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The Microsoft Game of Learners (GOL) hackathon has at long last reached a conclusion. This was a multi week-long virtual activity comprised of a gamified learning program created by the Africa Development Center (ADC). The hackathon was held weekly and toward the end of the fifth week every participants presented their last activities for judging.

Named RemD (short short for Remote Doctor), the application was created by five understudies from Dedan Kimathi, Multimedia, Strathmore and Mt Kenya colleges

The primary goal of the program was to engage the students to create effective criterias that can help address a portion of Africa’s and the world’s difficulties. There were 19 volunteers from ADC and Microsoft Global Sales and Marketing office to prepare, mentor the students all through the 5-week engagement and judge each group’s last undertaking accommodation.

At the end , health based application, RemD, emerged winners of the Game of Learners (GOL) competition supported by Microsoft’s Africa Development Center (ADC).

RemD uses technology to make available a set of tools and services that aim to bring health care services to a user or an organization. Through the app, a user requests for consultation services selecting whether they would like consultation with either a general physician, a psychiatrist, or a paediatrician. They then receive a message from the bot to begin triage where all the symptoms are recorded. After the triage, the bot sends all the information recorded to the doctor on the App. The doctor continues the conversation with a user via SMS. If the doctor deems it necessary, an in-person appointment can be set up.

“Any user seeking medical services can access our services through the mobile app or the USSD App. While the doctor on the other end can interact with these users using the windows app,” explains the RemD team leader, Joshua Ndemenge

The African Development Center Managing Director Jack Ngare thanked all the 25 participants taking note of that a portion of the entries introduced had huge potential for commercialisation and Microsoft was happy to help them accomplish that fantasy. Aside from RemD, different tasks submitted included Tribore, MediChap, Mizizi and Motion, all displaying different answers for profit medicinal services arrangements by means of various innovation stages.

“We are so keen on enabling the next generation of great African engineers and innovators that will not only benefit Microsoft, but the entire ecosystem as well,” Ngare said

All participants were equipped with:

  • Solar panel with battery and inverter
  • MiFi device loaded with data bundles
  • LinkedIn Learning vouchers
  • Azure Fundamentals exam vouchers
  • DevOps and agile practices training
  • 1-year Azure credits
  • Digital certificate and digital badge for participation

Every member of of the winning team will be rewarded with:

  • Additional 1-year Azure credits
  • Additional 1-year LinkedIn Learning vouchers
  • Digital certificate and digital badge for winning
  • One on one mentorship from preferred Microsoft professionals