For the final rounds of Imagine Cup, Microsoft global student tech competition, teams from Nigeria, South Africa, and Tunisia will be representing Africa. The competition will also serve as a platform to highlight technological development springing up from Africa. It will go a long way to show the continent as not just as a consumer, but also a producer of tech development.
This team is from South Africa. This team will be pitching their 3D video game about Dragon and Sheep. Players are supposed to save as many sheep as possible from being devoured by the dragons.
This team of four undergrad students from the Obafemi Awolowo University’s Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering developed a system that allows visually impaired people use smartphones. Enabling them to surf the internet, dial up their friends and families, curate and read text messages, play music, and interact better with the Windows Phone smartphone offerings.
A team of four innovators from Tunisia that got their inspiration to develop Smart Hand from the suffering their colleagues with amputated limbs suffered. Smart Hand is a smart prosthetic hand for people that lost one or more limbs.
This is a pressure and shear sensing tech. It is a groundbreaking innovation that was initially used in patients with diabetes and aimed towards preventing foot or toe amputation.
This team from Africa will compete against 31 other teams from other parts of the world. The overall winner will walk home with $50,000. On top of being crowned the Imagine Cup winner and have a private mentoring session with Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO.
The Imagine Cup World Finals will be held in Seattle, United States from July 26 to 29.