Few months after winning the AkureTechHub competition, TREPLabs are back to winning ways with emerging national finalist at this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup.
The hardware startup run by two undergraduates of the Federal University of Technology Akure(FUTA), Alayande Abiola and Taofeek Afeez worked on a solution called Real-Drip–a device that helps to monitor the flow of intravenous fluid during intravenous treatment and notifies the medical staff in real time.
The non-invasive device helps to ensure the timely removal of intravenous needles to prevent a back flow of blood. The device also helps to reduce the risk of blood clot or deep vein thrombosis.
Chief Judge of the competition and Principal Azure Apps & Infrastructure Lead at Microsoft Nigeria, Mr Damola Solanke explained that the winning idea was assessed based on four key areas–Technology, Innovation, Concept and Feasibility. He commended the team for their solution and expressed optimism that more indigenous solutions will be produced to solve pressing needs as a country.
On his part, Abiola explained that the Imagine Cup is a great platform to help the team accelerate their dream and aspirations. “We are really excited because we started out with the drive to do something remarkable, we want to create hope and build devices that affects lifestyle and productivity”, he added.
“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.” -Taofeek Olalekan
Since 2003, Microsoft has provided a global platform for students to turn their dreams into reality via the Imagine Cup–the world’s premier student technology competition.
After winning the competition in Nigeria, TREP labs will join winners from all 29 participating countries in round 2-the regional final (Middle East and Africa)–through and online submission which will be adjudicated by an independent panel.
Finalists from round 2 will win an all-expenses paid trip to the World Finals taking pace in Redmond, Seattle, United States in July where they will compete with the best and brightest teams from across the globe for the highly coveted title of World Champion to win about $100,000 cash prize and a chance to take home the Imagine Cup.