Collins Omwenga, Paul Mutie, Somboriot Kipchillat and their mentor Calvin Kebati are the winners of Kenya Country Finals Imagine Cup 2013.
Dubbed ‘TEAM PI CRAFT’, the team represented Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a project called Protégé.
In their presentation, the team exhibited an application called Protégé which seeks to support the process of giving donations to children’s homes and other charitable organizations across the world.
The application creates a support mechanism that allows children homes and rehabilitation centres to receive donations of any kind through an open accountable system based on Windows Azure cloud services, Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
The application, which will be free for download later in the year on the Microsoft store, will allow people to search for children homes in any region of the world, view their donation request, send donations and even virtually adopt a child.
A donor will be able to receive automatic updates on the progress of the projects he or she has donated to, through live notifications.
Donations that can be sent via this application range from financial payments through mobile money transfer platforms such as M-pesa to clothes, food, stationary, building equipment, toiletries and even volunteer time.
The award accords them an opportunity to travel to Russia in July this year and represent Kenya at the worldwide Imagine Cup finals. ‘TEAM PI CRAFT’ also got a Microsoft trophy and individual certificates.
During the same competition, another JKUAT team, ‘TechMusket’ comprising of Ernest John Ndung’u, Stephen Kamau, Brian Kihara and Michael Ichangai scooped the 3rd Runners up for their project called ShapeUp.
With this award, each team member received a certificate and a Nokia Lumia 520 mobile phone.
The competition was organized under the auspices of Microsoft East & Southern Africa.