Students from Makerere University, Uganda have for the 4th Year running scooped the first position of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. The East and Central Africa Regional challenge was held in Nairobi on 9th May 2011 and Ugandan school came top. They are scheduled to represent the region at the Cup’s world stage in July 2011 in New York.
Think about this? With the almighty Kenya, Uganda has topped the region 4th straight year. That is a feat in the mobile and software ecosystem. Maybe the Kenyans are not developing in Windows or W.Mobile. Yet, give the Ugandans credit.
Four years is not a fluke and the school must really be good. Good enough, in recognition of school’s consistently excellent performance in the Imagine Cup, Microsoft has approved the establishment of a Microsoft Innovations Center at the Makerere University’s College of Computing and Information Sciences. The Center is scheduled to be launched in July 2011. The Innovations Center will accord CIT students as well as students from the entire University a conducive working environment to work on more innovations.
The Imagine Cup team competed in the software design category and their winning project CRIMEX is a desktop, mobile and web-based system that focuses on crime pattern analysis in developing countries. Kenyan students from Strathmore University, Kenya came in second and third with their projects dubbed “The Greenhouse Project” and a game focused on “universal education and gender equality”.
CRIMEX is a desktop, mobile and web based system that focuses on crime pattern analysis in developing countries. For business to thrive in a given area, it is important that the crime rate is low. Law enforcement and crime investigation units in East Africa are under-staffed with little or no experienced crime analysts. The crime departments resort to manual data analysis from field reports, and witness testimonies to predict patterns. CRIMEX provides a unique solution for law enforcers; ranging from crime pattern recognition to facial recognition capabilities and biometric analysis. CRIMEX can also be linked to international crime databases where need be. CRIMEX is in line with the 8th MDG i.e. a global partnership; particularly addressing the special needs of least developed countries. The rule of law in society is a key necessity in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals.