The winning team of the 2014 Microsoft Kenya Imagine Cup, a student competition which centers on the use of imagination, creativity and technology to help solve some of the world's toughest problems, has been announced.
This year's winner is Team Africon from
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Commenting on their choice of the Windows Phone to develop their app, Peter Ombwa from Team Africon said "Windows Phone 8 provides an easy-to-use development framework, which makes it easier, quicker and more cost-effective to develop. It's definitely our platform of choice for future development," The application uses Microsoft Azure to store and query the data through Mobile Services.
As part of
This round allows all of these first-place teams to be celebrated on the Imagine Cup website so everyone can hear their stories, see their projects, and be inspired by their imagination and passion. World Semi-finalists will compete against each other in a global judging round to select the few teams invited to the World Finals - but every single World Semi-finalist team will be eligible for prizes including Imagine Cup's Visual Studio Online Boost, in which nine teams will receive
Other teams included BiDE Code that took second position and will also be participating in the semifinals. They developed an application called TeachSpace which focuses on making it easy to teach, makes content available and integrates deep sharing between teachers and students.
Team Momentum Core took third place with
"Each team that competed is deserving of the highest recognition for the creativity and imagination applied to some of the world's biggest challenges. We're proud to honour these young students who we believe truly exemplify the spirit of the Imagine Cup competition, and we will be cheering team Africon on as they compete on the world stage," said
This year, in keeping with the changes to the Imagine Cup competition, new contests have been added including the Pitch Video Challenge, which since September last year, has allowed students to submit a five minute video pitch for their project. The competition is also in the final weeks of the Project Blueprint Challenge, where teams take a deep dive into their thinking and prepare a ten-page document exploring their concept and creating user personas, top user stories, business models, and demonstrate how they have already sought and incorporated feedback from potential users. In
More than 1.65 million students across the globe have participated in Imagine Cup during the past decade, creating applications and games that address the world's toughest social problems. Last year, Team Code 8 from
Africon will join the brightest young minds to represent
@4Afrika is for innovation and affordable access to smart devices.
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