Tunisia And Nigeria Makes Africa Proud In The Microsoft Imagine Cup



Night Watch, a team of student innovators from Tunisia, have secured US$10,000 in the first final round of Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s premier global student technology competition.

Night Watch, which developed Smart Hand, a prosthetic smart hand for those who have lost one or more limbs, was selected for the finals of the event, alongside 3 other teams of student innovators from Africa, after scaling the semi-finals.

Night Watch and Nigeria’s The Humane Team competed in the World Citizenship category of the competition for a chance to emerge top and go on the final round of the Finals.

Although Team Nigeria from  Obafemi  Awolowo University, OAU,  Ile-Ife did not advance to  World Championship round  despite their impressive outing, the good news is that they were among the 8 teams nominated for Ability award.  Good news is that Nigeria is the only country from West Africa flying the region’s flag here in the United States of America. This is a positive signal that software Nigeria can compete globally if given the opportunity.

After their presentations to a global panel of MVPs, industry experts and Microsoft staff, both teams missed out on the top spot in the category, as such they couldn’t move on to the final round.

Night Watch did come second in the category however, and won the US$10,000 on offer.

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Touted as the world’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup brings together young innovators from across the world to help resolve some of the world’s toughest challenges.

Started in 2003, it has steadily grown in size, with more than 358,000 competitors representing 183 countries and regions in 2011.

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