Uganda students win for maternity innovation


Image: Team Cipher 256. By BiztechAfrica
Team Cipher 256

For the fifth year running, students from Makerere University in Uganda have won the Microsoft East and Southern Africa Imagine Cup competition.

This year’s winning team designed mobile phone software that can monitor foetal movements and heartbeats.

The team, Cipher 256, will go on to compete in the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals to be held in Sydney, Australia in July, 2012.

The team designed an application codenamed WinSenga that focuses on how to detect ectopic pregnancies in women as well as monitor baby movements and position in the womb during pregnancy. The team, comprising of Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello, and Josiah Kavuma was also voted the best by facebook and twitter users who were following the competition online.

In total, 14 teams from different universities participated in the finals held in Nairobi last weekend. The competition is aimed at inspiring the youth to use their imagination, creativity and technology to help solve the world’s toughest problem.

According to Aaron Tushabe, their application addresses the UN Millennium Development Goal 5 – Reducing Maternal Mortality by 2015. “Our inspiration to develop this application was drawn from prior visits to the Mulago Hospital Pediatric Ward. Mulago being a national referral hospital, has an ultrasound machine, but what about the midwives in the villages? They use a Pinard Horn but in some instances some might lack the adequate skills to appropriately interpret the sounds,” said Tushabe.

In this system, the Pinard Horn is connected it to a smart phone through an external microphone placed at the flat end of the Horn. The phone contains an application that has a sound recording module and sound analysis module which will produce a report detailing the position of the baby during the different trimesters, the age of the baby and the fetal heart rate.

This system, according to Tushabe gives a more accurate diagnosis compared to using only a Pinard Horn. “WinSenga is effective, faster and affordable and can even be used at home by a pregnant woman.”

WinSenga is being developed with the help of Dr. Davis Musinguzi from Mulago Hospital and a former finalist in the Project Inspire Africa session 1. The students are mentored by Joseph Kaizzi, a former CIT student and previous participant in Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions. More support is drawn from the Microsoft Innovation Center – Uganda.

By July, the application will be able to display cardiograph information and will also employ cloud technology to make the patients’ records more accessible by different medical practitioners.

Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus


Airtime exchange app wins regional Ericsson Innovation Awards 2015

Team Chura from Kenya has won first prize in the sub-Saharan Africa region for their app that allows airtime switch between mobile networks. Read More

Winners emerge in Etisalat Prize for Innovation Competition

Etisalat has unveiled the winners of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Innovation competition in both the innovative product and idea categories. Read More

MTN Business announces winners of Mind2Machine challenge

Alpheus Mangale MTN Business has announced two winners of the inaugural Mind2Machine challenge for innovative M2M technologies at a ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read More

GT Bank unveils Young Inventor competition

Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank), has unveiled the SKS Young Inventor Competition to find the next generation of inventors and forward thinking citizens, committed to Kenyan growth.  Read More

Car & General launch smartwatch and fitness tracker

Car & General has introduced the new FÄ“nix 3, a fully-fledged smartwatch and fitness tracker, to the Kenyan health and fitness market. Read More

Winners named in Tigo Digital Changemakers Competition

Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with non-profit organization Reach for Change, have announced the winners of the Tigo Digital Changemakers Competition 2015.  Read More

2015 Tigo Digital Changemakers launched

Tigo Ghana and Reach for Change have announced the launch of the 2015 Digital Changemakers competition. Read More

NITDA chief urges DEMO Africa on value creation

The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Peter Jack has tasked the organisers of this year’s DEMO Africa event: LIONS@frica, to ensure the event sustains its established brand value as the platform for investors to meet innovative and budding technology entrepreneurs in Africa. Read More

Airtel CEO urges innovative approach to digital technology

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, has advised business leaders to be innovative and deliberate in their use of Technology, E-Commerce and Social Media. Read More

Yudala looks to drones for delivery

Nigeria’s e-commerce platform, Yudala, says it plans to use drones to deliver orders to customers. Read More


Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks Unlimited


eCommerce in Africa urged to take advantage of mobile eCommerce in Africa urged to take advantage of mobile

The Executive Chairman of Alltel has urged operators of eCommerce in Ghana and Africa as a whole to take advantage of the current trend for Africans to trade online via their mobile handsets. 


Nigeria needs $25b investment in broadband, says WoodNigeria needs $25b investment in broadband, says Wood

Telecoms executive Adrian Wood speaks to Kokumo Goodie about investment potential in Nigeria.