Winners of the 2009 US Imagine Cup Microsoft Student Competition

Huge Congratulations to all the Imagine Cup participants and winners!  Here are your 2009 US Imagine Cup winners:

  • 1st Place:  Multi-Point Web ($8,000 trip to Cairo, Egypt for WW finals)
  • 2nd Place:  Mango Bunnies ($4,000)
  • 3rd Place:  Special Child ($3,000)
  • People’s Choice:  Aurora Borealis

Who are these teams making it to the top?  Here’s a summary of their projects and team members:

Multi-Point Web

The Project:  Our solution is to build upon existing education systems and proved a set of low to no cost web based learning activities that allow every child to participate with multiple mice on one computer, with limited available hardware resources and funding.

The Team: 

  • Jimmy Dickinson is a student at GSU University working towards his Masters in Information Systems. Jimmy plans to graduate in 2010 and writes mini games in his spare time in Flash and Silverlight and loves to travel.
  • Mark Dickinson is a college student at Portland Committee College majoring in Computer Science. In his spare time, Mark likes making custom game mods.
  • Luke Dickinson is a high school student at Tigard High School. In his spare time Luke has made some mini flash activities and would like to learn Silverlight.

Special Child

The Project: 

This project was chosen because the State of Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Children’s Services does not currently have a centralized database holding information for all children available for adoption in the custody of DHS. Case Workers for the Division of Child and Family Services are aware only of those children for whom they are personally responsible and perhaps others whose cases are handled within the same office. The pool of children available to parents wishing to adopt is limited to those known to the Case Worker assigned to the parents. In order to reach outside of this narrow collection of information a great deal of legwork is required on the part of the parents to contact DHS offices outside of their county of residence.

Special Child is dedicated to providing a quality product to our clients that not only assists and organizes the adoption process for our customers, but sees to it that every child awaiting adoption spends as little time waiting on a list as possible. The goal of the Special Child Adoption Services application is to put in place a centralized database as a location to store information about children in need of a permanent home and potential adoptive parents. Special Child’s design will provide quick access to shared information. Thus, the adoption process is handled efficiently and effectively.

The Special Child project brings together the 2009 Imagine Cup theme “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today” by utilizing technology in a way that resolves an issue yet to be addressed on the local level.

The Team: 

  • Joshua Thacker is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems at UALR
  • Sandy Callahan conceived the main idea of Special Child and is the overseer of the quality of the project.  She is a current graduate student at UALR. 
  • Shreyasi Dutta has been working on the technical aspects of this project. 
  • Tomica Seals is in her second year of graduate school at UALR and is pursuing a Master of Science in Management Information Systems. 

Mango Bunnies

The Project: 

The application, Computer-Assisted Medication Regimen Adherence (CAMRA), will assist people with complex medication regimens. CAMRA is targeted to HIV/AIDS patients and will be convenient and discreet. CAMRA is unique because it uses mobile technology and only requires a mobile device, something many people already own. There is no product on the market that leverages the portability and convenience of mobile devices to turn them into stand-alone health care products.

The Team: 

  • Ashley is a junior Computer Science major at DePauw University.
  • Erin ‘Ed’ Donahue is a senior Computer science major at DePauw University.
  • Malisa is a sophomore Computer Information and Technology major with a focus on web development at Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.

    Aurora Borealis

    The Project: 

    This proposal presents a cost-effective mobile health-care infrastructure that would address the needs of the expecting mothers and children in rural areas around the world. It, therefore, addresses two problems identified as Millennium Goals – maternal health and child health. The rural health infrastructure is inadequate or totally absent in developing and underdeveloped countries. The proposed solution deals with the challenge of inadequate infrastructure to ensure that medical help reaches the expecting mothers and infants in a timely manner. The solution requires global partnership for purchasing the components involved in operating the proposed business model. The core of the solution is a graphical expert system tailored for maternal and child health. The patient condition is captured through pictures and the system can be customized for any local language or dialect. The overall quality of life of the people living in rural areas can be improved by extending this system and adding the extra functionality for addressing other challenges like agricultural problems or combating AIDS/HIV.

    The Team: 

    • All the three team members are pursuing their Ph.D. at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
    • Ritu Arora is doing her research in the area of generative programming and high performance computing.
    • Zekai Demirezen is doing his research in the area of domain-specific modeling and semantics of domain specific languages.
    • Yu Sun stood 3rd in the regional ACM South East programming contest.

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    Comments (4)
    1. Rohan Madtha says:

      Diane, you forgot about us, the Key2SafeDriving team!

    2. Diane says:

      Sorry Rohan!  CONGRATS to your team!  You’ll have to let me know how the interviews go. 🙂

    3. Rohan Madtha says:

      Well, this is kinda moot, since you already know we got in. I just have a couple of weeks left, and am waiting to hear if I make the final cut.

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