Kathmandu, March 30, 2018: Team “Sochware” from Nepal who had directly applied for online finals has qualified from South East Asia Finals along with Sri Lanka. They will be competing in APAC (Asia Pacific) finals which will be held from April 2nd to April 6th. Winning team/teams will attend the World Finals in July 2018.
Ms. Eeda Rijal from Nepal Engineering College, Mr. Shishir Shrestha from Madan Bhandari Memorial College and Mr. Milan Thapa from the College of Information Technology and Engineering are the team of the young mind in this innovation journey. They together formed a team and developed a startup to being in future technology for the development of the county. They have been working with the Internet of Things (IoT) projects integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for enhancement of agriculture sector based in Nepal.
The Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s annual global contest for teams of students; first competition started in 2003. The competition which is going to be held in 2018 is the 16th series which had an official start date of 24th of October 2017 which consist two rounds. First-round culminates in National Finals which will be held before 30th of April, 2018 or online finals will be held on May 31st, 2018 for those students in countries or regions that don’t hold in-person events.
The idea which the team Sochware have been developing to present in the biggest technology competition of the world is a platform for Farmers, Gardeners, and every plant lovers which helps to detect the pattern of diseases and suggest an appropriate mitigating method for the crops. This platform also connects people with agriculture, fertilizer, chemical and botanical experts and hence provides the solution to farmers for a healthy farm. They have used Azure services integrated with analytics for the advancement of the project.
There are several places and occasions that Nepal has been placing the records in the international competitions and marked the nations as emerging country in the field of technology. Last year the number of teams at the world finals was 54, representing 39 countries, in which Nepal succeeded to list itself in top 10.
As stated by Manager of Imagine Cup Competition, Mr. Pablo Veramendi last year, “Imagine Cup will be on the lookout for deep technology integration in fully formed apps, services and games with the potential to be viable in the commercial marketplace.” The requirement that every project should be developed to require Microsoft Azure which was introduced last year is being carried forward reflecting Microsoft’s emphasis on being a major provider of cloud services. Sochware is the team of three tech evangelist who brought this opportunity to build a solution to the nation and for the greater good of every citizen.
Nepal is the fertile ground and the main thing is almost two-thirds of the population is engaged in agriculture and with the belief of “healthy crop is a base of healthy food” which can be the solution for the healthy and happy world; they have been working hard to help farmers nurture their healthy farmland.
Witnessing students like them represent Nepal in the international platform in terms of technology is pride for the country itself. There are many issues around the nation so for the solution, we need to act, share and connect and link people for the betterment of the nation together.
Team Sochware have built a platform where people can connect share the knowledge and get expert advice for agriculture into their fingertip. Mobile technology is their base and Azure API or Platform is their backbone. The most important is they are a patriotic and they had built it for peoples of Nepal as well as for the people across the globe. Good wishes to the team to bring the Imagine Cup home.