Ugandans’ Malaria App Scoops Shs30m In Microsoft Contest


cheap geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Brian Gitta, doctor Joshua Businge, cheapest Simon Lubambo and another won the Women’s Empowerment Award category.

In partnership with UN Women, this award recognizes two student teams that created projects that best address issues impacting women globally.

In the Second Place came Team Omni-Hearing Solution, Taiwan, Project: Omni-Hearing Solution which went home with a $8,000 Prize.

The Microsoft Image Cup is the world’s premier competition for student technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs to create innovative projects and ultimately bring those ideas to market.

Winning projects were announced for the three major Competition categories — Innovation, Games and World Citizenship — as well as three product-specific Challenges and eight special awards from Imagine Cup sponsors.

The Ugandan team draws inspiration from the conditions faced by one of the team member Gitta Brian.

“I suffered from malaria and brusella before the competition and was subjected to a number of burning itches over and over again.” said Gitta.

This led the team to work towards a solution that can help diagnose malaria early and efficiently to save lives time and money.

“While treatment may be available, the costly invasive diagnosis hinders implementation. With this solution, Matibabu, we are able to diagnose malaria in its early stages which will helps reduce malaria by more than 75 percent in 2015 as by World Health Organization,” says Simon Fred Lubambo.

Project Description

Matibabu is a Windows Phone Application that diagnoses malaria without pricking the body (not getting any blood sample from the body).

By connecting a custom piece of hardware (matiscope) to the windows phone, the user is able to diagnose and know their malaria status in the shortest time possible.

The results are sent to the user’s skydrive for medical record keeping and sharing with their personal doctors.

“I have learned that when we work as a team everything is possible. Even the world toughest problems can be solved,” says Gitta.

The winners were announced at the Imagine Cup Awards Ceremony, held at the historic Alexandrinsky Theater and attended by more than 800 students, judges, awards Partners, Russian dignitaries and members of the media from around the world.

The ceremony was the culmination of a four-day competition and celebration of bringing ideas to life through technology and teamwork.

Eighty-seven student teams from 71 countries competed in the Worldwide Finals after winning local and online competitions around the world.

Microsoft has awarded cash and other prizes valued at more than $1 million throughout the yearlong Imagine Cup competition, including awards for the winning teams at the Worldwide Finals event this week.

“For the past 11 years, Imagine Cup has been a place of inspiration and innovation for students around the world,” said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and chief evangelist at Microsoft.

“The students participating in this competition demonstrate the very best in innovation from their home countries and together are creating new apps, innovations and services that will change the way the world works, interacts and learns. We are incredibly proud of the finalists who competed in Imagine Cup this year and stand in awe of the projects and technology they brought forth during this exciting week.”


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