Team Matibabu Prize at the iSHOW competition in Kenya. (Photo Credit: Enstartup)
Team Matibabu Prize at the iSHOW competition in Kenya. (Photo Credit: Enstartup)

The team of graduates from Uganda, having won the extra USD$10,000 funding for their project after three-day public voting in the Fan’s Favorite category, and also become part of the iSHOW alumni network; a global community of hardware innovators with exclusive access to experts and resources, they’re now among the 9 finalists that are competing with other finalists from Ghana, Kenya, India, and the USA for the USD$500,000 seed funding.

The team (Matibabu) managed to set foot in the finalist after emerging winners at the iSHOW challenge that was held in Kenya, last week, challenging their competitors, where also Ghana’s Science Set and Kenya’s Sign.io emerged as 1st and 2nd Runner’s up respectively.

The three teams will pitch to a panel of judges in person and will receive product exposure, advice and technical insights. The 9 teams will win a share of USD$500,000 (roughly 1.8 billion UGX) in prizes – including an extensive design and engineering review by a panel of expert s and aslo join the ISHOW alumni network, a global community of hardware innovators with exclusive access to experts and resources.

Recap about Matibabu, is a Non-invasive diagnostic kit used to detect Malaria. The device uses a custom-made portable device called a matiscope, which is connected to a smartphone, to do a rapid diagnostic test. The user’s finger is inserted into the matiscope, and the application uses a red light to penetrate the skin and detect the red blood cells.