Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems
Now in its 10th year, the Microsoft Imagine Cup tasks students worldwide with the challenge of finding solutions to real-world issues. This year, there have been 400 entries from around New Zealand. The top 19 teams from around New Zealand has just been announced and AUT has three teams that have made it.
AUT student Mohit Singh, is a third time competitor in the Top 20 round. He's also a Microsoft Student Partner and his experience has made him the perfect candidate for taking charge of support for the AUT teams. The enterprising innovator shares his thoughts on the competition:
"Imagine Cup is much more than just a competition about technology. It forces students to think from marketing and business aspects in order to sell their ideas to industry judges. It's a whole product we are creating so the packaging and marketability is important.
"AUT's support has given us access to Shea Melville, an AUT Art and Design student who's been assisting the teams with their presentations."
New Zealand’s Top 19 teams will battle it out on April 30. Come and cheer on the teams from AUT. They’ve run the mill, done the drill and would be thrilled to have your support!
In a nutshell…
The challenge: Finding solutions to real-world problems
The prize: Cash, grants, prizes + a place in the Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia
New Zealand National Finals: 7 – 9pm, 30 April 2012 @ Auckland Town Hall
What if every student in the world had access to high quality education?
Boring teacher monologues will be replaced with lively discussions and active student participation thanks to a new way of learning which caters for the full range of diversity found in today’s classrooms. YouMark is about developing high-quality content that students can watch in their own time and teachers can track. Imagine being able to learn French from the comfort of your own home using high-quality interactive content including videos, games and maps and then taking that learning and applying it in the classroom the following day.
YouMark - a revolution in education.
Mohit Singh (Team Captain)
Team Mobile Eye
What if blind people could still discover the world around them?
Mobile Eye brings the richness of visual information to blind people using commodity cameras. The user will be able to take guided pictures of their surroundings and “hear” the phone describe it to them. Imagine taking out your mobile phone when you are in the café, pressing the camera shutter button and hearing a voice describe that there are three people reading magazines and that the menu on the table has a special on French onion soup.
We are working closely with the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind to understand their needs and gain valuable experience in the field. We are looking for many volunteers (students?!) to volunteer some time (2-5 hours per week, flexible) to use our crowd-sourcing solution to help the blind users. This way we will be able to gather relevant and useful information about the usage and test our artificial intelligence of the crowd-sourcing solution we are building. Any help in this area would be greatly appreciated.
Aakash Polra (Team Captain)
Jade Tan Swea Phin
What if a smart web solution could eradicate unemployment?
Project Silver Bullet aims to indirectly reduce poverty by tackling unemployment through streamlining current governmental and loan microcredit initiatives using a single software product. It also aims to support and foster a sense of empowerment among employment hunters to ensure that the work cycle is sustainable and robust.
Libin Joseph (Team Captain)
Minh Cat Vo