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  • Microsoft Imagine Cup 2008 Encourages Students to Think Green

    Posted by sumeethevans on December 12 2007, 9:40 PM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    Imagine a world where technology solves a country’s water shortage, provides a cleaner source of fuel or reduces the demand for energy. Imagine coming up with a concept that could help solve some of the world’s biggest environmental issues and winning big for coming up with the idea. Students interested in saving the environment while earning cash and traveling to great places can get involved by entering the Imagine Cup 2008. Microsoft Corp. has opened registration for the competition, inviting students from the United States and around the world to use their talent, imagination and know-how to address those and other sustainability issues.

    Now in its sixth year, the Imagine Cup challenges students around the globe to imagine a world made better by technology and created by their talent and innovation. More than 100,000 students from 100 countries competed in last year’s Imagine Cup. This year, Microsoft hopes to top that, calling on students to go green, dream big and rise to the challenge to “imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.” After advancing through online, local and regional competitions, finalists will be chosen to compete on the global stage at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Paris next summer. There, students will have a shot at winning more than $180,000 (U.S.) across nine categories.

    But the Imagine Cup doesn’t just give students the chance to win money; it also can help kick-start their career. A number of Imagine Cup competitors have gone on to turn their software designs into real-world business realities, including Imagine Cup winner Tu Nguyen of Omaha, Nebraska, who is now the vice president of technology at DocCenter Inc., a Software as a Service (SaaS) content and document management solution provider.

    “After the Imagine Cup, things started to click for me because people see the potential in the student,” Nguyen said. “It’s not about the grades anymore. It’s about what the student can imagine and deliver.”

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  • Microsoft Announces Imagine Cup 2007 Winners

    Posted by bink on August 10 2007, 3:49 PM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    Thailand team named software design champions; torch passes to France for Imagine Cup 2008.

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the winners of Imagine Cup 2007, after a week of intense competition among finalists chosen from a pool of more than 100,000 students from over 100 countries. Prachaya Phaisanwiphatpong, Vasan Chienmaneetaweesin, Jatupon Sukkasem, Pathompol Saeng-Uraiporn from Thailand’s Team 3KC Returns/Project LiveBook! celebrated their first-place finish in the worldwide Software Design Invitational and were awarded a $25,000 cash prize. Imagine Cup, the world’s premier competition for technology students, gives students the chance to unlock their creative genius and build solutions that tackle real-world issues facing society today.

    “Imagine Cup provides a forum for university students around the world to explore new ways to use the power of software to help address some of the world’s toughest problems,” said Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft. “The high caliber of the students and their projects is an indication of their potential to become great business and technology leaders, and a hint at how a new generation of innovations can have a lasting and transformative impact on education and beyond.”

    The 55 software design finalist teams created applications using the Microsoft® platform and Microsoft tools based on the Imagine Cup competition theme: “Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all.”

    A total of 344 students from 112 teams representing 59 countries were ultimately selected to participate in worldwide Imagine Cup finals in nine categories: Software Design, Embedded Development, Web Development, Project Hoshimi (Programming Battle), IT Challenge, Algorithm, Photography, Short Film and Interface Design. The student teams were asked to undertake a series of challenges relating to multimedia or technology depending on the invitational.

    The winners were announced in a gala awards ceremony earlier this afternoon during the Imagine Cup World Festival, a celebration drawing Imagine Cup competitors, mentors and other key attendees. It featured keynote addresses from dignitaries including Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan, assistant director-general for Communication and Information at UNESCO. “Imagine Cup is truly a global contest of software creation, capturing not only the spirit of competition, but also the broader goal of tackling development challenges through innovation,” Khan said. “We recognize the importance of developing ICT expertise among young people throughout the world. By challenging students to develop working solutions to development challenges, Imagine Cup allows new ideas and new economic opportunities to flourish.”

    The following are the top three finalists by invitational in finishing order:

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  • Young Entrepreneurs Showcase Innovation at 2007 Imagine Cup

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 6 2007, 6:19 PM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    This year more than 100,000 students from 100 countries took part in the world’s premier student technology competition, the Imagine Cup. The competition is culminating this week with the Worldwide Finals in Seoul, Korea, where nearly 350 students from 59 countries are competing.

    This annual competition is one way Microsoft challenges students to use the magic of technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. This year Microsoft called on young programmers, artists and technologists around the globe to “Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all.” Entries were considered in the categories of technology solutions, skills challenges and digital arts.

    “The Imagine Cup epitomizes Microsoft’s belief in inspiring the next generation of technology, business and entrepreneurial leaders,” says Joe Wilson, Microsoft’s director of academic initiatives. “These are the best and the brightest student minds from around the world. The solutions they have built to compete in the Imagine Cup can literally make a difference in the world.”

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  • Microsoft’s Imagine Cup calling for Aussie submissions

    Posted by spy on April 18 2007, 3:27 PM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    Microsoft is urging Australian university students to promptly submit entries to its Imagine Cup competition for a chance to showcase their talents globally and win a share of the US$170 000 in prizes. In its fifth year, the competition has so far attracted more than 150 Australian registrations plus 100,000 students worldwide, all competing for a place in the South Korean finals. Ben English, technical audience manager at Microsoft Australia said for the first time Microsoft will be providing additional local mentoring to help develop student projects.“Finalists get to work with the local Australian industry about taking their ideas commercial. We also want to encourage students to develop the networks and motivation to enter the business world,” said English. According to English, over the past three years the competition has received a growth in enthusiasm and involvement from Australian partners and universities. Continue At Source
  • Microsoft Announces Kickoff to Imagine Cup 2007, World’s Premier Student Technology Competition

    Posted by spy on November 8 2006, 2:21 PM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 7, 2006 — Imagine a world where technology enables the blind to overcome obstacles; a world where mobile devices actively link doctors with their patients; a world where students explore, engage and interact regardless of geography. More than 65,000 students from 100 countries competed in Microsoft Corp.’s Imagine Cup 2006 competition, using their technology skills and talent to address these and many other health issues.

    Now in its fifth year, Imagine Cup continues to challenge students around the globe to imagine a better world empowered by technology and created by their talent and innovation. Today Microsoft opened registration for Imagine Cup 2007, extending an invitation to the most talented students from all over the world to embark on the challenge to “Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all.”

    Students will compete in nine categories spanning software design and short film to challenges involving algorithms and programming. Students’ work will reflect valuable, real-world solutions that address the pressing global issue of education while giving them the opportunity to compete for generous cash prizes.

    “Imagine Cup, the world’s premiere student technology competition, represents the next generation of technology and business leaders,” said Joe Wilson, director of academic initiatives in the Server and Tools Business Division at Microsoft. “The students’ creativity and passion speaks volumes about the promise of technology to really make a difference in peoples’ everyday lives, in the way we think, and in how we work and communicate. For Microsoft, this is another opportunity for us to highlight the necessity of supporting student talent in science and technology for future progress in industry.”

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  • Microsoft Announces Imagine Cup 2006 Winners

    Posted by spy on August 13 2006, 4:41 PM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    DELHI, India — Aug. 11, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the winners of Imagine Cup 2006, after a week of intense competition among finalists chosen from a pool of more than 65,000 students from over 100 countries. Giorgio Sardo, Massimo Paternoster, Silvia Perrone and Andrea Sossich from Team Even .ctor from Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, celebrated their first-place finish in the worldwide Software Design Invitational and were awarded a $25,000 cash prize. The Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s premier competition for technology students, provides a forum to encourage creative and technological innovations among university students worldwide. “These projects demonstrate the power of software to address real-world problems, and I’m so impressed by the high levels of technical innovation that these students achieved in their work,” said Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, who met several student teams in Redmond, Wash., earlier this year as they prepared for the India competition. “This year’s Imagine Cup participants all share a commitment to improving people’s lives that is very inspiring. They represent the next generation of business and technology leaders, and their creativity and passion are reasons for us all to be optimistic about the future.” The 42 software design finalist teams created a software application using Microsoft® technology and Microsoft .NET Web Services based on the Imagine Cup competition theme: “Imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives.” A total of 181 students from 72 teams representing 42 countries were ultimately selected to participate in worldwide Imagine Cup finals in six categories: Software Design, Algorithm, IT, Short Film, Interface Design and Project Hoshimi (Programming Battle). The student teams were asked to undertake a series of challenges relating to multimedia or technology depending on the invitational.The winners were announced in a gala awards ceremony earlier this afternoon during the Imagine Cup World Festival, a celebration drawing the Imagine Cup competitors, mentors and other key attendees including a keynote address from Kapil Sibal, cabinet minister of science and technology for the government of India. Speaking at the event, Sibal said, “I am so delighted to be amidst some of the brightest young minds from across the globe. In them I see the future, the next phase of technology revolution, and the desire to make the world a better place not just for themselves but for others too. And the role of governments and businesses is to make sure we provide them with those opportunities. Imagine Cup is one of those platforms, and I am glad India played host and hopefully not only inspired them but also learned from them.”The following are the top three finalists by invitational in finishing order:Software Design• 1st place: Italy. Even .ctor: Giorgio Sardo, Massimo Paternoster, Silvia Perrone and Andrea Sossich• 2nd place: Brazil. Team Trivial: Carlos Eduardo Monteiro Rodrigues, Ivan Cordeiro Cardim and Madson Menezes Costa• 3rd place: Norway. Team NTNU, Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Gøran Hansen, Hans Olav Norheim and Jonas Follesø Algorithm • 1st place: Poland. Piotr Marek Mikulski• 2nd place: Poland. Przemysław Dębiak• 3rd place: Poland. Tomasz Blajek IT • 1st place: Austria. Andreas Tomek• 2nd place: Romania. Valerica Greavu-Serban• 3rd place: France. Daniel Boteanu Short Film • 1st place: Canada. Team Forest: Sam Chow, Nick Haffie-Emslie, Ryan Marr and Meg Majewski • 2nd place: Poland. Team Skylined: Jacek Barcikowski and Julia Górniewicz• 3rd place: USA. Team LCL: Scott Lynch, Zach Lynch and Cam Crosson Interface Design• 1st place: Brazil. Team Virtual Dreams: Roberto Sonnino and Eduardo Sonnino • 2nd Place: China. Team Frontfree Studio-MISG: Wang Guojing and Sang Yingshuo • 3rd place: India. Team Avengers: Mohit Bhargava and Mitushi Jain Project Hoshimi (Programming Battle)• 1st place: France. Team Atomnium: Manon Gaucher and Flavien Charlon • 2nd place: Republic of Serbia. Team R.A.F: Igor Kabiljo and Uroš Rajkovic• 3rd place: France. Team Lya: Laure Portet and Régis Hanol  The Imagine Cup, now in its fourth year, is a competition designed to provide an outlet for students to explore technological and artistic interests outside the classroom. It challenges students to imagine a better world enabled by their own genius, creativity and energy, and provides opportunities for participation in the future of technology, software and computing. Teams develop innovative projects that offer practical applicability and present real-world solutions to real-world problems.Korea will host the Imagine Cup 2007 in Seoul.
  • Six Imagine Cup Finalists Take the Next Step to Becoming Entrepreneurs

    Posted by spy on August 13 2006, 4:38 PM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    DELHI, India — Aug. 11, 2006 — Six 2006 Imagine Cup World Festival finalists will soon be one step closer to turning their software solutions into business realities. Six teams have been awarded in-depth business and technology training as part of the Imagine Cup Innovation Accelerator program, to be co-sponsored by Microsoft Corp. and BT.

    The six teams chosen to participate in the Imagine Cup Innovation Accelerator program are the following:

    Italy. Even .ctor: Giorgio Sardo, Massimo Paternoster, Silvia Perrone and Andrea Sossich

    Brazil. Team Trivial: Carlos Eduardo Monteiro Rodrigues, Ivan Cordeiro Cardim and Madson Menezes Costa

    Norway. Team NTNU: Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Gøran Hansen, Hans Olav Norheim and Jonas Follesø

    China. Frontfree Studio-MISG: Zhang Zheng, Wu Ge, Chen Chen and Cui Can

    Germany. Trailblazers — A Pathfinding Community: Mark Thomé, Martin Stein, Sven Stegelmeier and Piotr Wendt

    Croatia. EKG.Net: Miroslav Novak, Marko Oreškovic, Zlatko Stapic and Marko Velic

    “The Imagine Cup is inspiring a new generation of technology leaders to apply their imagination and skills to make a difference in the world,” said Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft. “The Innovation Accelerator works to make this happen in a very tangible way by providing students with the business training they need to take the first step into entrepreneurship.”

    “These students have demonstrated an amazing combination of creativity and passion for using technology to solve real-world problems,” said Dr. Sinclair Stockman, president, Systems and Security, BT Global Services. “Worldwide competitions like the Imagine Cup allow students to break through technology boundaries, and the Imagine Cup Innovation Accelerator gives these students the opportunity to go even further with their software solutions.”

    The student teams received this honor earlier today as part of the 2006 Imagine Cup World Festival closing ceremonies. After a week of competition against a total of 42 finalist teams chosen from a pool of more than 65,000 students from over 100 countries, the six teams going on to the Innovation Accelerator will spend two weeks in January further developing their solutions while working closely with some of the best minds from Microsoft and BT. The software design finalist teams created software applications using Microsoft® technology and .NET Web services that captured the Imagine Cup competition theme: “Imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives.”

    The Imagine Cup, now in its fourth year, is a competition designed to provide an outlet for students to explore technological and artistic interests outside the classroom. It challenges them to imagine a better world enabled by their own genius, creativity and energy, and provides opportunities to help define the future of technology, software and computing. Teams develop innovative projects that offer practical applicability and present real-world solutions to real-world problems.

    The Imagine Cup Innovation Accelerator, now in its second year, is designed to provide business and technical training for students to help them turn winning business concepts into a business reality. Over an intensive two-week period, students will further develop their Imagine Cup-winning designs into potential must-have technology solutions of the future. Using agile methodology within a “hothouse” development environment, the teams will refine their software designs using the platform and network assets of BT and Microsoft. In addition, business experts will be on hand to help the students build a solid business proposition and plan to bring their ideas to market.

    One of the teams in the 2005 Innovation Accelerator program whose members have gone on to become entrepreneurs is Russia’s Team Inspiration, the winners of the 2005 Imagine Cup who have incorporated Musigy Inc. “During the Innovation Accelerator, we worked with a team of business experts who helped us work out the business model of our future company,” said Stan Vonog, one of Musigy’s founders. “Our participation in this program has brought new opportunities for our business that we would not have had otherwise.”

    Musigy (http://www.musigy.com) enables musicians to plug their instrument into a computer and be connected to other musicians all over the world, perform live in a distributed environment, and share the real-time performance broadly via Internet Protocol multicasting. The team has formed an international advisory board made up of music industry and business and technology leaders to chart the company’s course for future success. Musigy has filed two patents in both the United States and Russia and is in talks with several venture capital firms to secure additional investment to ensure Musigy’s continued growth.

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  • Microsoft’s Imagine Cup: Transforming Today’s Students into Tomorrow’s IT Entrepreneurs

    Posted by bink on August 8 2006, 1:59 AM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    Students who participate in Microsoft’s technology competition imagine a better world enabled by their own genius, creativity and energy.

    For many students who participate in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup competition, the experience extends beyond the classroom and becomes a launch pad for a career in information technology. In its fourth year, Imagine Cup is a worldwide technology competition designed to provide opportunities for university students to help define the future of technology, software and computing by designing software with real-world applicability.

    This week, winning teams from around the world compete in the Worldwide Imagine Cup Finals in India, with this year’s winners being announced at a ceremony on Aug. 11. In India, 72 teams comprised of 181 students representing 42 countries are competing. Those competing in India were chosen from a pool of more than 65,000 students from more than 100 countries. The competition will conclude with a formal flag-passing from India to Korea, which will host the competition in 2007.

    If this year’s participants follow in the footsteps of previous competitors, the awards celebration could very well be the beginning of something big.

    Tu Nguyen, for example, was a member of the winning team in 2003. Today, he’s vice president of technology with DocCenter, an Omaha, Neb.-based company specializing in design and delivery of content management technologies.

    And Styliani Taplidou, along with the other members of the Greek team that took third place in the 2004 Imagine Cup, have raised more than €500,000 (approximately US$630,000) to help transform the team’s “SmartEyes” application into a viable product that will benefit visually impaired people worldwide.

    Connecting Disparate Worlds

    Joe Wilson (right), Director of Academic Initiatives for Microsoft, and Sheila Gulati, Director of Developer and Platform Evangelism for Microsoft India announce the start of the of the Imagine Cup 2006 competition, in which 181 students from 72 teams representing 42 different countries will participate. Agra, India, August 9, 2006.
    Joe Wilson (right), Director of Academic Initiatives for Microsoft, and Sheila Gulati, Director of Developer and Platform Evangelism for Microsoft India announce the start of the of the Imagine Cup 2006 competition, in which 181 students from 72 teams representing 42 different countries will participate. Agra, India, August 9, 2006.

    When Nguyen entered the Imagine Cup competition, he didn’t have a suit, a PowerPoint presentation or even a vague notion of winning. But, based on the experience of working in his family’s restaurant, the University of Nebraska student had an idea – and it turned out to be a winning one.

    “I wasn’t a developer, but I turned to the Microsoft .NET Framework for Web Services because my parents needed a better way for American-born waiters to communicate with the Vietnamese chefs in the kitchen,” says Nguyen, who came to the U.S. from Vietnam 13 years ago with his family. “Having restaurant workers who speak both languages is helpful when the chefs do not speak English, but bilingual workers can be hard to find. Also, I saw mistakes occur in the ordering process.” Continue At Source

  • Microsoft Imagine Cup 2006 Image Gallery

    Posted by bink on June 29 2006, 10:52 AM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    Computer-science students representing Microsoft Imagine Cup 2006 winning teams from seven world regional finals -- U.K., U.S., Germany, Brazil, South Korea, India and Japan -- visited Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., to share their software applications with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie and Corporate Vice Presidents Sanjay Parthasarathy and S. Somasegar.

    The Imagine Cup, a worldwide technology competition for university students, provides opportunities for students to unlock their own genius and define the future of technology, software and computing by designing software with real world applicability. The 2006 Imagine Cup theme is “Imagine a world where technology allows us to live healthier lives.” The winning teams will compete in the Worldwide Imagine Cup Finals in India, August 6-12.

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  • Microsoft Announces Imagine Cup 2006 CEE Software Design Invitational Winners

    Posted by bink on May 11 2006, 10:58 PM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    Students from Central and Eastern Europe compete in Maribor, Slovenia, in the 2006 Imagine Cup regional finals.

    After three days of intense competition between 13 student teams from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Microsoft Corp today announced that first place in the Imagine Cup 2006 CEE regional finals was taken by the team from Slovenia. The winning team, together with the teams awarded second and third place, will represent the region in the Imagine Cup 2006 worldwide finals, to be held in Delhi, India, in August.

    Each year, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup invites students from across the globe to compete to deliver and showcase technology solutions that solve a particular challenge. The theme this year was “Imagine a world where technology helps us lead healthier lives”. The University of Maribor hosted 13 student teams and their mentors from across the CEE region. The team from Slovenia emerged as the winners of the regional finals, with second and third places taken by teams from Croatia and Poland. These three teams will travel to the worldwide finals in Delhi, India, for a chance to win funding to turn their competition entries into products that have the potential to be brought to market and applied to real global challenges.

    “We were impressed by the quality of the solutions and the innovation exhibited by the contestants this year,” said Wilfried Grommen, general manager, Business Strategy, Microsoft EMEA. “The Imagine Cup 2006 CEE regional final is evidence of the region’s capability for creating innovative solutions through the power of software, which could, potentially, be applied to real global challenges to change people’s lives for the better. Last year, teams from this region did extremely well in the global finals in Yokohama, Japan, and we are looking forward to a strong performance from the CEE region in India in August.

    “In addition, the Imagine Cup is offering students a platform beyond the boundaries of their university to show and share their creativity. This expands their horizon and could even improve their future career opportunities.“ Continue at source

  • Microsoft Announces Imagine Cup 2006 U.S. Software Design Invitational Winners

    Posted by bink on May 6 2006, 12:53 PM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    Student team from Virginia Commonwealth University to represent the U.S. at worldwide finals in Delhi, India.

    After an intense competition, William Calder, Joanne Cunningham, A. Brooks Hollar and Brandon Saunders from Virginia Commonwealth University emerged as the first-place team selected to represent the U.S. in the worldwide Software Design Invitational of Imagine Cup 2006, Microsoft’s premier competition for technology students. The Imagine Cup provides a stage for the creative and technological innovations of students worldwide. The Virginia Commonwealth University team received a cash award of $8,000 () and a trip to the worldwide finals in for a chance at more than $25,000 (U.S.) in total cash prizes. Microsoft awarded second place to Jeremy Capello, Michael Knipp and Tony Valenti from the University of Nebraska at and third place to Jeff Arrington, Danielle Oprean, Josh Rose and Dallas Tester from East Tennessee State University.

    “The students at this year’s Imagine Cup represent the next generation of technology and business leaders,” said Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of Developer and Platform Evangelism at Microsoft, whose team organizes the Imagine Cup. “Each team has created an application that demonstrates the power of software in solving real-world problems. Their creativity, innovation and commitment to improving people’s lives is inspiring, and speaks volumes about their futures and that of technology overall.”

    A total of 46 students from 13 teams were ultimately selected to participate in U.S. Imagine Cup finals after surviving two qualifying rounds of competition. The student teams were asked to create a software application using Microsoft® technology and .NET Web Services based on the Imagine Cup competition theme: “Imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives.” The following are the top three finalists in finishing order:

    First-place winner. William Calder, Joanne Cunningham, A. Brooks Hollar and Brandon Saunders from Virginia Commonwealth University have developed PocketDoc, an application that runs on mobile devices and actively links doctors and patients in a collaborative fashion. It allows doctors to see how their patients are adhering to their treatment guidelines; it also enables patients to be more responsible for their own treatment and puts more control in their hands, with regular alerts and notifications when medication needs to be taken or otherwise. The students received the U.S. National Champion title, a cash award of $8,000 (U.S.) to be shared equally among team members, and a trip to the worldwide finals in India. This is the second year in a row that a team from Virginia Commonwealth University has been named U.S. champion in the Imagine Cup.

    Second-place winner. Jeremy Capello, Michael Knipp and Tony Valenti from the University of Nebraska at Omaha have developed the Emergency Stick, a microchip bracelet that can hold critical medical history and provide emergency real-time feedback about recommended treatments. The bracelet, an encrypted USB device, is compatible with PDAs, cell phones, Tablet PCs and desktop computers. This bracelet can be synched with a desktop application to provide reminder capabilities that inform the user of key events, such as taking their medicine or eating a meal. The team received a cash award of $4,000 (U.S.).

    Third-place winner Jeff Arrington, Danielle Oprean, Josh Rose and Dallas Tester from East Tennessee State University have developed GenkiNet™, an easy-to-use home health monitoring system. It has been designed to read and store personal health information of the patient wirelessly for either personal or professional use. External health equipment such as pedometers and glucose monitors can connect and store information into the user’s personalized data system. With appropriate permissions, the user’s preferred health professional will have access to the user’s data system with up-to-the minute updates. The team received a cash award of $2,000 (U.S.).

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  • A team of finalists in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition has created an emergency health device.

    Posted by bink on May 5 2006, 6:24 PM. Posted in Imagine Cup.

    Tony Valenti, Jeremy Capello and Michael Knipp have a dream, one that is very personal.

    Each has family members facing health issues, including both of Capello’s parents. His dad has diabetes, and his mother has multiple sclerosis.

    So the three Nebraska residents came together to develop an idea that they feel will not only affect those closest to them, but provide a benefit for people all over the world.It’s called the Emergency Stick, a microchip bracelet that can hold critical medical history and provide emergency, real-time feedback about recommended treatments. The bracelet, an encrypted USB device, is compatible with PDAs, cell phones, Tablet PCs and desktop computers.

    “Anyone can benefit from this, from an elderly person with an extensive medical history to a kid with a peanut allergy,” says Valenti.

    Valenti and his colleagues will have a chance to demonstrate their idea this week at the U.S. Finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, held at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. Now in its fourth year, the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. It is designed to show students the real-world opportunities that are available through technology, and to have them develop projects that have practical applicability.

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