Four students of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD)
have qualified for finals of this year’s edition of Imagine
Cup organized Microsoft Incorporation thereby putting the
five-year old institution on the world map again.
The race commenced with the competition among higher
institutions in Nigeria which ABUAD won to qualify for the
African Zone (Semi-finals) where it defeated higher
institutions in other African countries including Burkina
Faso, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, Angola, Algeria and
Morocco as well as Tunisia to qualify for the World finals.
This feat is predicated on the quartet’s invention of
Asthmavisor, a device for a more effective and efficient way
of managing Asthma, particularly among children.
For this rare invention, the students made up of three
Computer Science students and one Mechanical
Engineering student will be representing Nigeria and Africa
at the 33-nation finals of this year’s edition of Imagine Cup
slated for July 31, 2015 at the Microsoft Headquarters in
Seattle, United States of America.
The foursome of Adeyemo Oluwaseun Kayode, Raymond
Obinaju, Sobola Timilehin David, and Ahwin Kevin with a
joint passion for saving lives, has continually been seeking
to leverage on technology to make health care more
efficient, accessible and reliable particularly as it affects the
Imagine Cup is the most prestigious global student
technology program and competition that provides
opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up
and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of
technology to create applications, games and integrates
solutions that can change the way we live, work and play.
This is coming nine months after Mr. Emmanuel Adegbite, a
300 Level Student in the College of Medicine and Health
Sciences of the university wrote a thoroughly well-
researched scientific paper on the deadly Ebola Virus
Disease (EVD) that recently ravaged and traumatized the
country last year.
The ABUAD students qualified for the finals after
successfully identifying a major (health) problem and
proffering a novel solution using available technology,
scaling the preliminaries by defeating other contestants,
including Team Paradigm, the 2014 Image Cup Winner and
by defeating nine other countries (in the African Zone) at
the semi-finals to coast home to the finals.
The Team Lifewatch presentation (AsthmaVisor Solution)
consists of a Mobile Application operating alongside a
wearable device, which monitors and supervises asthmatic
patients’ health status, ensuring that they stay safe and well
informed of their environments.
It is a solution geared towards a more cost-effective and
efficient way of supervising asthmatic patients, especially
children. AsthmaVisor would be used around the globe in
all communities (rural and urban) where there are adults
and children alike who suffer from this disease.
The solution will help patients to be more conscious of
their environment and will provide a reminder of what
their physician has advised them to avoid.
The software also provides an automatic alert, which is
triggered by change in environmental condition as detected
by the sensors in the wearable. AsthmaVisor further helps
the patient alert a selected list of emergency contacts in
case he or she is not able to handle an attack.
Some of the benefits AsthmaVisor to Asthma patient
include Environmental awareness to situations that could
trigger an asthma attack, provision of helpful health tips
that could prolong the life of the patients and crucial
supervisory role-playing and monitoring as well as creating
avenue for patients to track their attacks and log crucial