Two engineering students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Taofeek Afeez and Alayande Abiola have emerged winners of the 2018 Imagine Cup national finals.

Imagine Cup, an annual competition sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, brings together student-developers to help resolve some world’s toughest challenges.

It is considered the ‘Olympics of technology’ by computer science and engineering students. It is one of the top competitions related to technology and software design.

All Imagine Cup competitors create projects that address the Imagine Cup theme: ‘Imagine a World Where Technology Helps Solve the Toughest Problems’.

Seven ideas were selected from all entries received in Nigeria. The winner will go on to compete in the Middle East & Africa finals.

The two undergraduates of physics electronics and electrical electronics, who jointly formed TEAM TREP, presented a solution called Real Drip – a device that reduces the risk of blood clot or deep vein thrombosis.

The non-invasive device monitors the flow of intravenous fluid during intravenous treatment and the rate at which intravenous fluid drops (flow rate), and notifies medical staff in real time.

It ensures timely removal of intravenous needle to prevent back flow of blood which may lead to pulmonary embolism if necessary action is not taken in time.

Akin Banuso, general manager, Microsoft Nigeria, said, “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.

“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.

“In a cloud-first, mobile-first world, creators and makers must work together to create a cloud for global good”.



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