Meet the 2016 Imagine Cup World Finalists!


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At Microsoft, nothing embodies the spirit of student innovation more than the Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s premier global student technology competition. Year in and year out, these young developers never cease to amaze me with their inspiring and creative ideas as they attempt to mold the world around them through the power of technology.

This year is no different. Today, I am pleased to announce the 35 teams that will bring their unique visions for the future to Seattle to compete in the Imagine Cup World Finals from July 26 – 29.

The journey to the Imagine Cup World Finals started way back in August, when students began forming their teams at schools all across the globe. Since then, they have poured their hearts and souls into their solutions and competed in dozens of National Finals, taking great projects from just an idea to competition-grade execution.

To get to this point, more than 150 top teams from National Finals events went on to our World Semifinals, where they were judged by a global panel of MVPs, industry experts and Microsoft staff. Our judges were asked to select only the best, most compelling projects from teams vying to move on to the World Finals, the final stage of the competition. At the World Finals, the remaining teams will compete to be crowned as the champions in their respective categories and the chance to win $50,000. Then, one team will go on to win the coveted Imagine Cup and the grand prize, a private mentoring session with our CEO, Satya Nadella.

The ingenuity of this year’s World Finalist teams is impressive. From incredible game concepts, to life-saving devices, to solutions that could revolutionize the way we do business – no one will leave Imagine Cup untouched or uninspired by these ideas by the time the competition is over and a new champion is chosen.

So, lets meet the World Finalist teams coming to Seattle!

Games

Team Name Country Project Name & Description
None Developers Indonesia Froggy and the Pesticide: Puzzle game designed to instill environmental awareness
PH21 Thailand Timelie: Stealth puzzle game with unique gameplay
Tower Up Brazil Sonho de Jequi: Game where the object is to collect as much water as possible
Vanguards Bahrain Apollo X: Horror game that uses virtual reality, biofeedback technology and a mobile phone
Digital Interactive Games South Africa Of Dragon and Sheep: 3D game where the hero saves sheep from dragons
Shooting Star Studios Spain The Void: Game where players must fight their fears to move forward
Infinite Pizza Russia Partycles: Action-puzzle game designed to teach elementary particles and nuclear physics
Studio Attic Korea Attic over Attic: Action game for kids aged 8-13
Sapient United Kingdom HexWorld: 3D adventure game featuring an interactive world

Innovation

Team Name Country Project Name & Description
Black.ai Australia Ani: Computer vision and machine learning system that enables living spaces to react to how we use them
Clove New Zealand Clove: Online platform that connects consumers to home-chefs so they can access healthy food at take-out convenience
Bit Masters Sri Lanka AM Plus: Low-cost, easy-to-use, intelligent digital signage platform
ENTy Romania ENTy: Medical solution that tracks balance and posture
Octave France Octave: New, intuitive solution for learning to play piano
KinectGarten Hong Kong SAR KinectGarten: App to help students do homework using interactive games
Axe Julius India Streamer: App that distributes eBooks in a new and innovative way
Biomachine Industrial Japan Bionic Scope: Wearable device for visual extension triggered by bioelectrical signal
ImeiDB Guatemala ImeiDB: App designed to help fight cell phone theft
Basilisk Tunisia ProtectMe: Device designed to help patients monitor diabetes
Ladybug Turkey AnalytiKids: Robot designed to help kids learn math and programming basics
Healthx United States Healthx: Solution designed to help doctors and patients diagnose amblyopia
Dark Side Ducks Italy Moon Slice: Game controller designed for people with motor impairments

 

World Citizenship

Team  Name Country Project Name & description
Yuuy Singapore Social Robot-Ruth: Robot designed to assist seniors with medications, appointments and entertainment
Home Guardians Croatia Juvo: Solution leveraging smart sensors to make homes safer for children
DermaTrack Cyprus DermaTrack: Cloud-powered mobile platform with tools for skin lesion tracking and melanoma detection
AMANDA Greece AMANDA: Intelligent ICT-based approach for bullying detection and intervention
InSimu Hungary InSimu: Virtual reality app designed to improve the safe and correct medical diagnosis of patients
PSYLLOSOFT Poland MATIA: Mobile device designed to help sight impaired people navigate their surroundings
BoneyCare China BoneyCare: Cloud-powered app designed to treat speech impairments such as stuttering
VRMotion Germany VRMotion: App designed to help stroke patients recover motor skills
Another Team Ecuador BrailLearn: App that enables sighted and blind people to communicate
Eyeus Mexico dEYEgnostico: App designed to provide medical diagnoses by scanning the human eye
The Humane Team Nigeria Humane Team: App designed to help visually impaired navigate smartphones
Night’s Watch Tunisia Smart Hand: Prosthetic smart hand for those who have lost one or more limbs
iShoo Taiwan Asthma Keeper: Wearable spirometer and app for asthma patients

 

I never stop being awed by the forward-thinking and unique solutions that a fresh, young perspective can bring to the technology industry. These developers are poised to do great things, and I for one can’t wait to see what the future holds!

My sincerest congratulations and thanks to all the students who started on this amazing journey all those months ago, and, to all the World Finalist teams, I wish you good luck!

With all the impressive student innovation on display, this year’s Imagine Cup World Finals will be chock full of excitement. Be sure to tune into the Imagine Cup Awards Ceremony and World Championship livestream at 9 a.m. PT on July 29 to catch all the action and root for your favorite team.

Pablo Veramendi
Imagine Cup Competition Manager

Comments (6)

  1. Jorge says:

    Wow!!! I'm a finalist!! and I'm in the photos, great!, I'm really excited about this competition

  2. Kingsley says:

    #Goteamhimame...govictorshoaga

  3. Kingsley says:

    #Goteamhumame...govictorshoaga

  4. agus santoso says:

    wowww, Indonesia participated in the race, hopefully a team Indonesia so the best of the best.amin

  5. jay-jay says:

    Go teamhumane.......prayers for you guys!!!!

  6. congratulations for all champions.

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