Thursday, June 4, 2009

Imagine Cup East and Southern Africa Semi-Finals

The Semi-Finals round for East and Southern Africa for Imagine Cup is being held right here in Kenya at the United states International University tomorrow. There will be teams participating from Kenya(17), Uganda(2), Tanzania(1), Ethiopia(1) and Rwanda(1).

The participants have projects in many different categories like Software Design , Embedded Development, Photography and Multi-point Education. For more details on the competition, find out here.

Finally some good news for the participants. We have an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) interested in hiring a good number of the best students who present their projects at the finals! This is your chance to secure employment at one of the major ISVs in the region. In order to be eligible for this, you will have to go to and register there, then complete your profile. The hiring company will use the information you enter here and your performance at the finals to select candidates for employment. This is an exciting opportunity for all of you!

Date: June 5th, 2009 (this Friday)
Venue: Kenya at the United States International University (USIU) – See the map on their site for directions: here
Time: From 9.00 am

PS: Dr. Bitange Ndemo, PS, Information and Communications Ministry + 250 Students will be in attendance. Dont miss out!

1 comment:

Obie said...

Imagine Cup East and Central Africa Winner were Team Eureka from Ethiopia

Team Members Full Names:
Gezahegn Fikadu, Salessawi Ferede, Tewodros Kidane


Title of Project:
Dolphin: The Portable Heart Monitor

Project Overview:
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), heart attacks (myocardial infractions) are the leading cause of death all over the world. A heart attack could occur suddenly and it requires immediate medical attention. If it is untreated for a sufficient period it can cause damage to the heart muscles and eventually leads to death. Our system tries to solve the problem by creating an infrastructure that enables heart patients to get emergency medical care right when they need it. In a nutshell what our system does is, monitors a person’s electrocardiograph (ECG) and detects a heart attack at its earliest stage. After detection occurs it automatically reads the patient’s location from the GPS receiver and transmits it to an emergency center via the telephone network, where emergency personnel can view the location and name of the patient on a map. All the patient has to do is put on three ‘stickers’ (sensor electrodes) on her chest which plug into a Windows Mobile device via a custom designed hardware which we built. On the Windows mobile device the signal processing software we designed will be running. Our system is composed of a data acquisition hardware, a software that runs on a mobile phone, and a client server system that runs at an emergency call center.

Technology/Software Used:
Visual Studio 2008, .NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework, ASP.NET Web Service, Windows Mobile SDK (including Microsoft FakeGPS helper), Windows Live SDK (Virtual Earth), and SQL Server Express