By Emeka Aginam
In a keenly contested software students competition held, Wednesday, at the University of Lagos Akoka, four students from the Federal University of Technology Akure, (FUTA) representing team ‘Nerds Inc’ whose software work is on Medicare have emerged winners of Imagine Cup Nigeria finals 2011.
The Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition is focused on finding solutions to real-world issues.
The competition encourages the world’s most talented software designers, programmers, to tackle, head on, issues related to: hunger relief, poverty, education, disease control, healthcare, the environment and other crucial problems facing our world.
With this development, the wining team comprising of David Olaniyan, Taiwo Orogbangba, Toluwanmi Kolawole and Alaba Oluwafemi of the Federal University of Technology Akure, (FUTA) are expected to represent Nigeria at the world finals slated to hold this July in New York, the United States of America.
With no fewer than 200 applications received by Microsoft Nigeria, 9 teams were short listed for the Nigeria finals with team Nerds Inc emerging the winner.
Other teams from different higher institutions across the country that contested in the software competition also include Techsolutions, CSCLounge, Computechnic, BrainsMedia, Wings, Click Synergy, Ozone, and Solidified
While each team was given about 15 minutes to present their software application before a capacity audience, the impartial judges based their decisions on problem definition, solution design and innovation, technical architecture and user experience, business viability and presentation.
Shortly after the announcement of the result by the judges, the spokesperson of wining team Nerds Inc who will be flying Nigeria flag at the stage this July, Olaniyam David with excitement told IT journalist that it was a dream come true.
“We will do Nigeria proud at the world stage this summer. We will fly the flag well. We hope to beat other students from other countries that will also be participating. We are very happy to be the winner of this contest. Our software application has the capacity to solve health issue which is one of the toughest challenge in the third world countries. We are grateful to Microsoft for this exposure” he said.
Being their first entry in the competition, with optimism, he told journalists that their team will do everything possible to win at the world finals.
Earlier in his remarks, the Country Manager, Microsoft Anglophone West Africa Mr Emmanuel Onyeje had inspired the contesting students to show passion in their software application.
“Everybody is a winner. Today is your first step in changing the world. Show passion in work. Enjoy what you have done. Believe in your work. Imagine Cup is opportunity for next generation. Make your dream a reality” he told the contesting students.
Now in its ninth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to become the world’s premier student technology competition with more than 325,000 students representing 100 countries participating in last year’s event.