17 April 2013

Kenya: JKUAT Team Wins Imagine Cup 2013

A team of 3 students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Collins Omwenga, Paul Mutie and Somboriot Kipchillat, have won Microsoft Kenya Imagine Cup 2013. They will represent Kenya at the world wide finals in Russia this July 2013.

The winning application named Protege seeks to support the process of giving donations to children's homes and other charitable organisations across the world. The application creates a support mechanism that allows children homes and rehabilitation centers to receive donations of any kind through an open accountable system based on Windows Azure cloud services, Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Protege will be free for download later in the year form Microsoft store.

Users will search for children homes in any region of the world, view their donation request, send donations and even virtually adopt a child. Donors will be able to receive automatic updates on the progress of the projects they support through live notifications. Donations that can be sent via this application range from financial payments through mobile money transfer platform such as Mpesa to clothes, food, stationary, building equipment, toiletries and even volunteer time.

The competition, was launched in 2003 globally and in 2008 in East Africa and seeks creative applications geared to solve world problems. East Africa will be represented by two teams, each from Kenya and Uganda. It is part of Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative, a way for young entrepreneurs, innovators and developers to have the opportunity to develop an idea, create a product, set a clear business plan and event take their product to market.

"Each team that competed in Kenya's country finals is deserving of the highest recognition for the creativity and imagination applied to some of the world's biggest challenges. We're proud to honour these young students who we believe truly exemplify the spirit of the Imagine Cup competition, and we'll be cheering on team PI Crafts from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology as they compete on the world stage in St Petersburg," said Louis Otieno, Microsoft Director for Legal and Corporate Affairs, Africa Initiatives.

Peter Nalika

Peter generates technical content for CIO East Africa and the International Data Group News Service, he also contributes to PC World and Computer World. Peter is classically trained in computing and information management, follow him on twitter @peternalika

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