The journey to the Imagine Cup World Finals started way back in August, when students began forming their teams at schools all across the globe. Since then, they have poured their hearts and souls into their solutions and competed in dozens of National Finals, taking great projects from just an idea to competition-grade execution.
Following the intense Nigeria National Finals that took place in Lagos and other National Finals in various countries across the globe, more than 150 top teams from the National Finals events went on to the World Semifinals where they were judged by a global panel of MVPs, industry experts and Microsoft staff. The judges were asked to select only the best, most compelling projects from teams vying to move on to the World Finals, the final stage of the competition.
At the World Finals, the remaining teams will compete to be crowned as the champions in their respective categories and the chance to win $50,000. Then, one team will go on to win the coveted Imagine Cup and the grand prize, a private mentoring session with Microsoft's Chief Executive Officer, Satya Nadella.
35 teams across the globe will bring their unique visions for the future to Seattle to compete in the Imagine Cup World Finals from July 26 – 29, 2016.
I give you the World Finalist teams (according to the 3 categories) going to Seattle:
Yuuy (Country: Singapore) - Social Robot-Ruth is a Robot designed to assist seniors with medications, appointments and entertainment
Home Guardians (Country: Croatia) - Juvo Solution is leveraging smart sensors to make homes safer for children
DermaTrack (Country: Cyprus) - Cloud-powered mobile platform with tools for skin lesion tracking and melanoma detection
AMANDA (Country: Greece) - Intelligent ICT-based approach for bullying detection and intervention
MEDCases (Country: Hungary) - Virtual reality app designed to improve the safe and correct medical diagnosis of patients
PSYLLOSOFT (Country: Poland) - MATIA is a mobile device designed to help sight impaired people navigate their surroundings
BoneyCare (Country: China) - Cloud-powered app designed to treat speech impairments such as stuttering
VRMotion (Country: Germany) - VRMotion App designed to help stroke patients recover motor skills
Another Team (Country: Ecuador) - BrailLearn App that enables sighted and blind people to communicate
Eyeus (Country: Mexico) - dEYEgnostico App designed to provide medical diagnoses by scanning the human eye
The Humane Team (Country: Nigeria) - Humane Team App designed to help visually impaired navigate smartphones
Night’s Watch (Country: Tunisia) - Smart Hand: Prosthetic smart hand for those who have lost one or more limbs
iShoo (Country: Taiwan) - Asthma Keeper: Wearable spirometer and app for asthma patients
None Developers (Country: Indonesia) - Froggy and the Pesticide: Puzzle game designed to instill environmental awareness
PH21 (Country: Thailand) - 'Timelie' is a stealth puzzle game with unique gameplay
Tower Up (Country: Brazil) - 'Sonho de Jequi' is a game where the object is to collect as much water as possible
Vanguards (Country: Bahrain) - 'Apollo X' is a Horror game that uses virtual reality, biofeedback technology and a mobile phone
Digital Interactive (Country: South Africa) - 'Of Dragon and Sheep' is a 3D game where the hero saves sheep from dragons
Shooting Star Studios (Country: Spain) - 'The Void' is a Game where players must fight their fears to move forward
Infinite Pizza (Country: Russia) - Partycles, action-puzzle game designed to teach elementary particles and nuclear physics
Studio Attic (Country: South Korea) - Attic over Attic, Action game for kids aged 8-13
Sapient (Country: United Kingdom) - HexWorld, 3D adventure game featuring an interactive world
Black.ai (Country: Australia) - Ani, Computer vision and machine learning system that enables living spaces to react to how we use them
Clove (Country: New Zealand) - Online platform that connects consumers to home-chefs so they can access healthy food at take-out convenience
Bit Masters (Country: Sri Lanka) - AM Plus, a Low-cost, easy-to-use, intelligent digital signage platform
ENTy (Country: Romania) - Medical solution that tracks balance and posture
Octave (Country: France) - New, intuitive solution for learning to play piano
KinectGarten (Country: Hong Kong) - KinectGarten: App to help students do homework using interactive games
Axe Julius (Country: India) - Streamer App that distributes eBooks in a new and innovative way
Biomachine Industrial (Country: Japan) - Wearable device for visual extension triggered by bioelectrical signal
ImeiDB (Country: Guatemala) - ImeiDB App designed to help fight cell phone theft
Basilisk (Country: Tunisia) - ProtectMe Device designed to help patients monitor diabetes
Ladybug (Country: Turkey) - AnalytiKids Robot designed to help kids learn math and programming basics
Healthx (Country: United States) - Solution designed to help doctors and patients diagnose amblyopia
Dark Side Ducks (Country: Italy) - Moon Slice: Game controller designed for people with motor impairments
With all the impressive student innovation on display, this year’s Imagine Cup World Finals will be full of excitement. If you can't travel to Seatle to watch your favourite team present at the World Finals be sure to tune into the World Championship livestream at 9 a.m. PT on July 29 to catch all the action.