1 May 2012
AUT-led Team Mobile Eye has won the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup impressing the judges with software it developed to help the blind.
Scott Wylie, Director of the Developer and Platform Group for Microsoft New Zealand says Team Mobile Eye stood out with its imagination, passion, creativity and a well thought out solution to address the issues faced by people who are blind.
The win was announced last night (April 30th) at the Auckland Town Hall. Team leader Aakash Polra said, “We are so excited about winning. It proves our idea is solid and all the hard work we have put in has paid off.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of our mentors, Microsoft, our family and friends, and others in the industry – so thank you to them. We are thrilled to be going to the Worldwide Finals to represent New Zealand and hope to bring home the Cup for the first time.
“Our software solution is simple – take a photo of your surroundings and hear your phone describe it to you. The technology however is a little more extensive. We have completed our first prototype and our mobile app is currently in use by a few blind users in Auckland.
The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s largest technology competition, challenging students from around the globe to develop technologies that help solve the world’s toughest problems. Now in its 10th year, it is a truly global competition with more than 358,000 students from 183 countries participating.
To coincide with the Worldwide Imagine Cup Finals, IT company Datacom will award an Imagine Cup Scholarship, offering one participant the choice of a paid six-month internship, or a three month holiday internship and three months mentoring in Datacom’s Microsoft Enterprise & Mid-Market and Solutions team.
Team Mobile Eye
Jade Tan (Graphic Design major): Jade is a talented and passionate graphic design student from AUT University. She will be designing intuitive user interfaces for the system along with designing logos and a website.
Aakash Polra (Team Captain): Aakash has completed his B.Math.Sc. (Honours) and B.Eng.Tech. (Software) from AUT University and will be the technical team lead for the project. He is very excited to take the Mobile-eye solution to the next level with the help of mentors and volunteers.
In-Hwan Kim (Software Engineering): In-Hwan is studying Software Engineering at the University of Auckland and is a talented student. He will be helping in programming the system and bringing system design into the reality.