imagine-cup-finalists-2011We all know that Imagine Cup is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft Corp. which brings together young technologists worldwide to help resolve some of the world’s toughest challenges. All Imagine Cup competitors create projects that address the Imagine Cup theme: “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems” w.r.t the United Nation’s Millennium goals. Today, Microsoft announced the Imagine Cup 2011 worldwide finalists. These finalists includes 124 student teams from 73 countries and regions, all of whom will make their way to New York City for the Worldwide Finals July 8-13.

As the winners of regional, national and/or online Imagine Cup competitions, these high school and university students represent the best of the best from around the globe! Following are the details of the finalist (124 student teams from 73 countries and regions) of Imagine Cup 2011 New York:

Algeria – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Epsilon

School(s): Ecole Nationale Superieur d’Informatique

Category: Software Design

Project: SurgeReal helps students and surgeons practice basic surgeries by providing a 3D organ image and a step-by-step learning. With a solution much cheaper than its competitors and other simulators, SurgeReal answers a very critical issue faced by surgeons living in difficult areas around the world.

Team: Green Stroumpfs

School(s): Ecole Nationale Superieur d’Informatique

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: I’m Powering gives companies and green installations opportunities to do something for the planet by reducing or cutting off their electricity bill and improving its image after being labeled Green & ecofriendly.

Armenia            

Team: X-Tech

School(s): Yerevan State University, State Engineering University of Armenia

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Teach Me Now is  an interactive process on an educational, group-based exchange platform. The system implies conditions that will interest everyone interested in delivering  trainings on an issue and get paid for that and those interested in acquiring new skills and knowledge.

Australia

Team: UCEEG

School(s): Canberra University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: UCEEG provides a faster way for handicapped people to type with the power of thought by using the Emotiv EPOC brain-signal acquisition headset. It can detect mental commands, facial expressions and emotions which are translated to text by mapping the eight strokes of digital digits.

Bangladesh

Team: Rapture

School(s): American International University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: ThirdEye is a smartphone device for the visually impaired. It has camera assistance, a special UI with vibration and speech feedback, voice command and more.

Belgium – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Digitron-WP7

School(s): Campus karel de goedelaan Howest

Category: Windows Phone 7

Project Description: Dregon is a game where players Combat widespread disease.  Players must go on a quest to find a potion that will cure the sick to save themselves and their fellow Dregons.

Team: Crash Games

School(s): Campus karel de goedelaan Howest

Category: Game Design (Mobile)

Project Description: Global Green is a fun and easy to play cartoon styled arcade game. In this game  players learn about many global problems while having a lot of fun trying to achieve the highest score for saving the world!

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Team: CPU Team

School(s): Slobomir P University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Coming soon

Brazil – 6 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: LevelUp

School(s): Federal University of Pernambuco

Category: Software Design

Project Description: EduAcademy is a cloud computing educational platform that provides teachers services, communication tools and specialized software for the most distinct situations faced within the learning-teaching environment.

Team: Embedded Brain

School(s): UFPE, Universidade de Pernambuco, Universidade Federal Rual de Pernambuco

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: 1stCareTaker is a monitoring system for patients that implements low-cost hardware integrated to an embedded platform. Patients have their vitals monitored automatically, which eliminates feelings of abandonment and makes service prioritization more effective.

Team: Replay

School(s): Federal University of Pernambuco

Category: Game Design (Windows/Xbox)

Project Description: HopeBlocks brings a fun,  exciting and fast-paced game that allows players to take steps towards changing the world by putting the player in charge of organizing people so that they work together and improve their surroundings.

Team: Signum Games

School(s): Universidade Positivo

Category: Game Design (Windows/Xbox)

Project Description: In this game, players create strategies to find the best way to help the world. Their resources are volunteers and money, and players must manage them intelligently.

Team: Quarentaedois

School(s): Universidade Estadual Paulista

Category: Digital Media

Project Description: "Dream" is a short video expressing the team’s hope that people never stop dreaming for a better world. They believe that it is through dreams that technology expands and gives us a better world.

Team: Bells Team

School(s): Federal Univeristy of Pernambuco

Category: Interoperability Challenge

Project Description: #ProDeaf is a mobile application that aims to allow a fluent real-time communication between deaf and non-deaf, anytime and anywhere, converting any speech sounds into sign language and vice versa.

Bulgaria – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Walk2Help

School(s): Technical University of Sofia, New Bulgarian University and Sofia University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: This project encourages us all to limit our carbon footprint and in the meantime support good causes around the world. It utilizes Windows Phone 7, Windows Azure, Bing Maps and the power of social media.

Team: GreenWorld

School(s): Sofia University, University of Hertfordshire

Category: Game Design (Web)

Project Description: GreenWorld is an online multiplayer game concern the world’s biggest ecological and health problems.

Chile

Team: Lifeware S.A.C.

School(s): Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Coming soon

China – 3 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Care Everyone

School(s): City Institute, Dalian University of Technology

Category: Software Design

Project Description: This project aims to provide a convenient and efficient method for physically disabled people to get access to information without barriers. By combining image and speech recognition, they can use computers to surf on-line, communicate with others and play games.

Team: Harmonicare      

School(s): Tsinghua University

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: Harmonicare is lung training equipment based on a harmonica. This device converts boring respiratory training into entertainment; it can improve a user’s health situation and bring great fun and sense of achievement.

Team: Xuewen Tian

School(s): Huazhong University of Science and Technology        

Category: IT Challenge

Project Description: This proposal establishes a technological infrastructure for a foundation to support its grant funding process, based on Microsoft technologies.

Colombia

Team: Freakin’ Mind

School(s): Universidad Icesi

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: S8VER is a technological tool that aims to address the high mortality rates when natural disasters occur by flying over the areas affected by natural disasters and identifying survivors that need to be rescued.

Costa Rica

Team: CarPooling Mate Finder

School(s): Universidad de Costa Rica, Campus Tacares

Category: Software Design

Project Description: This project is a solution using Windows Phone 7, social networks, and eventually Azure to help people find groups for carpooling based on the routes people take everyday.

Croatia

Team: Apptenders

School(s): Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb

Category: Software Design

Project Description: KiDnect is a technology to aid in physical therapy for children with cerebral palsy.

Cyprus

Team: iDoc

School(s): University of Cyprus

Category: Software Design

Project Description: A WP7 application that allows the user to diagnose any health related problems he/she may have. It is integrated with Bing Maps, providing the user the ability to view a list of doctors that are specialized in the specific area based on the user’s current location.

Czech Republic– 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Celebrio Software

School(s): Faculty of Informatics at Masaryk University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Celebrio is an operating system designed specifically for the elderly. It also helps people with low vision, bad dexterity  or technophobia by giving users a natural way to control a computer through touch.

Team: WickedTeam

School(s): Brno University of Technology

Category: Game Design (Windows/Xbox)

Project Description: In this game, players extinguish fires as fast as they can and thus save the largest area of forest possible. In case that there are civilians in danger, they have to find ways to evacuate them.

Ecuador

Team: Falcon Dev

School(s): Escuela Superior Politécnica del Chimborazo

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Skillbox consists of an affordable and accessible solution to teach children with disabilities; it aims to improve the living conditions with hearing loss or motor disabilities by providing a viable solution through stimulating the senses and the ability to learn while they play.

Egypt – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Cairo Team 3

School(s): Faculty of Computers And Information – Cairo University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: This project is an online system that can be accessed by a mobile application and a web browser that gives patients the ability to look for a doctor, set an appointment and read about their medical condition in Arabic. Also gives doctors have the ability to develop electronic medical records for their patients and move away from paper records.

Team: Ideas 4 u

School(s): Ain Shams University, Computer and Systems Engineering

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: Now I See is a system that serves as an extra set of eyes for someone who is visually impaired. Rather than relying on someone else to describe objects and colors, this device is able to do that.

Finland

Team: 25k

School(s): Turku University Of Applied Sciences              

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Vigilis software is a tool for parents to keep a watchful eye on their children in a world where socializing is done with the press of a button and provides children with the ability to immediately document any cyberbullying or sexual harassment they experience online or via mobile.

France – 6 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Dream’n'Touch  

School(s): École FRançaise d’Électronique et d’Informatique

Category: Software Design

Project Description: The eBakPak was designed with a pretty simple idea in mind: be as close as possible to a real back pack. Therefore it embeds the majority of tools any pupil can have in his or her backpack in a single application.

Team: Give Me 4

School(s): École FRançaise d’Électronique et d’Informatique

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: LinkTV is a project that aims to help elderly people, or simply isolated people, to connect with others thanks to the realization of 4 modules: Messaging, Video / Photo, Video-conferencing, and social activities.

Team: Close World Mobile

School(s): Epitech

Category: Game Design (Mobile)

Project Description: Hilomi is a little child living on a peaceful planet along with other species, one of which doesn’t pay attention to the planet. She cannot accept it and thus decided to change their behaviour. The game is a puzzle-platformer running on Windows Phone 7. The touchscreen is used to interact with the game elements and solve the puzzles.

Team: Geekologic

School(s): Ingesup, Supinfogame

Category: Game Design (Mobile)

Project Description: Brainergy is a Windows Phone 7 Puzzle Game in which the player has to solve different challenges based on renewable energy. Immersed in a realistic universe, the player has to use strategy to win through each level. From the beginning of the adventure, you are confronted by a very polluted world and will need to use renewable energy to clean it.

Team: Jean-Sebastien Duchene

School(s): Supinfo International University

Category: IT Challenge

Project Description: This proposal establishes a technological infrastructure for a foundation to support its grant funding process, based on Microsoft technologies.

Germany – 3 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: majiRanger

School(s): Dresden University of Technology

Category: Software Design

Project Description: majiSolution is a data management system for efficient drinking water supply in African countries.

Team: JOFNET 

School(s): Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurttemberg

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: JOFNET is an automatic job adviser for day laborers especially designed for the poorest people in developing countries.


Team:
Alexander Wachtel

School(s): Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Category: IT Challenge

Project Description: This proposal establishes a technological infrastructure for a foundation to support its grant funding process, based on Microsoft technologies.

Greece – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Epione

School(s): School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Epione is an integrated system for managing pain (both physical and emotional) developed in .NET environment and based on the Azure platform.


Team: alaniarides

School(s): Athens University of Economics and Business

Category: Interoperability Challenge

Project Description: Touring Machine is an innovative platform designed to offer a new kind of experience in culture for adults and children. It is a personalized, highly customizable tour guide which conforms to the visitor’s characteristics and demands.

India – 3 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Infiniti

School(s): University College of Engineering, Punjabi University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Patiala provides numerous assistive technology features to give disabled people (especially those who are visually impaired) easier access to information on the internet.

Team: Drushti

School(s): V.E.S. Institute of Technology

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: Provides visually impaired users a natural way of interacting with a computing device via a proposed tactile grid. Drushti means ‘sight” in Hindi, one of India’s most-used languages.

Team: Green Uno

School(s): Madurai Kamaraj University, University of Bermingham

Category: Digital Media

Project Description: This project proposes to implant individual sensors with the aid of robots as a fool-proof mechanism against tree felling to ensure continuous monitoring on a global scale. Under such unique id system, every tree can reclaim to its right to grow, mature and blossom.

Indonesia – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Gatotkaca

School(s): Telkom Institute of Technology          

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Offers a simple solution for malnutrition issue by giving information access and first-stage malnutrition detection to community through a mobile-phone application.

Team: MACARA

School(s): University of Indonesia

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: The goal of EDCOS is to reduce the energy crisis and malnutrition through the breeding of algae to help reduce the effects of global warming.

Iraq

Team: Hawk

School(s): American University of Iraq- Sulaimani

Category: Software Design

Project Description: The Refugee Welfare project is a secure system for registering refugees and their welfare needs like health care monitoring, education and facilitating aid distribution. It provides a mobile way for staff and users with little training to enter data relevant to the needs of the refugees.

Ireland

Team: Hermes

School(s): Institute Of Technology Sligo

Category: Software Design        

Project Description: This project uses embedded technology, mobile devices and cloud computing technology to change driving habits and reduce road deaths.

Italy

Team: Nea Soft

School(s): University Frederico Secondo of Naples         

Category: Software Design        

Project Description: OMCR supports users with severe disabilities by enabling them to the use of the personal computer. It helps them to communicate, learn and play without relying on traditional interaction devices such as a mouse and keyboard.

Japan – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: MI3

School(s): Dosisha University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Assists independent solutions, with the help of Windows Azure, for local residents by solving for a shortage of doctors in some areas of Africa.

Team: SunDonation

School(s): Kyoto University of Technology, Salesian Polytechnic, Osaka Municipal College of Design

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: This new donation system utilizes touch display and digital signage to enable residents to donate to charities by watching an advertisement rather than giving money out of pocket.

Jordan

Team: Oasys

School(s): German Jordanian University, Petra University, Princess Sumaya University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: This affordable and innovative system allows quadriplegia disabled patients to control a computer with their head.

Korea – 4 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Four Leaf Clover

School(s): SeJong University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: This project is a dream hub portal for donation and a communication platform.

Team: Link Your Passion

School(s): National University

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: This device helps people locate clean water in an effort to reduce child mortality.

Team: HOMERUN

School(s): Dongguk University, Samgmyung University

Category: Windows Phone 7

Project Description: Peekaboo enables members to communicate efficiently without limits of space and time with a system that combines a treasure-hunt game with a private network dedicated to family.

Team: Zipi Zigi  

School(s): Seoul National University of Technology, Soongsil University in Seoul, Korea University of Technology and Education, Ewha Women’s University

Category: Windows Phone 7

Project Description: Hot Potato fights indifference by showing users where and when local problems are happening through Bing Maps. As more and more people look in to the matter, the spot gets bigger, suggesting the importance of the event and increasing public awareness.

Kuwait

Team: SWAP Team

School(s): American University of Kuwait

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Revolutionary Reporting System is a simple image reporting software that uses geographic location tagging on images for reporting accidents, environmental hazards, theft and medical emergencies.

Lebanon

Team: D4W

School(s): American University of Beirut

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Tale of a Tree Wisp raises awareness about the environment in developing countries by building an experience designed to deeply impact as many people as possible.

Malaysia

Team: Cyber Knightz

School(s): UCTI University, Asia Pacific University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Health3 system helps cancer patients monitor their health, treatment and diets, and helps them and their loved ones reach out to online resources and to others in a similar situation.

Mexico - 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Brain

School(s): Universidad Iberoamericana

Category: Software Design

Project Description: This project is designed to make people, particularly children of developing nations, aware of environmental issues.

Team: Fomis Phone Team

School(s): Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Category: Game Design (Mobile)

Project Description: The Chronicles of Balam is a 3D adventure game where players assume the role of a young jaguar who must improve the world to earn Millennium Insignias.

Morocco

Team: Whitelight

School(s): École Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Whitelight is a set of applications to guide the blind from Point A to Point B using vocal instructions. It also offers tools to help family/NGOs to stay connected with the blind.

Netherlands

Team: Olife

School(s): Delft University of Technology, TU/e, Rotterdam University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: The City Cloud is a cloud computing platform that brings together different kinds of data generated by its inhabitants, businesses and government, with the goal of providing the first steps towards a self-regulating city.

New Zealand

Team: OneBuzz

School(s): University of Auckland

Category: Software Design

Project Description: This project focuses on tackling malaria with sophisticated technology that identifies areas of high risk and provides real-time information to those concerned to act accordingly.

Nigeria

Team: Nerds Inc.

School(s): Federal University of Technology

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Project Medicare enables communication between a doctor and patient over long distances, where doctors are unable to have physical contact with their patients. Doctors can make a diagnosis from the patient’s data, which is input in the Medicare system.

Oman – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Edunology

School(s): Sultan Qaboos University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Project "HELP me Educate Others" enables donors to participate in educating less fortunate individuals in the world, acting as a hub between the helper, the school and the student being financed.

Team: Brothers forever

School(s): Sultan Qaboos University

Category: Digital Media

Project Description: The video, narrated by a man from the future, shows us a better future with a great invention that can help reduce pollution by filtering smoke and toxins from the air.

Pakistan – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: V3C

School(s): FAST– National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences – Islamabad

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Project "Voice Controlled Cellular System for Special Citizen" is designed to enable physically handicapped and blind users to operate a computer with voice controls.

Team: The Pioneers

School(s): Lahore University of Management Sciences

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: Project CleverGrid enables better power distribution and management for the developing world, using smart-meters and an embedded supplier power-monitoring system.

Palestinian Authorities

Team: Vital Dreams

School(s): Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU)

Category: Software Design

Project Description: The project uses a speech recognition technology to translate the user’s questions to text, search for the answer on the internet and then spell it out to the user. It is designed for people without an education, children and individuals with disabilities.

Peru

Team: Nawy Harkay

School(s): Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo

Category: Software Design

Project Description: The project enables users to operate Windows 7, with minimal effort, using their eyes (instead of their hands).

Philippines – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: polymor.ph

School(s): Ateneo De Manila University, Del La Salle University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Coming soon

Team: Signum Fidei

School(s): De La Salle University

Category: Game Design (Web)

Project Description: Conjunct! represents social issues and problems as puzzles in different locations around the world.

Poland – 5 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: CodeRaiders

School(s): Polytechnika Lodzka

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Coming soon

Team: WCY_TEAM

School(s): Wojskowa Akademia Technicza

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: COP4CE combines a portable device and a central command center system to enable police and rescue unit coordination and support.

Team: Cellardoor

School(s): Uniwersytet Im. Adama Mickiewicza

Category: Game Design (Web)

Project Description: “The Book of Elm” illustrates the importance of taking care of environment in everyday life, through the interactive story of Elm, a creature on a quest to fix the mistakes done by people around the world.

Team: DemosceneSpirit

School(s): Uniwerstytet Adama Mickiewicza W Poznaniu

Category: Interoperability Challenge

Project Description: This is a project to help prevent and respond to devastating floods.

Team: Blazej Matuszyk

School(s): Poznan University of Technology

Category: IT Challenge

Project Description: This proposal establishes a technological infrastructure for a foundation to support its grant funding process, based on Microsoft technologies.

Portugal

Team: RescueMe

School(s): Instituto Politecnico Do Cavado E Do Ave

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Helps disaster rescue teams coordinate their forces on the ground and provide better distribution of resources.

Puerto Rico

Team: Team A41

School(s): Universidad Metropolitana, Sistema Ana G. Mendez

Category: Software Design

Project Description: "All 4 One Solutions" is designed to increase awareness and community participation in addressing environmental and social issues.

Romania – 4 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Simplex

School(s): Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Medical Interactive Recovery Assistant (MIRA) is an application to enable people suffering from temporary handicap to recover interactively at a faster pace. Also enables doctors or specialized medical personnel to facilitate the recovery process for their patients.

Team: Endeavour_Design

School(s): Gh. Asachi Technical University of Iasi

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: An intelligent robotic system designed to automatically avoid obstacles and find its way back to its control signal when it loses contact with its human operator.

Team: M.N.A.

School(s): NW College London, Universitatea Bucuresti

Category: Digital Media

Project Description: Asks the question: What if technology suddenly became available to those less fortunate? What if technology could offer the ones without food or shelter a new chance to a better life?

Team: Sinescu Ionut

School(s): Alexandru Ioan University

Category: IT Challenge

Project Description: This proposal establishes a technological infrastructure for a foundation to support its grant funding process, based on Microsoft technologies.

Russia – 3 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Oriteam

School(s): Moscow Aviation Institute

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Oricrafter is a multi-touch system that supports creating and exchanging origami.

Team: Calvus

School(s): Saratov State Technical University

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: An embedded device to automatically control the very specific environmental conditions for the breeding and rearing of larval axolotl, a kind of animal used in stem cells research.

Team: CRS

School(s): Yaroslavl State University

Category: Game Design (Mobile)

Project Description: "Cleaney: smiley who saved the earth" is a game for kids age 2 to 5 years to learn about the world around them and how to treat the environment.

Senegal

Team: CYAN GIRLS

School(s): L’ecole polytechnique de Dakar

Category: Software Design

Project Description: A project around agriculture, fishing and breeding that allows all the actors of these sectors to interact to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, enable gender equality, and preserve the environment

Serbia

Team: 4K-join

School(s): University Of Novi Sad

Category: Software Design

Project Description: HAUS project helps consumers manage their monthly energy bills by optimizing their electrical energy and non-replenishable resource consumption.

Singapore – 4 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: ElderGuardian

School(s): Temasek Polytechnic

Category: Software Design

Project Description: The Elder Rehabilitation Support System (ERSS) uses Kinect™ for Xbox 360 to aid in stroke rehabilitation and recovery, with exercises specifically designed for stroke patients.

Team: Skynet

School(s): Nanyang Polytechnic

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: L.O.C.U.S is a low-cost system for retrieving and collating data in post-disaster situations.

Team: Yunheng Mong

School(s): Nanyang Polytechnic

Category: IT Challenge

Project Description: This proposal establishes a technological infrastructure for a foundation to support its grant funding process, based on Microsoft technologies.

Team: Code Instincts

School(s): Tamesek Polytechnic

Category: Windows Phone 7

Project Description: The Recyclocator mobile application makes recycling more convenient by enabling users to locate the nearest recycling bin using a Windows Phone 7 device.

Slovakia – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Zippers

School(s): Technicka Univerzita V Kosiciach

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Coming soon

Team: Quegee Team

School(s): Slovak University of Technology        

Category: Game Design (Web)

Project Description: The Green Game challenges players to solve common environmental issues using new and exciting technologies, intelligent devices and unusual ideas, each of which may have unexpected positive or negative consequences.

Slovenia

Team: 2ndsight

School(s): University Of Maribor, Feri

Category: Software Design

Project Description: This software for smart phones makes everyday life easier. The solution is based on the adjusted user interface to blind and partially sighted people, so they can easily access to various applications and menus on their devices.

South Africa

Team: Komodo1

School(s): University of Cape Town

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Project HAWK is a crowd-sourced, collaborative information-aggregation, reporting and geo-visualisation system geared towards community-centric disaster management and neighborhood improvement.

Spain – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Software4life

School(s): Castilla La Mancha University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: The project, named WaterSense, aims to bring drinkable water to the poorest areas of the world, with a 3-layer structure that gives support to the volunteers of the area, ONGs manage projects and get donations and a social media component allows citizens to give money and see the result of their donations.

Team: Argitech

School(s): Mondragon Unibertsitatea

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: Intelligent Lighting System (Smart Light) is a public street lighting management system that collects data from the status of the street and lights them according to their specific needs (rather than by the time of day), which results in a reduction of power consumption.

Sri Lanka

Team: Pera Soft

School(s): University of Peradeniya

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Pera Soft’s project, Hear through Eyes is a solution designed to enable the hearing impaired to rely on visual aid for many channels of communication and to aid education.     

Sweden

Team: Life Map

School(s): Uppsala Universitet

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Life Map helps make the world a little better by making it easier for people to donate money to charity organizations.

Switzerland

Team: Texting4All

School(s): Hendrik Knoch

Category: Software Design

Project Description: The EasySMS application empowers illiterate people to read, compose and send text messages to their contacts through text-to-speech solutions.

Taiwan – 3 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Miner

School(s): Taipei University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: The project, Adeona aims to aid in the search for missing children and aged persons  to ease the search and rescue mission within the first 24 hour golden window through innovative visual data mining and information extraction techniques.

Team: NTHUCS

School(s): National Tsing Hua University

Category: Embedded Development

Project Description: National Tsing Hua University has given an old technology a new application. With an eBox at the core, team NTHUCS is taking the classic routing problem to help solve the challenges of evacuations and increase public safely.

Team: Cottoncandy

School(s): National Taipei University of Technology

Category: Digital Media

Project Description: This team tells the story of many species becoming extinct because of the “HIPPO dilemma” and shows viewers how they can help with animal conservation.

Thailand – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: NewKrean

School(s): Chulalongkorn University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Terra allows disaster victims to broadcast their location through social networks such as Facebook with one click in the event of a disaster, to alert rescue workers, friends and family to their exact location.

Team: JubJub

School(s): Mahidol University

Category: Game Design (Windows/Xbox)

Project Description: Junk Master: The Journey to Junk Lord is a creative and innovative game with challenging and fun game play; moreover, it can educate the player about garbage classification and 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).

Trinidad & Tobago

Team: Codec

School(s): University of the Southern Caribbean

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Education Elevated through Technology enhances the motivation and communication level of the three major stakeholders in education: teachers, parents and students.

Tunisia

Team: Sight Browser

School(s): Engineering school of Gabes

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Sight Browser targets people with vision impairments, achieving a tool tailored to meet their stringent criteria is necessary to ensure that blind and partially sighted people can benefit access to the internet as well as the regular people.

Turkey

Team: Co2ncerned

School(s): Bahcesehir University

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Co2ncerned created a system where individuals and corporations calculate their CO2 emissions and balance it by donating to environmental projects. CO2ncerned is a common platform for environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Uganda (East & South Africa)

Team: Quest-0

School(s): Makerere University College of Science; Makerere University College of Computing and Informatics

Category: Software Design

Project Description: Crimex a desktop, mobile and web based system focuses on crime pattern analysis in developing countries. Crimex provides a unique solution for law enforcers; ranging from crime pattern recognition to facial recognition capabilities.

Ukraine – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: DashPoint

School(s): Odessa Computer Academy “Step”

Category: Software Design

Project: Enables people who are both deaf and blind to communicate with the world through the use of special vibration device connected to computer.

Team: Digital Dream

School(s): IT Academy Step, Kharkov

Category: Digital Media

Project: The project works to reverse the problem of at-home injuries sustained by children.  These injuries include scalds and burns with electric stoves, cuts with sharp knives and forks, electric shocks with habitual home appliances and chemical burns with different solvents or medicines.

United Arab Emirates

Team: The Hex Pistols

School(s): University of Wollongong in Dubai

Category: Software Design

Project: MomEcare is a mobile application that will assist medical staff to give quality medical assistance to pregnant women by guiding them through the steps of performing a checkup themselves since they are unable to go to a hospital.

United Kingdom – 2 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Project OVE

School(s): University of Manchester

Category: Software Design

Project: A solution that aims to bring together world problems and people who volunteer to solve them in a fresh and innovative way, using the latest Microsoft platforms and an interesting twist on peer-to-peer networking.

Team: Cycling into Trees

School(s): University of York

Category: Embedded Development

Project: Child Sleep Safe uses a mixture of embedded hardware, software, and home automation systems that aims to reduce cot death numbers by monitoring a baby while sleeping.

United States – 5 teams attending the Worldwide Finals

Team: Note-Taker

School(s): Arizona State University

Category: Software Design

Project: A portable device that helps visually-impaired students by utilizing a touch-based tablet connected to a camera that shows the whiteboard on one half of the screen and allows notes to be taken on the other half.

Team: Syntax Errors

School(s): Santiago Canyon College

Category: Embedded Development

Project: This self-contained mobile workstation based on an embedded RTOS platform and managed code application allows emergency workers to track assets such as medical suppliers, water, food, and personnel in real time during emergency relief efforts.

Team: Lifelens

School(s): University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Business, University of California Davis, Harvard Business School, University of Central Florida

Category: Windows Phone 7

Project: Lifelens is an innovative point-of-care tool to diagnose malaria using an augmented mobile smartphone application. The project addresses the unacceptably high child mortality rates caused by the lack of detection and availability of treatment of malarial diseases.

Team: Dragon

School(s): Rice University

Category: Game Design (Mobile)

Project: Azmo the Dragon is a game that helps children learn about their asthma as they play as a dragon who destroys civilizations.

Team: ICsquared

    School(s): Ithaca College

    Category: Game Design (Web)

    Project: The project aims at inspiring players to take real world actions. The main part of the game focuses on recycling rubbish, gathering experience and taking quests.

    Venezuela

    Team: UCV-Ideas

    School(s): Central University of Venezuela

    Category: Software Design

    Project: This is a product to help people connect online while developing an information-sharing environment for people to help each other recycle items and material that is no longer used but still valuable for other uses and needs.

    Vietnam

    Team: MIGI

    School(s): Hanoi University of Technology

    Category: Software Design

    Project: Migi is an online community web site to share used items (personal items, furniture, equipment, etc.). Migi makes giving, receiving and using of second-hand/brand-new items become simple, fun and accessible to everyone. Migi is built on ASP.net MVC, Bing, jQuery, Windows Phone 7 and FaceBook SDK.

     

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