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Kenya shines in Microsoft global competition

By Mathew Ndungu
Friday, March 26th, 2021
Microsoft Kenya MD Kendi Ntwiga Nderitu
In summary

Microsoft’s annual global student technology competition, Imagine Cup has revealed the entries selected to be a part of the World semi-finals round taking place by the end of this month.

The competition, which encourages students to build something that matters to them, make a difference in their communities and innovate for impact, has selected three teams from Kenya to represent the country and advance in the competition.

This year’s competition has seen the brightest young minds from across the world collaborate virtually with the purpose of reimagining solutions to address today’s global challenges in four categories: Lifestyle, Education, Earth, and Health.

The winning team will take home the Imagine Cup trophy along with USD 75,000(Sh8.23 million) and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. This year the competition also includes category prizes totalling USD 60,000(Sh6.59 million), plus Microsoft Learn Challenge monthly giveaways.

According to Microsoft Kenya Country Manager Kendi Nderitu, platforms such as Imagine Cup allow participants to create positive changes beyond physical barriers.

“In the current global climate, it’s become crucially important to, through platforms such as Imagine Cup, create positive change using new tools and resources. This is the main reason why with this year’s competition, we wanted to empower students to reimagine solutions and remove the physical and geographical borders – creating a global stage,” said Kendi Nderitu.

Kenya will be represented by three teams that impressed organizers with their solutions in tackling health, lifestyle, and educational issues.

Nderitu acclaimed the teams for having demonstrated great understanding by creating solutions that directly speak to socio-economic issues within their own surroundings and globally.

Team Cafrilearn created a project called Makini that consists of a mobile application that supports devices and allows for the facilitation of digital learning at affordable cost to low-income families and marginalized communities.

Another project created by team Intellivolt monitors over voltage, under voltage and power outages. Alerts from Azure applications in the form of SMS and emails are sent to relevant authorities in real time.

Lastly, team Reweba (Remote Well Baby) created a solution that serves as an early warning system - digitally monitoring growth parameters of babies and sending them to doctors remotely for timely intervention. It combines a variety of technologies to provide innovative functionalities for infant screening.

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