This year we partnered with five leading UK charities to work with the student teams to align real-world needs with top technical talent. A series of project briefs were made available to competitors, with four of the final six teams representing a charity partnership.
This year we saw an incredibly high standard of entries at the UK final which meant that the judge’s deliberations ran well over schedule – it was simply too hard to pick a top three!
The final winners were:
3rd Place - Instinctive Input – Hull University
Our third place team devised a cost effective eye tracking system using readily available webcams to allow severely handicapped people to control a PC
2nd Place – MindPoint – Leicester University
MindPoint created a multipoint application which could be used by teachers to deliver highly interact lessons to their students.
1st Place - The Olive Appreciation Society – Manchester University
In the end the ticket to the worldwide final went to team ‘The Olive Appreciation Society’ from Manchester University who built a system to help reunite refugees.
If that has whetted your appetite you're in luck because its not too late to compete in this year’s competition. Check out the Windows Phone 7 "Rockstar" Award where you build an application using Silverlight or XNA for Microsoft’s new phone platform.