imaginecup_logoCongratulations to Team USA who will join the 124 teams from 73 countries and regions, all of whom will make their way to New York City for the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals this July! With projects ranging from helping provide better drinking water worldwide to addressing disease and disaster relief, these students are changing the world.

Starting with more than 350,000 students from more than 183 countries who registered to compete this year, these high school and university students truly represent the best of the best from around the globe.

Stay tuned for the launch of the Worldwide People’s Choice Award in coming weeks, where you will be able to learn more about each finalist project and vote for your favorite at www.imaginecup.com.

Worldwide Finalists

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.

For more information about the finalists, see Taking Innovation to the Next Level: Announcing the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finalists!

Imagine Cup 2011 Theme

Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.

Student entries from around the world are based on the Millennium Development Goals, which were agreed upon by 189 nations around the world more than nine years ago. They encompass universally accepted human rights such as freedom from hunger, the right to basic education, the right to health, and a responsibility to future generations. Now less than four years from the date of 2015 by which the Millennium Development Goals are to be achieved, it's time we made a difference.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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