NU SEDS students entered the top 10 at the global Google hackathon

Kazakhstan ReVita team with students from Nazarbayev University and KBTU advanced to the international top 10 of Google global hackathon” said Askar Aituov, coordinator of Google Developers for Central Asia and Mongolia.

Teams of students from all over the world take part in the annual Google Solution Challenge hackathon. The main condition is that the project proposed by the participants must somehow help in solving the problems identified by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The ReVita project was developed by Nazarbayev University students Dias Baimukhanov and Madiyar Moldabayev, as well as KBTU students Dinmukhamed Nuran and Ansar Serikbayev. The project was put forward by the Nazarbayev University Google Developers Club. The app was developed with the technical mentorship of two other NU students, Yernur Beisenbek and Temirlan Zaikenov. This is an app to help patients recover after organ transplantations. Moreover, it includes emotional support while overcoming difficult operation. “Many patients tend to think more about the physical aspects of the operation and healing, less about the emotional state. After the operation, there are a lot of issues with recovery process, someone is faced with organ rejection, others cannot control their emotional state. The state in which a person finds himself can be very important both for himself and for the people around him,” the authors of the project say. The project was tested with the support of the "Republican Center for the Coordination of Transplants and High-Tech Medical Services." Team showed the application to patients with the support of Zhanibek Uspanov, press secretary of the Transplant Center. Using the application, you can follow the schedule of taking medications, physical activity, and keep in touch with the doctor. The team plans to develop the project beyond the hackathon and add a wide range of AI-based functionality. To do this, they have already presented the project to several investors and are going to enter the market in the near future.

5 thousand teams from different countries applied for participation in this competition in 2023. Representatives of Japan, India, China, as well as participants from North America and Great Britain made their way to the top 100. In the entire history of the hackathon, this year alone, teams from Central Asia made it to the top 100. The entry of the Kazakh ReVita team into the international top 10 once again reinforces Kazakhstan in the global IT arena. “For the entire duration of the hackathon, teams from Kazakhstan have never even made it to the quarterfinals, let alone in the top 100, and even more so in the top 10,” the source explains.

A noteworthy fact: the ReVita team is the only one in this top ten representing a large region of Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

After a project gets into the top 100, Google provides mentors and teams start working on improving their product. They have a month to do this. The top ten are then selected from the finalists. There are a total of 25 criteria for this. The key ones are: the scale of the problem being solved, the number of UN sustainable development goals that the project meets, the efficiency of the program code, feedback from the first users. “If a team is in the top 10, it means that it managed to significantly improve the product in a month,” comments Askar Aituov.

The winners will receive a cash prize - from $1,000 to $4,000 (it will be issued in August), as well as access to technologies and Google mentors who will help “finish” the project to the stage of a scalable product.