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.
|Imran Javed Zia - Consultant Software Engineer – Systems Ltd.||Ali Ayyaz - Team Lead at UET Game Studio
|Kamran Shahid Butt - CTO - XGear||Talal Zahid - Ex-Imagine Cup Competitor|
|Asad Memon - Technical Co-Founder Remote Interview||Adnan Ashraf - Senior Professor at MUET|
|Sumair Hamza Baloch - Director /Founder CIC HUB||Naveed Zafar - Production Head Digitonics|
Shahzad Syed – Project Manager – HalfByte Studios
|Zafar Iqbal – Projects Coordinator – Abasyn University|
Laiq Hasan – Chairman of Computer engineering department – University of engineering and technology Peshawar
Farman Ali – CEO – Soft Chasers
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.
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
|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
|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|
|TicTac||Muhammad Taha, Mubbasher Ahmed|
Peshawar Regional Winners
|NUST-PNEC||Muhammad Zaid, Murad Abdullah, Syed Ali Roshan|
Quetta Regional Winners
|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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or dial at +92 321 504 8480.