By Emeka Aginam
Barely few weeks ahead of the global contest for the 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup scheduled to hold in Russia next month, the Developer & Platform Evangelism Lead / Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, Shina Oyetosho has said with optimism that the solution, CardioLife developed by the Nigerian team was ready and tested on Windows 8 and phone devices .
Team Life Saver from Obafemi Awolowo University and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology have developed an application called CardioLife, which helps prevent heart attacks by monitoring heart readings on the fly via the Microsoft Windows Phone. It also provides a rehabilitation programme for stroke patients using the Kinect sensor.
With 10 teams from African continent for the world wide finals, he said that teams that did not make it to the global finals from their local finals had the opportunity to compete for the online portal competition
Although no team from Africa qualified for the World Wide finals through the online competition, he disclosed that Nigerian team has got supports from Dell which will provide Laptop Nokia which will provide windows phone OS devices and MainOne which had already provided internet connectivity support during the local finals held in April.
“During this week, (last week) the team will be paying a courtesy call to the NITDA DG to drum up support from the agency. I have confidence in the Nigerian team. They will fly Nigerian flag well in the world wide finals. We are ready for the 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup competition” he said .
Before now, Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands had posted on Tech Blogs, saying that each competing team deserves the highest recognition for the creativity and imagination applied to some of the world’s biggest challenges.
“All of these solutions will have an impact on the future and inspire others. Since Imagine Cup was launched a decade ago, over 1.65 million students across the globe have participated” he said.