Taofeek Olalekan Afeez and Alayande Abdulwaheed Abiola of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) have won the Microsoft Nigeria Imagine Cup after inventing a device that they say reduces the risk of blood clot or deep vein thrombosis, the innovation was presented to the public at an event held at the Microsoft office in Lagos.
The students are of Physics Electronics & Electrical Electronics, they formed Team TREP which invented an Internet of Things (IoT) solution called Real Drip. They will be representing Nigeria at the regional finals of the biggest software competition for undergraduates in the world.
Akin Banuso, Microsoft Nigeria General Manager said “Through Imagine Cup, the world’s young, aspiring entrepreneurs and developers collaborate to build a technology application, create a business plan and gain a keen understanding of what is needed to bring a concept to market.”
Team TREP leader Taofeek Olalekan Afeez said “We are excited about this win. We would like to thank Microsoft for this opportunity. We look forward to competing at the global stage and do our country proud.”
The Chief Judge of the competition, Mr Damola Solanke said, “Their idea was well articulated and we look forward to seeing more home-grown solutions to our pressing needs as a country.”
The finalist from Nigeria and 28 other countries will proceed to the Round 2 which is at the regional level through an online submission. Finalists from this will win an all-expense paid trip to the World Finals taking place in Redmond, Seattle in United States in July.
They will then compete with others to win the World Champion and $100,000 cash prize, and a chance to take home the Imagine Cup.