Ubenwa, meanwhile, is building an AI solution which helps to identify if a baby is suffering from perinatal asphyxia, which kills an estimated 900,000 babies each year.
Charles Onu is a member of the Ubenwa team.
“We are applying AI to develop technology for diagnosing asphyxia in newborns from their cry,” he says.
Asphyxia is one of the top three causes of infant mortality today and existing methods for diagnosis are too sophisticated for use within low-resource settings or for early detection.
“Ubenwa, deployed via mobile devices and wearables, will reduce the skill and cost required to diagnose the condition as well as make swift detection possible.”
Onu says D3 has supported him in numerous ways, including providing opportunities to develop and practice project pitches, as well as getting solid feedback from experts like those at Element AI.
“They are also helping us build our project plans for the competition, connecting us with potential funders and assisting with incorporation and legal services.”
Every Sunday afternoon, you’ll find D3’s Hervé and Swaine-Simon hard at work helping the 12 teams prepare their first submission to the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE.
Those who make the competition’s final cut will be announced on April 1.
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