JKUAT Student’s Team Tops Microsoft Hackathon

Jepchumba receiving the award/Picture Courtesy

JKUAT Business Innovation and Technology Management Student, Bethany Jepchumba and her team, emerged winners in the just concluded Game of Learners season two, sponsored by Microsoft Africa Development Center (ADC), Kenya.

Jepchumba’s team with their innovation christened Bloom-Learn came first in the competition beating 11 teams with 60 participants drawn from Kenya and Nigeria.

The objective of the Microsoft challenge held for five weeks virtually was to develop possible digital solutions that can aid Africa overcome serious bottlenecks facing education in the region.

Bloom-Learn is a unique digital platform with capabilities to link students and teachers across Africa digital in an attempt to achieve the set objective.

“The platform’s mission is to digitise education, ensuring that everyone has access to learning opportunities. Furthermore, the platform allows one to donate space and computers to students, allowing the less fortunate to benefit from digital learning,” said Jepchumba.

Other members of Jepchumba’s team were Joy Kathure of Dedan Kimathi University, Afandi Indiatsi of Strathmore University, Festus Idowu of Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and Fortune Adekogbe of University of Lagos, Nigeria.

The innovators will be awarded smartphones, one-year Azure credits, Azure Developer exam voucher, digital certificate, digital badge, a swag bag, one-on-one mentorship from preferred professionals and one year LinkedIn Learning voucher.

While announcing the winners at ADC virtual Open Day, the ADC Kenya, Managing Director, Mr. Jack Ngare congratulated all the participating teams and challenged them to continue improving on their different innovations until they can be commercially scalable.

 “It is exciting to see young people from across Africa coming together and being so enthusiastic about finding local digital solutions to some of Africa’s problems in areas such as education and health. At the ADC, we are committed to supporting these young innovators to develop some of their ideas to viable solutions,” said Mr. Ngare.

The Microsoft challenge is structured as a 5-week virtual hackathon comprised of weekly sprints where, at the end of the 5th week, all participating teams submit their final projects for judging.

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