Thirty-three Imagine Cup World Finalist teams arrived in Seattle on Monday filled with hope and determination. They would face a trial by fire of perfecting their demos and sharpening their pitches in preparation for a fierce competition on Wednesday.
Now, at last, after many nail-biting hours, the wait is over. Join us in congratulating the best of the best! Meet your 2015 Imagine Cup winners in the Games, Innovation and World Citizenship categories!
2nd Place: Mozter, Singapore: $10,000
3rd Place: Prognosis, Greece: $5,000
2nd Place: NoObs, Azerbaijan: $10,000
3rd Place: Siymb, United Kingdom: $5,000
2nd Place: Kuality Games, Netherlands: $10,000
3rd Place: Thief, China: $5,000
World Citizenship: Virtual Dementia Experience from Australia
The Virtual Dementia Experience (VDE) simulates the effects of aging and dementia in a virtual environment, so that cognitively intact people can gain an appreciation of the issues confronting people with dementia.
Innovation: eFitFashion, Brazil
The project “Clothes For Me” is an online marketplace developed to sell custom made and tailored clothes in a simpler way. The goal is to increase the development of the ePMG software, which generates patterns of clothes automatically, based on the user’s measurements. That way, everyone can find clothes that fit perfectly, no matter what type of body they have. The team aims to connect customers, seamstresses and clothing firms all over the world, offering them a channel to get in touch with reliability and security.
Games: IzHard, Russia
OVIVO is a 2D puzzle-platformer. The game world is divided into black and white spaces. With the ability to transit from one color zone to another, the player-controlled character penetrates through the environment’s contours and overcomes obstacles.
This year, a special award was added to the competition, the Microsoft Imagine Cup “Ability Award.” This award celebrates the student team that demonstrates innovation with the potential to drive a more accessible and inclusive workplace and world. In addition to the title, the winners will be given the opportunity to come back to Redmond for an “Ability Bootcamp” – spending time with experts in disability, accessibility and inclusive design from across Microsoft, refining their project and getting invaluable insight.
Team Prognosis from Greece takes home the Ability Award. Prognosis proposes an intelligent ICT-based approach for early Parkinson’s disease detection and early intervention in older adults’ everyday life, promoting active and healthy aging by introducing new ways of health self-managing tools, set within a collaborative care context with health professionals.
The awards ceremony also bestowed the title of Microsoft Student Partner of the year to Jason Chee of Singapore. The MSP of the Year Award honors the student partner who exhibits advanced technical skills, the quality of the apps they’ve created and the events they’ve organized to reach students in their country. Jason not only receives this prestigious recognition, but he also wins $2,000. Congrats to Jason! You can follow Jason on Twitter at @ReignOfComputer.
It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of the 2015 Imagine Cup World Finals. The students who arrived bleary-eyed on Monday are not the same developers headed back to their countries tomorrow. They’ve received feedback from experts on how to improve their presentation – and this is where Imagine Cup stands out in a student’s path to entrepreneurship. As a recent competitor reminded us all, no other technology competition focuses so much on the real-life business aspect of potential apps and games. At Imagine Cup, students turn into entrepreneurs almost without realizing it.
For Team Virtual Dementia Experience, Team eFitFashion and Team IzHard, the journey continues to the World Championship round, where they will vie for the ultimate prize. For this final round, we have lined up a new, spectacular trio of judges: Thomas Middleditch, star of HBO’s “Silicon Valley”; Alex Kipman, Inventor of HoloLens; and Jens Bergensten, Lead Developer of Minecraft.
Be sure to tune into the live webcast of the Imagine Cup World Championship at noon PT on Friday to find out who Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will crown the next champion.