JKUAT Students Among Mozilla Africa Innovation Winners

From left: Sera Wanjiku Maina, June Linda Adhiambo and Daisy Bochaberi Momanyi

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology students were among the top prize winners in the just concluded Mozilla Africa Innovation Challenge.

The students, Daisy Bochaberi Momanyi (Telecommunication and Information Engineering) and her team comprising of Sera Wanjiku Maina (a recent Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate from JKUAT), Hope Kagame, (Computer Science student at Nairobi University) and June Linda Adhiambo, a Biomedical Engineering student at Kenyatta University,  won the prestigious Mozilla Innovation Challenge top prize with their innovation, Classify Me.

The team presented the ground breaking project, Classify Me, at the Nairobi Arboretum on  26th  and 27th June. The project aims to revolutionize the way high school students receive personalized course recommendations.

Classify Me, a unique course recommendation system, utilizes advanced algorithms and data analysis techniques to match high school students with suitable future careers.

Daisy’s team understood the significance of providing students with the right guidance to ensure their educational choices aligned with their interests and aspirations.

The winning team was awarded Ksh 500,000 from the one million prize money allocated to the student category.  An elated Daisy said, her team was a step closer to actualizing their vision for Classify Me.

She revealed that she he had an opportunity to attend panel discussions that covered various topics in the tech industry. It was during these sessions that she delved into the crucial realm of data security and policies. Recognizing the significance of this often-overlooked area, Daisy gained valuable knowledge that would be instrumental in ensuring the success of Classify Me.

Classify Me was more than just a project for our team. It is contribution to the world where education and career paths intersected harmoniously,” said Daisy.

Director, School of Computing and Information Technology, Dr. Michael Kimwele who attended the ceremony, was full of praise for his students.

“Our exceptional students have surpassed expectations, exhibiting remarkable ingenuity, determination and collaboration. It is my honor to commend each and every one of them for their unwavering commitment to pushing boundaries and creating solutions that address real- problems,” said Dr. Kimwele

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