TechInAfrica – BreastIT, the Ugandan AI-powered diagnostic tool for breast anomalies, has made it to regional finals of the 2019 ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) held in Kenya. ASME ISHOW is a global competition for hardware-led ventures which focusing on the design and engineering journey of taking physical products to market.
The competition was opened in December 2018 and closed in February 2019. Recently, 8 regional finalists have been selected by a panel of judges. They will compete in the final phase and get the opportunity to win a grand prize of USD$30,000. Each of the three winners will share USD$10,000.
The eight finalists are SAYeTECH (Ghana); BreastIT (Uganda); E Tuk Tuk (Kenya); hearX Group (South Africa); Sesi Technologies Ltd (Ghana); Solar Freeze (Kenya); Safi Organics (Kenya); and Savanna Circuit Tech (Kenya).
The eight finalists will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges, including Dr. Kamau Gachigi, ED at Gearbox; Dr. Robert Karanja, Co-founder and CEO of Villgro Kenya; Dr. June Madete, Professor at Kenyatta University; Tom Odoyo, Product Development Engineer at Toyota Kenya Ltd.; and Sylvia Mukasa, Founder & CEO of GlobalX Innovation Labs. The final pitch is scheduled on May 9th, 2019.
Besides a grand prize of USD30,000, the three winning teams will also receive technical support and an invitation ticket to the ISHOW Bootcamp in New York.
In 2017, Uganda’s Matibu, a non-invasive diagnostic kit to detect was among the finalists of the ASME ISHOW challenge (which later won the challenge). In 2018, three Ugandan startups included as finalists of the competition, including Lumenda, Musana Carts, and PedalTap.
BreastIT uses real-time cloud processing with a quick and accurate analysis. Through the innovation, radiologists are able to take decisive action, refer patients quickly, optimize treatment course, and minimize the overall cost of the case using low-resource settings.