Last week Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer for Microsoft UK, chaired the 2015 UK Imagine Cup Finals.
Each of the teams had to present their app or game for five minutes before facing a rigorous Q&A session from our panel of judges, including Michel Van Der Bel, MD of Microsoft UK, and other external figures of industry, such as Rob Bourne, Ministry of Defense of the UK MoD, Mike Bithell creator of Thomas was alone and many more..
The entrants were hugely varied, with anything from wearable business networking tools an ‘Uber for healthcare’, collaborative real-time editing tools, and a game designed to raise awareness for tuberculosis.
After a period of deliberation the judges finally returned with their winners in each category:
- Gaming: Team Terrabite University of Abertay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VhIoOiNf9w
- Innovation: Team Siymb University of Exeter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFcyLcEOwu8
- World Citizenship: Team Lifeline Strathclyde University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGDP-qzfPRU
We also launched two partner awards in the UK this year:
- Social Media Creativity Award, ( Sponsored by Metia Agency) : Team Mover, awarded with work experience at Metia Agency
- Cloud Innovation Award: Team Siymb
You can watch all of the finalist’s presentations via http://www.stuff.tv/news/vote-uk-techs-next-big-thing-in-microsofts-imagine-cup-and-you-could-win-xbox-one
Overall the event was a huge success, with over 150 attendees, ranging from students to mature developers, and during the breakout sessions there were representatives from Microsoft Ventures, Visual Studios and Microsoft Education UK, all of whom offering advice and resources to students and budding entrepreneurs.
So what’s next?
In line with our event proposition, to inspire all of our contestants to continue to build and develop their ideas to make them happen, all of the teams have the opportunity to now apply for our MS Ventures accelerator program. For the teams who are not progressing to the World Wide Semi- Finals, Radication Games, Team Terrabite and The Lifeline team has been introduced to Microsoft Scotland who will continue to mentor the team with funding advice and the gaming teams (TripleOX) will be showcasing their game this weekend at Insomnia Gaming Festival.
As for our winners, for them the Imagine Cup journey is just getting started! We wish them all luck in the World Wide Semi Finals taking place in May. Here is to bringing the Imagine Cup trophy home to the UK in 2015.