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!
Arizona State University
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.
Santiago Canyon College
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.
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
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.
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!