Team TREP from FUTA Emerges Microsoft Imagine Cup National Winner

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Team TREP from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has emerged this year’s national winner of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. The team presented a solution called Real Drip, a device that reduces the risk of blood clot or deep vein thrombosis.

Team TREP is made up of two Engineering Undergraduates of FUTA; Taofeek Olalekan Afeez and Alayande Abdulwaheed Abiola. They emerged winners after a pitching session alongside other students from other Nigerian higher institutions of learning at the Microsoft Office in Lagos at the weekend.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Akin Banuso, the General Manager at Microsoft Nigeria, told the audience 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.

Banuso also explained that through Imagine Cup, the world’s young, aspiring entrepreneurs and developers are able to collaborate to build technology applications, create a business plans and gain a keen understanding of what is needed to bring a concept to market. He added that in a cloud-first, mobile-first world, creators and makers must work together to create a cloud for global good.

Real Drip

Real drip is the solution proffered by Team TREP. The device monitors the rate at which intravenous fluid drops (flow rate) and notifies the medical staff on duty in real time. The solution helps for the timely removal of intravenous needle to prevent back flow of blood which may lead to pulmonary embolism.

As national champions from the Nigerian team, TREP will now proceed to the second round of the competition and if successful, will qualify to compete at the global finals taking place in Redmond, Seattle this July. The competition is reputed for being the biggest software competition for undergraduates in the world.

About Microsoft Imagine Cup Nigeria

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. The competition is one of the few undergraduate competitions that has birthed a lot of start-ups in the country, while also helping to bridge the unemployment gap.

This is the 16th edition of the competition in Nigeria. The brand has engaged directly with over +50k students across the six-geopolitical zones in the country. Nigeria Teams, year-on-year, go as far as representing the region for the same number of times at the world finals.

The competition is segmented into three rounds; the national finals which is round one, regional finals which is round two and the world finals which is round three. The final submissions from all participating countries in round one, will be entered into in round two, while the regional finals through an online submission, is decided by an independent panel.

Finalists from round two win an all-expenses paid trip to the world finals for the title of World Champion, with up to $100,000 cash prize and the chance to take home the Imagine Cup.

How to Participate

To participate for the Microsoft Imagine Nigeria contest, create or join a team of up to three eligible students. Together, make an original technology project from start to finish. Then submit the solution when a call is made on their website.

We, at TechNext, wish Team TREP all the best as they advance to the next round of the competition.


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