South Africa’s coolest student software projects

The Microsoft Imagine Cup South Africa leg finals will take place at the CSIR on 26 April, where 15 teams will battle for top honours.

Imagine Cup is an annual competition sponsored by Microsoft, and asks young technologists to help resolve some of the world’s toughest challenges.

Imagine Cup competitors create projects that address the Imagine Cup theme: “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”.

Teams compete in one of three categories: Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship. The top South African team in each category will compete in an online-submission World Semi-final in May, for a chance to participate at the World Finals in Redmond, Washington in July 2016.

The South African leg of the Imagine Cup is open to all universities, and the University of Johannesburg excelled – with 8 of the top 15 teams.

Here are the 8 teams from the University of Johannesburg, with their project pitches, which aim to win the competition.

Team BITSplease – DIY dream computer builder

BITSplease is an elite, innovative computer-building site. With an interactive DIY building interface, we provide “drag-and-drop”, step-by-step functionality that will allow users of any age and PC knowledge to build their own custom, dream computer.

Each of our products include a detailed description, compatibility checks, benchmark tests, a user chat, and a visual of what the user’s final product would look like.


Team Forensic – Voice stress can tell the truth

To date, the most common tool for detecting deception has been the polygraph. This can be costly and requires a lot of expertise and training.

Voice Stress Analysis takes audio recordings and performs an analysis based on the frequency and pitch and determines whether the speaker is lying or telling the truth.


Team Kodea – Minibus taxis for novices

For the commuter on the move who believes that saving money is a must.

Pinglo is a mobile application that aids in simplifying South Africa’s unique public transport system – the minibus taxi. Users who have never used this type of transport will be guided on how to do so.


Team MealMe – Caveman cash feeds hungry students

Money in exchange for goods. The way cavemen did it.

Entering this century is lighter without the burden of physical cash, so we let you buy food vouchers that can be redeemed at any physical (affiliated) store within the UJ Student Centre. Cool things happen once you sign up, whether you are a student or a store.


Team Unerazz – Clever drones to find lost people

UAVSim seeks to evolve control systems for drones in the search and rescue domain.

These control systems are evolved through the use of Gene Expression Programming – owing to the lowered computational overhead associated with a decrease in the search space, and are comprised of decision trees representing the drone’s behaviour.

UAVSim seeks to develop the complex behaviours that guide the drones in the search for objects of interest within a variety of simulated environments.


Team Targarian Technologies – Houston, we have an emergency

Our project is an emergency management system which enables a civilian to report an emergency with a click of a button.

It will send your details together with your location and the operator at a control room will acknowledge that you have reported an emergency and send you a reference number.

Our system caters for deaf-mute individuals. A driver app will then help a driver with routes and also provide an estimated time of arrival.

Targarian Technologies

Team Kriterion – Forward to tender transparency

Eprok offers a way to streamline the tender procurement system, improve communication between contractors and the government, and provide project owners an informative and definitive basis for making decisions on who to award a tender to.


Team Novo Visio – Matchmaking homes and humans

If you’re starting a family, don’t you worry about how child-friendly your home is? We have made a system that addresses property management, improving the way users search for homes.

Introducing project Pad Nav.

Because a home is about more than the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and garages. And we make life easier for real estate agents too.

Novo Visio

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