17 December 2012

Uganda: ICT Students Win U.S.$50,000 Grant

Kampala — Information and Communication Technology (ICT) students at Makerere University have been granted USD 50000 by Microsoft for inventing an application dubbed 'WinSenga".

Using this innovation, the students participated in the global Microsoft imagine cup held annually and emerged the winners. A team of five students made the WinSenga mobile application to aid health workers as they assist expectant mothers diagnose the position of their babies.

"This application is deployed on windows of a smart phone and by use of micro phones a medic is able to monitor the mother and the baby in the womb", said Mr. Aaron Tushabe, the leader of Team Chiper256.

Uganda, the innovators of the application while addressing the press in Kampala last week.

He says that the algorithm analyses fetal heart sounds to determine the fetal heart beats per minute, age and position of the fetus and these readings are automatically recorded.

According to Mr. Eric Odipo, the General Manager Microsoft East and Southern Africa, the grant given to the students will help them transform their project into a social enterprise that will help address the issue of maternal mortality and increased heart problems among mothers and infants in Uganda and other developing countries.

Odipo says that in addition to the cash, other packages include software, cloud computing services, solution provider support and premium Microsoft BizSpark account benefits.

He said that Microsoft is making efforts to help the youth unleash their potential since most young people have ideas but cannot translate them into visible innovations.

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