By Emeka Aginam
Microsoft Nigeria has announced the teams that qualified for this year’s National finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup.

In the national finals, twelve teams will be competing for honors. The winning team that emerges from the national finals will be competing with other students in the Middle East and Africa grand finale, for a place at the World Finals.

Teams from tertiary institutions across the country pitched their technology solutions for a place at the national finals.
This year, the competition format was done on a regional basis, where teams within the regions competed with one another for a shot for a place at the nationals.

The national finals for the 2016 edition of Imagine Cup will hold this Friday in Lagos. The twelve teams from the regions will compete for a place at the Middle-East and Africa Finals for a ticket to the World-Wide Finals. The global finals will take place in Seattle, Washington, United States of America later this year.

The regional finals took place in three major Nigerian cities in the country including, Ibadan, Port Harcourt and Abuja, and it availed the participating teams an equal chance of showcasing their innovation.

The Imagine Cup roadshow was a celebration of ideas, technology and teamwork that was witnessed by an impressive turnout from students across the different tertiary institutions in the country. The teams competed for honors in three categories namely: Innovation, World Citizenship and Games.

The Federal Capital, Abuja, played host to the northern region and saw three teams qualifying for the next round, out of five teams. The names of the three lucky teams are; Team Crimson from the University of Port Harcourt, Team Crest and Team EiVee both of the Federal University of Technology, Akure respectively.

South-West stop of the roadshow held in Ibadan, eleven teams competed of which five teams qualified for the next round of the competition. The five lucky teams are Team Humane representing Obafemi Awolowo University, Team Wifi-Hub of the Ekiti State University, Team Circuit from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, The Elites from Ajayi Crowther University and, Team App Grade from the University of Lagos.

In Port-Harcourt, where the South-East stop was held, seven teams participated; four teams bagged their ticket to the finals, namely; Team Efficiency and Team Supervisor both of the Niger Delta University, Team Dragons from the University of Port- Harcourt and Team Boldsoft of the Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic.

The winners from the three regions would go on to compete in the National finals scheduled to hold in Lagos.

Commenting on the event, Kendra Nnachi, Audience Evangelism Manager at Microsoft Nigeria, said, “It is indeed exciting to see more and more ideas emerge from the Imagine Cup. It is evident that, this has now become an avenue for inspiration and innovation for students in Nigeria who want to use technology to solve the world’s toughest problems.”

“It is interesting to see young Nigerians showing innovative and demonstrable ideas that explore how to make their world work better, as well as getting a platform for deeper interaction with peers of their kind. It has been a great joy to see the ideas from the finalists and the practical value of the projects and technology they have brought on.”, she added.

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