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Microsoft Announces Worldwide Finalists for Imagine Cup 2012

 
 

More than 350 students from around the world invited to compete at the 10th anniversary Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals.

NEW YORK, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking the 10th anniversary of the Microsoft Imagine Cup student technology competition, Microsoft Corp. today announced the teams that will head to the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in July in Sydney, to showcase their innovative ideas for using technology to solve the world's toughest problems. As the winners of regional, national and online Imagine Cup competitions, these students represent the future of technology innovation and entrepreneurialism.

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Student teams from 75 countries have advanced to the finals with projects that tackle humanitarian issues including health, accessibility, the environment, education and more. They will compete at the Worldwide Finals event, July 6–10, for $175,000 (U.S.) in cash prizes in categories including Software Design, Game Design: Phone, Game Design: Xbox/Windows, the Windows Phone Challenge sponsored by Nokia, the IT Challenge, the Windows Azure Challenge, the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge sponsored by Microsoft Studios, and the Windows Metro Style App Challenge sponsored by Windows. In addition, today Microsoft is announcing two new awards for the Worldwide Finalists that are sponsored by The Coca-Cola Co.: Environmental Sustainability and Health Awareness. All Worldwide Finalist teams are invited to apply for these awards.

"During the past decade, students have taken the lead in adopting new technologies and championing social transformation," said Moorthy Uppaluri, general manager, Academic Programs at Microsoft. "Ten years ago, we created Imagine Cup with the idea that students can change the world — and every year they continue to demonstrate their passion and creativity in creating technology that makes the world a better place."

More on the Environmental Sustainability and Health Awareness Awards

Microsoft and Coca-Cola are also announcing a collaboration to encourage the next generation of young technologists and entrepreneurs to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to improve the environment and healthy living. Imagine Cup Worldwide Finalist teams whose projects target these topics will be eligible to compete for the new Imagine Cup 2012 Environmental Sustainability Award and Health Awareness Award, sponsored by Coca-Cola.

"Given the scale and complexity of today's issues, it's challenging for one business or even one industry to make a difference alone," said Guy Wollaert, chief technical officer, The Coca-Cola Co. "Coca-Cola's support of Imagine Cup provides an additional venue for students to be recognized for their innovation in addressing the world's toughest environmental and health-related issues."

The winning team for each award will be announced at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Sydney and each team will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000 (U.S.). More information can be found at http://www.imaginecup.com.

A Decade of Imagine Cup

Imagine Cup has inspired a generation, with 1.65 million students from 190 countries participating in the competition during the past decade. Since last year, students from 29 new regions and countries, including Haiti, Rwanda, the Republic of Kosovo and Myanmar, have registered for the competition.

This year marks the first time that the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals event will take place in Australia.

During the first Imagine Cup in 2003, there were a little more than 1,000 registrants from 25 countries, with only 15 finalist teams competing at the Worldwide Finals in Barcelona. Tu Nguyen, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, won first prize with a Pocket PC application designed to bridge the language gap between English-speaking waiters and Vietnamese-speaking chefs. Like many Imagine Cup alumni, Nguyen has gone on to become an entrepreneur and innovator; he was recognized in 2006 by the Midlands Business Journal as one of Omaha's top 40 executives under 40 years of age, and is now chief technology officer of DocLanding, an online document management provider.

Dreaming Big and Creating Real-World Solutions: Imagine Cup Grants

To extend the impact of Imagine Cup, last year Microsoft launched the Imagine Cup Grants program, a three-year, $3 million investment by Microsoft to help students turn their ideas into reality. The first year of grant recipients were announced in January, including team Lifelens (United States), which developed a Windows Phone application that can detect the presence of malaria through a blood sample. The team is using the financial and in-kind support from the grant to develop its technology into a platform that uses Windows 8-based tablets and addresses other pathological diseases in addition to malaria.

"The Imagine Cup opens up students' eyes to nontraditional technology applications that can address global issues and enable teams to brainstorm innovative ways to solve these problems," said Wilson To, on behalf of the team.

More information about the Lifelens project is available at http://lifelensproject.com/blog.

All the 2012 Imagine Cup Worldwide Finalists announced today will be eligible to apply for the Imagine Cup Grants program this year.

Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finalists

The 2012 Imagine Cup Worldwide Finalist teams are:

Category

Country

Team Name

Software Design

Algeria

NakamaTeam

Software Design

Argentina

BoddyMusic

Software Design

Armenia

mLab

Software Design

Australia

StethoCloud

Software Design

Bahrain

FutureTorch

Software Design

Bangladesh

Engine

Software Design

Belgium

Make A Sign

Software Design

Bosnia and Herzegovina

SPU Team

Software Design

Brazil

Digital Mangue

Software Design

Bulgaria

K-Vision

Software Design

Canada

Greeni

Software Design

Chile

IntegraKINECT

Software Design

China

Xight

Software Design

Croatia

Team Spectrum

Software Design

Cyprus

BrightSight

Software Design

Czech Republic

JoyMind

Software Design

Dominican Republic

The Fellowship of the Ring

Software Design

Ecuador

Kany Warmys

Software Design

Egypt

Level Up

Software Design

Finland

Matalapaine

Software Design

France

CapStreet

Software Design

Georgia

Green Bytes

Software Design

Germany

Greenway

Software Design

Greece

Symbiosis

Software Design

India

The D Labs

Software Design

Indonesia

Malabar

Software Design

Iraq

Mirage Tech

Software Design

Ireland

DocTek Systems

Software Design

Italy

Italian Ingenium Team

Software Design

Ivory Coast

e-soft

Software Design

Japan

Coccolo

Software Design

Jordan

Dancing Pillow

Software Design

Kazakhstan

Etzoockee

Software Design

Korea

Let IT Bee

Software Design

Kuwait

The Code Breakers

Software Design

Lebanon

Cake

Software Design

Malaysia

The Rhapsody

Software Design

Malta

TDGS

Software Design

Mexico

ReImagine

Software Design

Morocco

Team Golden Drop

Software Design

New Zealand

Mobile Eyes

Software Design

Nigeria

Gravity

Software Design

Oman

Grawesome

Software Design

Pakistan

Celoks

Software Design

Palestinian Authorities

flyKIT

Software Design

Peru

Wake Up

Software Design

Philippines

Divided By Zero

Software Design

Poland

ARMED

Software Design

Portugal

wi-GO

Software Design

Puerto Rico

Think

Software Design

Qatar

Technology Lanterns

Software Design

Romania

IQube

Software Design

Russia

Bonjour Development

Software Design

Senegal

Sen Section

Software Design

Serbia

CatchCake

Software Design

Singapore

AlphaWaves

Software Design

Slovakia

Team OwNet

Software Design

Slovenia

Osmosis

Software Design

South Africa

Asclepius

Software Design

Spain

HealthConnect

Software Design

Sri Lanka

Team V360

Software Design

Taiwan

uCHAMPsys

Software Design

Thailand

Novitat

Software Design

Tunisia

Heroes come Back

Software Design

Turkey

Repharmers

Software Design

Uganda

cipher256

Software Design

Ukraine

Quadsquad

Software Design

United Arab Emirates

RevolUtion

Software Design

United Kingdom

Team EyeWorks

Software Design

United States

FlashFlood

Software Design

Venezuela

Arbel

Software Design

Vietnam

GP3S

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

Belgium

Hotfix_Windows

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

Brazil

The Doers

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

China

xidianembed_6

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

France

Nano

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

Iceland

Radiant

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

Japan

Esperanza

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

Japan

Team Blossom

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

Portugal

Red Phoenix Studios

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

Thailand

TANG Thai

Game Design: Xbox/Windows

Ukraine

HammerBird

Game Design: Phone

Brazil

Monkey Pepper

Game Design: Phone

Czech Republic

Wicked Games

Game Design: Phone

France

Ecosia

Game Design: Phone

France

Swifteam

Game Design: Phone

Hungary

Turtle Games

Game Design: Phone

Indonesia

Org.Com mobile

Game Design: Phone

Korea

Gaon Nuri

Game Design: Phone

Lithuania

LevelUp

Game Design: Phone

Romania

AVe

Game Design: Phone

United States

Drexel Dragons

Windows Metro Style App Challenge

Brazil

Virtual Dreams Metro

Windows Metro Style App Challenge

Korea

TokTok

Windows Metro Style App Challenge

Ukraine

nLife

Windows Azure Challenge

Algeria

The Klein Team

Windows Azure Challenge

Brazil

Virtual Dreams Azure

Windows Azure Challenge

Romania

Complex

Windows Phone Challenge

Egypt

Vivid

Windows Phone Challenge

Finland

Aaltovation

Windows Phone Challenge

Poland

The Stack

IT Challenge

Egypt

Sherif Talaat

IT Challenge

Romania

Alexandru Ticlea

IT Challenge

Singapore

Joshua Sim

Kinect Fun Labs Challenge

To be announced in June

To be announced in June

Kinect Fun Labs Challenge

To be announced in June

To be announced in June

Kinect Fun Labs Challenge

To be announced in June

To be announced in June

More information about Imagine Cup is available at the Imagine Cup Virtual Pressroom and on the Imagine Cup blog.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

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