195759_141882375844770_8370842_nYou can vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Awards chosen for the United States finalists in Imagine Cup. The finalists represent the top students applying innovation in business, technology, digital media, and more to real-world challenges.

Vote each day until April 9 and return to find the winners on April 11. Just a few votes separate the top places. You can make an impact by voting today.

Cast your vote, and pre-register for the 2012 contest to be eligible to win a Kinect for Xbox 360.

The finalists go on to attend the Worldwide Finals to be held in New York this year.

Current Leaders in Software Design

Team BearPaw from Brigham Young University. Mobile Ultrasound is a solution that uses cloud-computing services for the storage and image processing of ultrasound images, input of patient info, and ability to upload to a server for future processing and retrieval.

NoteTaker from Arizona State University. We are developing an assistive technology called the Note-Taker to help low-vision and legally blind students take notes in their secondary and post-secondary classrooms as quickly (and with the same ease) as their fully-sighted peers.

LifeCode from BT Americas – Business Services Group, Wayne State University, University of Michigan. Procūr is the intelligent humanitarian supply chain of the future. With advanced resource analytics, system-aided decisions and increased responsiveness, this system solution adapts to the changing landscape of resource inventory in disasters.

Transit Trackers Arizona State University-Tempe. Transit Tracker is a web and mobile app for tracking modes of public transportation. A strong emphasis of the project is to provide a non-invasive assistive technology tool for visually impaired transit users.

TTHV Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Central Connecticut State University. Remindavax is a health care solution that improves patient attendance for maternal and child healthcare as well as helping community health workers organize their village visits to ensure patients who cannot access the health centers get needed care. 

MachineHead University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Central Arkansas. Our project provides an assistive technology to help children with learning disabilities by converting any source of text to an animation face who speaks the information.

Lifelens Anderson School of Management, Harvard School of Business, University of California San Diego, University of California Davis, University of Central Florida. Lifelens introduces an innovative point-of-care smartphone application to address child mortality rates caused by the lack of detection and availability of treatment for malaria.

Uca Ursus University of Central Arkansas. Our project focuses on a skin cancer diagnostic application which will allow people to self-monitor their diagnosed skin by their cell phones from time to time.

Voltron University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Our application takes information collected from parents of children who have cancer and/or the doctors who are treating them, so that a database is created that can be data mined to find hidden links between cancer causes.

Drexel Dragons Drexel University. Our project provides accountability, transparency, and reliability to community health workers surveying patients in Africa. Results can even be uploaded to the cloud and mapped, to see trends like emerging diseases. 

Current Leaders in Game Design

  • Bloom Tribeca Flashpoint Academy. Spero is about making a difference one step at a time. Players help find alternative energy solutions, keep the environment clean and educate people on how to live healthier lives.
  • Team Mintrus California Institute of the Arts, University of Louisville. Pandemic is a tower defense game that acts as a conduit in the education and prevention of AIDS. Players of Pandemic are submersed into the human body where they assume the role of the immune system in a battle against AIDS.
  • Geek League New York University. A strange boy teleports you to the future where you find the world has turned into a decrepit slum. The kid warns that if you continue to be passive towards your world, this is its future. It is up to you to change the tides of fate.
  • STC University of Houston. Deep Sea is a game that protects the ocean environment and promotes innovation in defending an oil rig when encountering such dangers as: tsunami, inclement weather, accidental explosion, or malicious group attacking.
  • Big Impact Bear University of Houston. Forest Gun aims to prevent and reverse deforestation in the world. The forests are in danger because of unregulated logging companies
  • Righteous Noodle University of Houston. Our project is Eva Frontier- a real time strategy game that challenges players to end poverty through the use of advanced technologies.
  • EDO Arizona State University. Word Mine is a simple and fun word game for Windows Phone 7. The game focuses on fast word recognition for a variety of different languages. Our goal is to assist users in learning new words for whichever language they choose, while having fun. 
  • XozGaming Lick-Wilmerding High School. Strain is a Windows real time strategy game where you defend the world against a global pandemic.
  • Team AAMP University of Houston. Trash Boy, an amazing new Windows 7 Phone game that follows the journey of the adventurous and environmentally-conscious Trash Boy!
  • Team Inspiration University of California Riverside. Our project tackles environmental sustainability issues introduced by the United Nations Millennium Development Goal. The game “Operation Clean Sweep” is intended to raise the game players’ awareness of water pollution
  • SDEG San Antonio College, Texas A&M University, University of Texas San Antonio. Renuvia is a game where the user battles polluters with green technologies and promotes recycling. In the game, the user battles all over the planet to stop a wasteful company from destroying it.
  • Plump Pixel California State University Chico. Green World is an educational game with real time strategy where a player takes on the role of a city planner whose responsibility is to provide a sustainable level of energy to their city while keeping the environment clean.

About Imagine Cup

Imagine Cup is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft. The competition brings together young technologists worldwide to help resolve some of the world's toughest challenges. The Imagine Cup comprises five major technology competitions, including Software Design, and four challenges (although the challenge number is updated annually). All Imagine Cup competitors create projects that address the Imagine Cup theme: “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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