After scaling through the first hurdles in the national finals of the Microsoft Imagine cup software competition recently in Lagos, there seems to be optimism as Team Nigeria, TEAM TREP from the Federal University of Technology, Akure FUTA advances to the regional finals of the students software competition with internet of a thing solution.
But looking at the product presented, there appears to be convincing signals that the Nigerian students will make it to the global stage.
It would be recalled that In a keenly contested software students competition held in 2011, at the University of Lagos Akoka, four students from the same Federal University of Technology Akure, (FUTA) representing team ‘Nerds Inc’ whose software work is on Medicare emerged winners of Imagine Cup Nigeria finals.
They had contested with other students around the word in New York, the United States of America at the global finals.
Now in its 16th year, Microsoft Imagine Cup, aims to give young developers the opportunity to acquire new and critical technical, business and team-building skills all while having fun along the way.
Nigerian Team is made of two Engineering undergraduates of the institution, Taofeek Olalekan Afeez and Alayande Abdulwaheed Abiola.
The Team had pitched their solution called Real Drip , a device that reduces the risk of blood clot or deep vein thrombosis.
They had competed alongside other students from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Federal University of Petroleum, Warri and Bells University of Technology.
About the solution:
Their solution, a non-invasive device monitors the flow of intravenous fluid during IV treatment and notifies medical staff in real-time. The device monitors the rate at which intravenous fluid drops (flow rate) and notifies the medical staff on duty in real-time, for the timely removal of intravenous needle to prevent back flow of blood which may lead to pulmonary embolism if necessary action is not taken on time.
However, the judges after many presentations, adjudged their solution as the best among other solutions presented by other competing Teams from other Universities.
The next challenge
The current challenge for the students is round two of the competition, the regional finals. It is done through an online submission, which will be being adjudicated by an independent panel.
If they scale through the second round of the competition, Team Nigeria will join other brightest students from other countries for global finals taking pace in Redmond, Seattle this July. The competition is seen as the biggest software competition for undergraduates in the world.
However, the competition is segmented into three rounds, the National Finals which is round one, regional finals, round two and the World finals, round three.
Finalists from round two will win an all-expenses paid trip to the World Finals. They will compete with the best and brightest teams from across the globe for the title of World Champion, up to $100,000 cash prize and the chance to take home the Imagine Cup.
We will make Nigeria proud:
For Taofeek Olalekan Afeez, The Team Lead for Team TREP, who was full of excitement said that, “We are excited about this win. We would like to thank Microsoft for this opportunity. We look forward to competing at the global stage and do our country proud.”
Students will change the world:
Meanwhile, Mr Akin Banuso, General Manager, Microsoft Nigeria had told the audience during the national finals competition that, “Today’s students are the makers and doers that will build and change the world, as we know it. At Microsoft, we believe this new generation of innovators have the potential to address some of humanity’s most pressing problems; from how to predict and monitor diseases like Alzheimer’s and depression, to identifying ‘fake news’ or increasing response times during natural disasters”