Microsoft named the winners of the 2011 Imagine Cup competition, an international competition of student developers building apps on Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Bing and Kinect.
has announced the winners of the ninth annual Microsoft Imagine Cup, honoring student innovations that
address global challenges such as improving road and fire safety, eradicating
poverty, and creating a more sustainable environment.
from 183 countries started out participating in the early stages of the Imagine
Cup, the company's premier student technology competition. Narrowed from a
field of more than 350,000 global registrants, more than 400 students from 70
countries traveled to New York to compete in the finals.
addition to naming the winners of the competition, Microsoft unveiled plans to
launch a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program to help recipients
realize their vision of solving the world's toughest problems. Imagine Cup
teams will be eligible to apply for grants that include a combination of cash,
software, training, consulting and other support. Microsoft will announce
details about the grant program and application process later this summer.
year's competition winners were announced July 13 at the Imagine Cup World
Festival and Awards Ceremony at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
The event culminated a six-day celebration of technology, hard work and
ingenuity. The festivities included remarks from philanthropist, activist and
actress Eva Longoria; Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership; and
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
innovators, entrepreneurs and humanitarians who compete in the Imagine Cup have
developed an inspiring spectrum of projects, raising the bar higher and higher
each year," said S. Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division
at Microsoft, in a statement. "We are in awe of the students' solutions for
addressing social and real-world challenges, and want to help them take their
projects to the next level with the financial, technical and business support
they need to change the world."
team from Ireland, known as Team Hermes, won the Software Design competition
for a project aimed at helping change driving habits and reducing road deaths,
which impact a significant number of young lives each year. Team Hermes
designed a device that plugs into a car and monitors dangerous driving behavior
and road conditions, providing instant feedback to both the driver and car
owner. The team's solution uses embedded technology, Windows Phone 7, Bing Maps
and the Windows Azure cloud computing platform. With its victory, the team won
have a problem in Ireland; that problem is deaths on our roads," said Team
Hermes member James McNamara in a statement. "Thanks to Microsoft and the
Imagine Cup, we've been able to come together to solve this problem and save
the Embedded Development category, Team NTHUCS from Taiwan won first place and
$25,000. The team's Right This Way project computes the safest fire escape
routes, detected by a wireless sensor network in real time.
the Game Design category, teams competed in three subcategories: Mobile, Web
and Windows/Xbox. All winners focused on some element of environmental
sustainability. In the Mobile subcategory, France's Team Geekologic focused on
renewable energy. In the Web subcategory, Poland's Team Cellardoor created the
"Book of Elm," which encourages players to take care of the environment. And in
the Windows/Xbox subcategory, Brazil's Team Signum Games tackled urban problems
involving health, education and the environment through a strategy game. Each
first-place team earned $25,000.
complete list of the 2011 Imagine Cup winners can be found here.
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