Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 – Pakistan Regional Finals Results


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To provide proper context to our readers, on 4th & 5th April, we held Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 Regional Finals in Lahore, Karachi, Quetta & Peshawar with consent of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. A panel of skilled judges from academia and industry spent days in evaluating more than 130 competing teams from all-across Pakistan. After carefully going through scores given by judges and their comments, we now have visibility of the winning teams. However, before I declare the results of Regional Finals, it would be relevant to make a few important mentions.

Most importantly, our team was absolutely thrilled to see teams competing from universities that are located at remote locations. Not only that we found many projects from these remote locations but also that the quality of those projects was impressive.

A Review of our Judges

Also, a Big Thanks to our judges from each region for taking time out of their busy schedule and evaluating the brainchild of every competing team from every possible prospect before giving final scores. Our judges panel was very diversified and this post would be incomplete without honoring them individually.

Lahore

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Imran Javed Zia – Consultant Software Engineer – Systems Ltd. Ali Ayyaz  – Team Lead at UET Game Studio

 

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Kamran Shahid Butt – CTO – XGear Talal Zahid – Ex-Imagine Cup Competitor

 

Karachi

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Asad Memon – Technical Co-Founder Remote  Interview Adnan Ashraf – Senior Professor at MUET
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Sumair Hamza Baloch – Director /Founder CIC HUB Naveed Zafar – Production Head Digitonics

 

Peshawar

 

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Shahzad Syed – Project Manager – HalfByte Studios

 

Zafar Iqbal – Projects Coordinator – Abasyn University
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Laiq Hasan – Chairman of Computer engineering department – University of engineering and technology Peshawar

 

Farman Ali – CEO – Soft Chasers

 

 

Quetta

 

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Dr. Muhammad Nadeem – Assistant Professor/Chairperson, Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of ICT, BUITEMS

 

Muhammad Ali – CEO Black Hat Technologies Pakistan (PVT Limited)

 

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Junaid Khan – Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, BUITEMS

 

Dr. Junaid Baber, Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Baluchistan

 

 

Overall, we witnessed some crazy projects from websites to Augmented Reality based training simulators to HoloLens based games, Azure machine learning and Raspberry Pi integrations, new research based languages and development environments plugins. Covering 130 such projects is a tedious task so I intend to cover the details of the Regional Finals winning projects in a separate blog post.

Here are few pictures of the Regional Finals evaluations from different cities.

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A few important aspects need be considered relative to the declared results. The judges not only scored teams relative to the criterion and Q&A but also provided additional comments suggesting which teams or projects lag certain aspects or which areas make them considerable candidates. For example, a team didn’t have Microsoft Azure integrated as part of the system at the time of Regional evaluations but shown a proper integration plan till National Finals Evaluations that judges adhered to. Such observations were made by judges, additional questions were asked to clarify aspects and logged as part of their comments. Thus, the Regional Finals Winning teams are subject to judges given marks as well as remarks and do vary in count per region.

Without further ado, here are the winning teams from each region.

 

Lahore Regional Winners

Team Name Members
BreakingSilence Anum Khadija
Peace Champs Sarah Ahmad, Bisma Majeed, Memoona Rafique
Rcube Rida Ahmad, Rijja Asif, Rijjab
Virtual Reality Defence Training System Danial Butt, Muhammad Furqan Khan
InnovaTechs Aima Tariq, Amal Sultan, Mehak Fatima

 

 

Karachi Regional Winners

Team Name Members
AlphaSquad Asmaa nadeem, Rimsha khan, Insia mustafa
emonX Sami Qureshi, Malik A Tayyab, M Ilyas
Brain Busters Areeba Aftab, Mariyam Abdul latif
WonderTree Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Waqas
RK Loin Rehman, Kamran
Positive Zero Faraz Talpur, Inzimam Abbasi, Rizwan Munir
Knack Nerds Abdul Rahman, Superna Kumari
compareNshop Hassan Baig, Farwa Batool, Saneeya Naqwi
Team Ninja Asad
TicTac Muhammad Taha, Mubbasher Ahmed

 

 

Peshawar Regional Winners

Team Name Members
Explosion Zain Farooqi
NUST-PNEC Muhammad Zaid, Murad Abdullah, Syed Ali Roshan

 

 

Quetta Regional Winners

Team Name Members
Thaheer Team Azam Baloch
Victory United Nagina Nizam, rehana gul, Wardah Ahmed
Amicus Cube Abeera Habib, Hamxa Rehan, Malik Usama
IoT friends Sohail Ahmed
Markhor Developers Haroon Khan, Mohammad Haroon Hassan, Zeeshan AhmedKhan

 

Future Updates

My heartiest Congratulations to every single team who made it to the National Finals. The Imagine Cup Portal will be updated for these teams from 7th April till 12th April midnight Pakistan Time to resubmit their deliverables before proceeding to National Finals evaluations.

The teams are advised that during resubmission of deliverables, they take into consideration any feedback provided by judges after their pitches like improvement in communication skills or Microsoft Azure integration plan.

The venue, date/time and process of National Finals evaluations will be posted on this very blog so it is strongly advised that teams frequently keep checking the blog for updates. In case of any concern, please feel free to reach me out at v-usrehm@microsoft.com or dial at +92 321 504 8480.

Comments (1)

  1. Engr. Shaukat Ali says:

    Salam,
    Unfortunately our two teams (USTB STARS and USTB Falcons) from UST Bannu, KP have not been qualified in the Regional Finals, But being a Team Mentor, I am satisfied from the evaluation of judges. Also i feel happy that from this event my students have got a lot of experience and exposure that how to compete in such a great and world level competitions of Microsoft Imagine Cup-2017. Dear sir, Can you people tell us that our teams (USTB STARS and USTB Falcons) have got how many scores?

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