By Emeka Aginam, in at St Petersburg
Team Nigeria and 9 other teams from the African continent are currently showcasing their  best technologies in the continent at the ongoing 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition where students use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution that can solve the world’s toughest problems.

At the global contest that kicked off Monday four best software incubators from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ilefe, (OAU) and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (Lautech) Ogbomoso, Oyo respectively are flying Nigerian flag at the ongoing event which attracted no fewer than 309 students from 71 countries who have gathered in St. Petersburg, Russia to compete in three main categories like World Citizenship, Games and Innovation.

Out   of the 87 finalists teams currently competing,  10 teams were  from Africa, including Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Botswana , Tunisia among others

Meanwhile, more than $1m in cash and prices are  available to student competitors. Over the past ten years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the Imagine Cup.

With great supports from National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Dell, Nokia and  MainOne, members of Team Life Saver from Nigeria  including Afolabi Olamide, Oluwole Michael, Akinlaja Solomon and Adewale Adeyinka   had competed in  the national finals  in the category of World Citizenship.

The team developed an application called CardioLife, which helps prevent heart attacks by monitoring heart readings on the fly via the Microsoft Windows Phone.

The team’s solution which provides a rehabilitation programme for stroke patients using the Kinect sensor Nigeria team has 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.

For one thing, African representatives will have a world stage on which to highlight the role the continent’s local developers play in addressing the most critical issues of the developing world.

Imagine Cup centers around three Competitions: World Citizenship, Games and Innovation. This new structure builds on the elements that have been so popular with students in the past 10 years social impact and gaming while expanding the competition’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship

First-place prizes for World Citizenship, Games and Innovation will each be $50,000. In this year contest, there will be no elimination rounds at the Worldwide Finals.

Instead, all worldwide finalist teams will remain in the competition until winners are announced on the last day of the event. In addition, students competing in online Challenges that advance to the Worldwide Finals will compete onsite for first, second and third place.

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