The Worldwide finalists for all categories of the Imagine Cup are out and you can read all of the amazing projects at the Imagine Cup Blog. There are 124 teams from 73 countries and regions making their way to New York City this July.  With projects ranging from helping provide better drinking water worldwide to addressing disease and disaster relief, these students are changing the world.  I’m a little biased of course and I am seriously routing for the US teams who I have listed below. Teams in Software Design, Windows Phone development, game design (two teams in different sub categories) and a really cool project in the Embedded Development category. We’re looking good! 

Team

School

Category

Project

Note-Taker

Arizona State University

Software Design

A portable device that helps visually-impaired students by utilizing a touch-based tablet connected to a camera that shows the whiteboard on one half of the screen and allows notes to be taken on the other half.

 

Syntax Errors

Santiago Canyon College

Embedded Development

This self-contained mobile workstation based on an embedded RTOS platform and managed code application allows emergency workers to track assets such as medical suppliers, water, food, and personnel in real time during emergency relief efforts.

 

Lifelens

UCLA, University of California, Davis, Harvard, University of Central Florida

Windows Phone 7

Lifelens is an innovative point-of-care tool to diagnose malaria using an augmented mobile smartphone application. The project addresses the unacceptably high child mortality rates caused by the lack of detection and availability of treatment of malarial diseases

Dragon

Rice University

Game Design (Windows/Xbox)

Azmo the Dragon is a game that helps children learn about their asthma as they play as a dragon who destroys civilizations.

ICsquared

 

Ithaca College

Game Design (Web)

The project aims at inspiring players to take real world actions. The main part of the game focuses on recycling rubbish, gathering experience and taking quests.

No matter where in the world you are from though you can probably leave words of encouragement for finalists from your part of the world on the Microsoft Imagine Cup Facebook wall!

  • This year, students registered from 183 countries.
  • We have finalists from countries ranging from New Zealand to Nigeria and Ukraine to the United Kingdom.
  • One of the interesting regions well represented among those international teams is the Middle East – with teams from Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Cyprus, Tunisia and more.
  • The Worldwide Finals will be in New York City, July 8-13, the first time ever in the United States.

And if you are staying for day three of the CSTA CS & IT Conference you can be a big part of our final day celebration with a lot of surprises beyond just the chance to meet some world changing students.