Kenyan varsity students win 2021 Microsoft Imagine Cup

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Team REWEBA Imagine Cup Challenge
From left to right, Team REWEBA members Dharmik Karania, Jeet Gohil, Khushi Gupta, and Abdihamid Ali. PHOTO/COURTESY

Four students from the United States International University (USIU) are this year’s winners of the annual Microsoft Imagine Cup challenge.

The 19th edition of the Imagine Cup challenge brought together thousands of students from 163 countries across the globe to reimagine tech solutions that impact their communities. The projects are submitted in four social good categories – Earth, Education, Healthcare, and Lifestyle. Winners of each category were selected to pitch their projects at the World Championship during Microsoft Build for the chance to take home the 2021 trophy.  The top four teams then gave an in-depth presentation on their solutions, which were assessed for their technology, diversity, originality, and innovative design.

The four USIU students, Khushi Gupta, Jeet Gohil, Dharmik Karania, and Abdihamid Ali, emerged victorious with their solution dubbed REWEBA (Remote Well Baby), an IoT-based infant monitoring solution that remotely analyzes infant parameters during post-natal screening and serves as an early warning intervention system. The team won USD75,000, (approximately Ksh.8 million), a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and a USD50,000 (Ksh. 5.35 million) Microsoft Azure Grant.  

 “Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest under-5 mortality rate in the world. We can solve this problem using REWEBA, a remote infant monitoring system that can be used in marginalized areas thus giving everyone equal access to healthcare,” Team member Khushi Gupta said during the online awards ceremony.  

Ms. Gupta similarly stated the driving factor for the team’s solution was enabling equal access to healthcare services and saving infants from fatal diseases.

“Africa has the highest number of infant mortalities, highlighting the gap in healthcare services. REWEBA is the only remote healthcare solution that provides regular growth monitoring for infants from the comfort of the home, while also giving direct access to doctors for immediate intervention,” Gupta said. 

 Looking to the future, the team  hopes to enhance and scale their project to include additional infant screening factors and a postnatal screening device for mothers. The team would like to launch a start-up in Kenya to enable even better access to healthcare services in marginalized areas. 

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