are among the 13 finalists for the Imagine Cup Grant – a programme that helps Imagine Cup participants to take their projects to market.
The Imagine Cup is a worldwide student technology competition that encourages students to form a team and build an application, with the opportunity to win cash prizes and travel. More than 350 students from 75 countries traveled to Sydney, Australia, for the Worldwide Finals in July this year.
Following the competition, finalists are chosen for Imagine Cup Grants, a USD3 million programme as part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark programme, which is the company’s commitment to reach 300 million youths in the next 3 years through technology, training, and experiences that empower them to imagine and realize their full potential.
Last year, students from Croatia, Ecuador, Jordan and the United States won the grants and received funding and other support in the first year of the grants program.
Among the applicants, the 13 teams selected as finalists received the highest marks based on a combination of criteria: impact & viability, team quality & motivation, solution design & motivation and problem definition. The winning grant applicants will be announced in December 2012 at the Social Innovation Summit in the Silicon Valley, and awarded with a grant package in the form of cash, software, resources and other on the ground support to help them establish a nonprofit or for-profit organization to bring their idea to reality.
This year’s grant finalists include from Africa:
Team Cypher 256 from Kampala, Uganda. Their project, WinSenga, is an affordable mobile antenatal diagnosis solution implemented via a Window Phone. It comprises a modified Pinard Horn to which microphone is attached to detect and pick sounds which it feeds into the application. From this the application enables diagnosis to be carried out.
The antenatal diagnosis is hence made timely, effective and most importantly, affordable. It can be used by medical personnel as well as expectant mothers, thus empowering them to monitor their pregnancies. WinSenga is also used to generate real-time statistical information on trends like Fetal Heart Rate (FHR) during labor, effectively substituting and/or complimenting the partograph.
Team Vivid from Cairo, Egypt. Their project, Health Buzz, consists of two parts: a mobile application that physicians can use to access a patient’s electronic medical records, and a cloud-based storage system that is inexpensive and doesn’t require additional hardware.
The front-end is a Windows Phone app. Users (physicians, patients and pharmacists) can access the electronic medical records using an internet connection. They can retrieve, manipulate and save data to the cloud. The backend is a cloud computing service based on Windows Azure. This service helps to retrieve, manipulate and save medical records (data). Utilizing a cloud service helps achieve one of the solution’s main goals: building cost-effective solution with the available hardware.
The solution is provided through mobile phones, cloud service and low-cost subscriptions.
MORE INNOVATIONS NEWS
GE Invests R500 Million to Innovate in Africa for AfricaGE has officially opened its R500 million 2,700m2 facility, the GE Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg, a first for GE in Africa. Read More
MTN Ghana Foundation promotes young technology entrepreneursMTN Ghana Foundation, in partnership with Ghana Multimedia Incubation Center (GMIC), has launched an ICT Business Incubation project aimed at supporting business incubation projects for fresh graduates in the ICT sector. Read More
IPA 2016 awards and exhibition in GaboroneBotswana Innovation Hub in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) will host the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2016 in Gaborone from 22nd to 23rd June, 2016. Read More
Boshwaen new President of IASP Africa DivisionBotswana Innovation Hub (BIH)’s Chief Executive Officer Alan Boshwaen is the new President of the IASP Africa division network. Read More
Reach for Change promotes problem solving on the Day of the African ChildIn preparation for the Day of the African Child, Reach for Change Africa has launched an innovation contest that will empower one young African to solve a problem affecting children. Read More
MEST seeks early-stage South African startups to fundThe Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) announces its formal expansion into South Africa and is now accepting South Africans into their next cohort, for the first time in the program’s history. Read More
IPA 2016 excitement mounts in BotswanaThe Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH), in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), is all set to host the fifth edition of Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) in Gaborone on June 23. Read More
10 nominees announced for AIF’s Innovation Prize for Africa 2016The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the top 10 nominees for its landmark programme, the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Read More
UN, XPRIZE seek innovation in learning technologiesThe XPRIZE Foundation with the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have announced a new partnership for the US$15 Million Global Learning XPRIZE. Read More
ITU Telecom World Awards to recognise ICT innovatorsInnovative ICT solutions with positive social impact will be recognised and rewarded at ITU Telecom World 2016, the leading UN global technology event taking place this year in Bangkok, Thailand. Read More
FEATURED STORYGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early
Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa
IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.