Games you cannot turn off. Innovations you wonder how you ever lived without. Apps that save lives. That’s what the Imagine Cup is all about; helping young people see how the technology they create can not only shape their own futures, but can directly improve the lives of users.
Introducing the 2015 Imagine Cup Online Finals champions! Online finalists come from countries that do not host an Imagine Cup National Finals round. These six talented teams will proceed to compete head-to-head against the Imagine Cup National Finals winners at the World Semi-Finals, which are held online.
But the road doesn’t end there. The next round of winners will show off their hard work in Seattle at the Imagine Cup World Finals in July. One team each from Games, Innovation and World Citizenship categories will be crowned Imagine Cup champions, and will attend a boot camp– one team will meet face-to-face with Satya Nadella! Good luck to all and congratulations to our Online Finals champions!
Meet the winners!
“Cuddle me to sleep” by WarmMilk, Ukraine
Tormented by nightmares he cannot escape, a young boy must find his way out of the dream. But be careful; this fairy-tale world and its inhabitants are not always what they seem.
Team WarmMilk is Vladislav Vayvod, Andrey Leschinin, and Alex Katsal from Ukraine.
“Bounce 'em Up” by Kuality Games, Netherlands
Created at a Game Jam, “Bounce ‘em Up”seeks to give users a physics-based, arcade style, multiplayer action game. Bounce, shoot and destroy your opponent in this fun, competitive game. Get ready to get addicted.
Kuality Games is Tim Schoonman, Developer; Luka Kvirikashvili, Developer; Jennita Joosse, Visual Artist. They are first-year students enrolled at Breda University of Applied Sciences in Netherlands, all studying International Game Architecture and Design.
Tap & Go by Tap & Go, Venezuela
Tap & Go seeks to answer the question, “How can we reduce the number of cars on the road?” The answer? Make ridesharing efficient and easy using social networking. Using Facebook data, users can find local friends with which to share rides.
Team Tap & Go is Alfonso Bravo and Yeferson Garcia, two Microsoft Student Partners from Venezuela.
CloudCar by Desdenova, Turkey
What if you could predict car breakdowns in advance? By connecting automobile sensors to Azure cloud services, CloudCar wants to collect and make use of automobile data in real-time. This data will inform users of potential breakdowns as well as minimize maintenance costs.
Team CloudCar is Kanber Demir, Sezgin Ege, Yavuz Gedik and Hasret Soysal, four Microsoft Student Partners from four different universities in Turkey.
World Citizenship Competition
Rapid Response by Rapid Response, Ireland
In an effort to reduce response time and save lives, Rapid Response connects accident victims and witnesses to the emergency responders already enroute. Using a smartphone, users can simply tap the screen three times to open a connection and send real-time images, video footage and exact GPS locations.
Team Rapid Response is Brendan Flaherty, Jason Nelligan and Andy Lynch, three second-year Multimedia students at the Cork Institute of Technology in Cork, Ireland.
BreastIT by Team Hyphen, Uganda
To aid in the early detection and prevention of breast cancer, the BreastIT app uses an ultrasound glove to assist women in performing breast self-examinations. After the scan, an image of the inner parts of the breast appears on a smart phone and is instantly analyzed for cancerous lumps.
Team Hyphen is Lwangwa Mwesigwa, Kabwama Alvin, Moris Atwine and Brian Gitta, four students attending Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
We look forward to watching these apps and teams develop and compete again in the World Semifinals, concluding at the end of May. The winners advancing on to the World Finals in Seattle will be announced the first week of June. Follow all the exciting action on ImagineCup.com and on Twitter at @MSFTImagine.