The Microsoft Imagine Cup Gulf Finals was held at the American University in Dubai on Monday, April 25, 2011.  The competition was fierce with 10 teams from across the Gulf competing to advance to the next round.  The winning team from each country qualifies for the Microsoft Worldwide Imagine Cup Finals in New York City, July 8 – 13. 

With 4 teams from Kuwait, 3 teams from Oman and 3 teams from the UAE, this year’s competition was intense! The teams showcased technology with the goal of “solving the world’s toughest problems.”  Their presentations were innovative and creative while still applicable to the real world. 

The judging criterion for the competition was very specific and included the following categories:

  10% - Problem Definition

  35% - Solution Design & Innovation

  30% - Technical Architecture & User Experience

  15% - Business Viability

  10% - Presentation

The top spot went to Edunlogy, from Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.  Their innovative project, “Help Me Educate Others” would allow people to track their donations online to promote transparency and encourage others to donate.  The second place team was the SWAP Team from the American University of Kuwait.  They presented the impressive “Revolutionary Reporting System,” which allows the average citizen to report accidents, environmental hazards, theft and medical emergencies with simple image reporting software that uses the geographic location tagging on images to make reporting efficient.  Third place went to the Hex Pistols Team from the University of Wollongong in Dubai.  This one person team created “momEcare” as an application using a mobile phone to assist medical staff in underdeveloped regions. 

Team Explorers were chosen as the best Mobile Application Development category for their project “touch.edu.”  These students from University of Sharjah and University of Wollongong in Dubai presented an amazing application provides a suite of educational games and applications that integrate latest touch and augmented reality-based technologies for disabled children. 

We congratulate all the 10 teams for their superior performance at the Imagine Cup Gulf Competition!  The students on every team truly presented top-notch projects making our collective future look bright indeed.  Thank you all for your tireless efforts, hard work, dedication, and professionalism!