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Review of 2019

Ubenwa Receives Social Entrepreneurship Awards

We are excited to announce that Ubenwa is one of only 35 ventures selected among over 2600 entrants to participate in the MIT Solve 2020-2021 social entrepreneurship program. As a Solver team in the Maternal and Newborn Health Challenge, we were awarded a grant of $10k USD.
Review of 2019

A Review of 2019

Ubenwa's journey of building clinically-backed, low-cost diagnostic tools for newborns is a long one! Last year we received ethics board approval to launch our clinical trial in Nigeria and Canada. We are now gathering the largest database of clinically-annotated infant cries with real patients. As we begin the new year, we would like to share some of the major milestones of 2019 and our plans for 2020.
WHO Top 30 Africa Health Innovators

WHO Top 30 Africa Health Innovators

Ubenwa Health was recognized by the World Health Organisation as one of top 30 healthcare innovators emerging from Africa.
A Review of 2018

A Review of 2018

At Ubenwa, we set for ourselves the task of addressing the problem of perinatal asphyxia - one of the top 3 causes of newborn mortality today. We are applying machine learning to detect this breathing deficiency using only the infant cry as input. This has enabled us to develop an extremely cost-effective tool - a smartphone app - that is accurate and fast. I encountered first-hand the problem of asphyxia during the years I spent volunteering with Enactus and Fisher Foundation in Nigeria. The journey to develop, test and clinically validate Ubenwa has been exciting but difficult most of the time, with many lessons learned. I would like to take the chance of a new year to look back, reflect on how far Ubenwa has come and take a peek at where we are headed.
Top 30 Teams in XPrize

Top 30 Teams in XPrize

Ubenwa is one of 30 teams that have qualified for the 3rd round of AI XPrize competition. [Update: The Ubenwa team voluntarily exited the AI XPrize as of June 6, 2019.]
TWiML Podcast

TWiML Podcast

This month, Ubenwa Founder Charles Onu gave a talk on the show - This Week in Machine Learning and AI (TWiML). You can listen here.
NIPS 2017 Presentation

NIPS 2017 Presentation

Unveiling of the Ubenwa mobile app at the Workshop on Machine Learning for the Developing World at NIPS 2017.
Pitches at Montreal AI Symposium and ITU Telecom World

Pitches at Montreal AI Symposium and ITU Telecom World

Charles presented Ubenwa at the Montreal AI Symposium. Watch here and Innocent pitched Ubenwa at ITU Telecom World in Busan, South Korea.
Exhibition at United Nations AI for Good Summit

Exhibition at United Nations AI for Good Summit

Ubenwa Health participated as exhibitors at the first United Nations AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva.
Best Paper Award at NIPS

Best Paper Award at NIPS

We presented early work on Ubenwa, receiving the best paper at Machine Learning for Healthcare (MLHC) workshop at Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) 2015 conference.