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!
|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|
|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|
|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.
Imagine Cup Competition Manager