Africa has been put on the spotlight as student innovators from Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia have made it to the finals of the Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s premier global student technology competition.
In the Games category is Digital Interactive Games from South Africa. They developed Of Dragon and Sheep, a 3D game where the hero saves sheep from dragons.
Nigeria’s The Humane Team and Tunisia’s Night’s Watch are in the World Citizenship category. Humane Team is an app designed to help visually impaired navigate smartphones while Night’s Watch Smart Hand is a prosthetic smart hand for those who have lost one or more limbs.
In the Innovation category is ProtectMe, a device designed to help patients monitor diabetes. A Tunisian team known as Basilisk developed it.
These teams will compete with other finalists – 31 in number – for a chance to emerge top in their category and win US$50,000.
One team will thereafter be crowned winner of the coveted Imagine Cup and the grand prize, a private mentoring session with Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella.
The Imagine Cup World Finals will take place in Seattle, US from July 26 – 29, 2016.
“The ingenuity of this year’s World Finalist teams is impressive. From incredible game concepts, to life-saving devices, to solutions that could revolutionize the way we do business – no one will leave Imagine Cup untouched or uninspired by these ideas by the time the competition is over and a new champion is chosen,” Microsoft stated on its blog.