So who won this year’s 2014 Canadian Imagine cup? Some amazing students with some amazing ideas!
Congratulations to all the teams who participated in this year’s Imagine Cup Canada. Thanks to our great sponsors at intel, the members of each winning team will receive one of the latest 2-in-1 touch enabled PCs.
Today, great games come from anywhere and people play them everywhere. On their phones, on their computers, on their tablets, in their browser, with their friends, with anyone, with everyone. Powerful game engines and libraries are available for free so students can get started right away. There’s really never been a better time to make the next great game.
Congratulations to Team World Painters from the University of Calgary! Their project Funiverse is an amazing educational game that leverages Occulus Rift technology to immerse the player in a virtual reality. The members of Team World Painters are: Alper Aksac, Gabriela Jurca, Omar Addam, Omar Zaarour and their mentor Dr Reda Alhajj. You can see a video showing their project here.
World Citizenship Category
Since Imagine Cup started in 2003, students all over the world have teamed up to make the world a better place. By creating impressive new technology projects in fields such as health, education, and the environment these students have shown the world new ways to think and to change. The World Citizenship category challenges students to find a problem in the world, in your own life or community, that affects many people, and then work to solve it.
Congratulations to Team Marianopolis Brainstorm from Marianopolis college! Their project Mass Assaying Relaying Inquiring Survey Apparatus (MARISA) uses Kinect technology to help triage and evaluate disaster sites. The members of team Marianopolis Brainstorm are Mansib Rahman and mentor Elly Su. You can see a video showcasing their project here.
Incredible, world-changing software innovations often come from students. Social networks, music services, digital photography apps, gadgets and robotics – the list goes on. In the innovation category we are looking for the next big thing!
Congratulations to team claVision from University of Lethbridge! Their project claVision finds a new way to solve an old problem. They have developed software to do visual automatic transcription of piano music. The members of team claVision are Mohammad Akbari, Hossein Naseri and mentor Howard Cheng. You can see a short demonstration of their software here.
What happens next?
Each of these teams is now preparing for the World Semifinals. During this round, one of these three amazing teams will be selected to represent Canada at the Imagine Cup 2014 Worldwide Finals this July in Seattle, Washington. At the worldwide finals they will compete for the coveted Imagine Cup trophy, up to $50,000 USD in prizes and a chance to meet Bill Gates!
Other notable accomplishments by Canada in Imagine Cup
I also wanted to highlight a couple of other great performances on the world stage by Canadians in the 2014 Imagine Cup!
Pitch Video Challenge – Honourable Mention
In September we asked students to dream up their next great Imagine Cup project and pitch it to us in a short video. We received submissions from around the world!
Congratulations to team SocialDocTeam from Canada who earned an honourable mention for the pitch for their project Documentaries for Change in the Pitch Video challenge for World Citizenship.
Project Blueprint Challenge – Honourable Mention
Hundreds of teams of students from dozens of countries around the world competed in this contest. Each team took a long, hard look at their Imagine Cup project and produced a document that really spelled out what they were making: their concept, target audience, early feedback they've received, competitors, user personas, top user stories, business model, and core technologies.
Congratulations to team Marianopolis Brainstorm who earned an honourable mention in the Project Blueprint challenge for Innovation.