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Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014 Kicks Off In Kenya

by Caroline Vutagwa
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The Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014 Kenya finals were today held at Strathmore University with quite a number of  developers showcasing their impressive ideas.  Most of the participants came from different universities, looking to give solutions to that help solve the day to day challenges experienced.

The major categories for the 2014 competition are Games, Innovation and World Citizenship. The apps were being created for the Windows Phone, either for the Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or the upgraded version of the Windows 8.

Veronicah Ogeto, Safaricom’s Head of Innovation said that Safaricom is looking to work together with some of the best innovation ideas and entrepreneurs and is working in partnership with other companies to help tackle problems in the country.

Some of the innovations included:-

  • The refugee solution – this is a game app that will help the humanitarian organizations collect funds to help in taking care of the refugees in the country. The game enables the users to share information about refugees in the country as well as learn the progress of the situation one chooses to help tackle. The download will cost users only seven shillings.
  • TechSpace – This app is looking to bridge the education quality gap by providing the platform to distribute content to personal devices like smartphones and other smart devices. It will give real time updates of the contents.  The team also is looking into making classrooms chalk-less as they also developed a software that detects a teachers hand movements. The developers are looking into working with schools and content developers.
  • Life Buddy- This is a blood donation app that seeks to find the right donor. Everyone will need to key in their details including the blood group and the information is saved in partner healthcare providers. When a particular blood group is needed, the healthcare provider will look through the data and call up a potential donor requesting them to donate it to the person in need.

This among others are innovations that had a chance to prove the workability of their apps. The winners will be announced at a later date next week.

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