BreastIT app by Makerere Students among the top 6 finalists at Microsoft’s 2015 Imagine Cup

The Hyphen team show off their Breast Cancer detection device

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is all about helping young people see how the technology they create can not only shape their own futures, but can directly improve the lives of users. Uganda has been fully represented yet again with a BreastIT app by four Makerere students who are among the top 6 finalists at Microsoft’s 2015 Imagine Cup according to Microsoft’s blog. The students showed off this app at last year’s ACIA awards and scooped an award as well.

To aid in the early detection and prevention of breast cancer, the BreastIT app uses an ultrasound glove to assist women in performing breast self-examinations. After the scan, an image of the inner parts of the breast appears on a smart phone and is instantly analyzed for cancerous lumps.

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Team Hyphen is a group of students from Makerere University, which include Lwangwa Mwesigwa, Kabwama Alvin, Moris Atwine and Brian Gitta. Some of these names look farmiliar especially if you have followed their early work with a malaria diagnosing app called Matibabu.

We look forward to watching these apps and teams develop and compete again in the World Semifinals, concluding at the end of May. The winners advancing on to the World Finals in Seattle will be announced the first week of June.