Event Recap: Student Team from Australia Wins the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship
This past Friday, Microsoft announced the winner of its Imagine Cup World Championship in front of 5,000 students, judges, partners and Microsoft employees. The 2014 Imagine Cup finals had more than 30 student teams, representing 34 countries, who competed in three different categories – Innovation, Games, and World Citizenship. The AT&T Developer Program sponsored part of the weeklong events during this year’s World Cup finals, which were held in Seattle.
Microsoft’s Imagine Cup provides opportunities for student developers and entrepreneurs from across the world to develop a technology application and corresponding business plan. Winners in each category received generous cash prizes as well as “boot camp” experience, which includes hands-on mentorship and support, from Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft YouthSpark or Pax.
The winning team consisted of two students from Australia who developed a screening tool (using a Nokia smartphone) for Anemia. One of the cool thing this year’s winning team gets – beyond the cash and prizes – is a private meeting with Bill Gates.
During the week, I had the chance to try some of the apps while visiting with the student teams. What impressed me most was the detail and polish of the UI of each app I saw. Great job teams, very cool and impressive!
If you are a student or interested in learning more about the Imagine Cup, please visit Imagine Cup.