S. Somasegar is the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. Learn more about Somasegar.
This is the theme for the Imagine Cup 2006 - Imagine a world where technology enables us to lead healthier lives.
I am sitting here currently in one of the final sessions where the final 6 teams from around the world in the Software Design category are making their project presentations.
The first team today demonstrated an end-to-end solution that enables patients to be able to easily monitor their data as well as report appropriately to their next of kin (particularly in the case of kids and older people who are likely dependent on others).
The second team demonstrated a solution where blind people can get directions to their destination. Actually, one of the team members wore a blind-fold and demonstrated how he can navigate from one end of the room to another.
As I sit here and think about what these students have been able to accomplish, it is heart-warming and exciting. I was thinking back to what kinds of things I was doing hwen I was 20 years old, and I can tell you that I fall short by a mile of what these students are doing today.
I traveled over 10,000 miles to come see the students and their work and each and every mile has been very worth seeing the students' talent, passion and creativity and output.
All of this reminds me of a famous Arabian proverb - he who has health has hope; he who has hope has everything.