Imagine Cup 2012 Competitor Showcase

Yesterday was a whirlwind event here in Sydney, filled with hard work and high energy. Competitors from all around the world have been working around the clock for months to compete at the world stage, and all their hard work will soon pay off.

The Microsoft Student Partner Social Media Team has been monitoring the event around the clock, observing various teams here in Sydney to bring you the most comprehensive Imagine Cup coverage possible. Below is just a small sample of what we found today!!!

First up we have Digital Mangue, a software design team from Brazil. They’ve developed a project that they call the FirstCare System, which is a health care system that monitors patients in real time. FirstCare spans platforms, with tools for Windows Phone, Windows 7, and Windows 8, this product aims to reshape patient care.

Next up there is Turtle Games, a game design team from Hungary competing in the phone track. Their game is titled Rum Run. In Rum Run, the player has to use their ships to route different goods to various ports, playing part in a miniature economy. Using the resources gained through this trade, the player then has to feed people in their own hunger-struck village. The inspiration for such a unique game stems from the global economic crisis in 2008. Turtle Games felt that a basic understanding of economics is required to remain stable in future times of turmoil. Rum Run aims to teach that basic knowledge.

Team Arbel of Venezuela aims to innovate by delivering a unique educational solution that leverages Kinect, a Nintendo Wii controller, and lots of creativity to build an augmented whiteboard application. Arbel was inspired by the real needs of students and faculty on their campus.

Next up is SethoCloud, the Australian team fighting for the glory in their home country. SethoCloud wants to reduce child mortality as a result of pneumonia. By pairing a custom stethoscope attachment for their Windows Phone devices with a powerful cloud service hosted on Windows Azure, SethoCloud is able to automate diagnosis of pneumonia. They believe that, while many developing nations are lacking in trained medical professionals, smart phones are becoming more and more widespread, and can be used to change people’s lives around the globe.

StethoCloud of Australia gets ready to present their solution to the judges.
Photo by: Davey Wolfe

Team Greenway of Germany aims to cut down on gas usage by improving traffic routing throughout congested cities worldwide. By leveraging Bing maps, Windows Phone, and the power of Windows Azure, Greenway routes cars to roadways that can support their additional capacity, while cutting down on travel time by using a unique path finding algorithm. Greenway makes use of data collected by each individual user, so, the more people that use it, the better Greenway will grow.

Level Up, of Egypt, wishes to make computing more accessible through their software design project, Twasol. Twasol leverages the proliferation of hardware devices like webcams and microphones to build a solution that uses face and speech recognition software to augment a keyboard and mouse. By using these common devices, Twasol hopes to help all of those with physical disabilities live a more independent life.

Level Up, of Egypt, presents to the judges in the software design competition.
Photo by: Mohamed Gaafar

Esperanza, a Windows/Xbox game design team from Japan, aims to build a unique game genre with their project, Blue Field. Blue Field is set in post tsunami Japan, where rubble and ruins lay in the wake of the horrible natural disaster. The player’s job is to explore the reconstruction of Japan through what Esperanza calls a “documentary game”. This unique take allows the player to experience a documentary of the recovery effort in real time.

Finally, TANG Thai of Thailand aims to educate others on the dangers of deforestation through a real time strategy game for Windows named Verdant Fantasy. In Verdant Fantasy, the player must team up with adorable woodland creatures to defend wildlife from outside threats. TANG Thai was inspired by deforestation in Thailand. Images shown during the presentation show just how prevalent the issue of deforestation is throughout the world.

TANG Thai with Game Design Judge Nichol Bradford.
Photo By: Ashley Perkins

All of these competitors have worked extremely hard to make it to this point. But these are only a handful of the many talented competitors duking it out here in Sydney. If you want to find more information about the competition and all of these amazing students, be sure to follow our Twitter hashtag, #MSPSMT, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.