Compassionate Coding: Students Compete in Microsoft Competition to Write Humanitarian Apps [Slide Show]
At Microsoft's Eighth Annual Imagine Cup finals this week, 400 students from the around the world presented software that, among other things, improves health care delivery, aids rescue workers and tackles traffic jams
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MAMA-BEAR Singapore's Team Mama-Bear—Wei Hao Kwan, Kang Long Trex Lim, Li Ping Debbie Lim, Satrughan Kumar Singh—presented their project, Teacher's Think Tank (T3), a Web site and SMS system that provides a support network for teachers. The goals: improve the quality of teaching in schools through harnessing the collective wisdom of the online community; motivate teachers to improve their teaching methods; and reduce the rate of attrition and repetition in primary schools.
INTEROPERABILITY AWARD The Interoperability Award is designed to recognize the software application that best integrates Microsoft technologies with other technologies to connect people, data or diverse systems in a new way. Jamaica's Team Xormis [
center] won first place in this category for a program that matches problems (for example, earthquakes and other natural disasters) with the right solution providers. Brazil's Uptiva Dreams IT [ right] took second place, whereas Indonesia's Chandradimuka [ left] took third. © MICROSOFT
PROJECT ROBONANNY Russia's Team MCPU—Alexey Kashcheev, Yuremkov Victoz and Ekaterina Frolova—developed Project Robonanny as a way to integrate information and robotic technologies with the best teaching strategies for training and educating children.
ELECTRONIC MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTHCARE HANDBOOK Japan's Team CLFS, Yuki Aruga [
left] and Lydia Ling [ right], created a project called "The Electronic Maternal and Child Healthcare Handbook," which is an embedded device based on the functions in Japan's "Maternal and Child Healthcare Handbook" and includes additional functions, such as a simple medical checkup system. © MICROSOFT Advertisement
THINK GREEN Croatia's Think Green team designed a system to bring technology and knowledge to farmers to help them increase food production. The system developed by Ivana Bilus (pictured) and her teammates is used for monitoring and regulating conditions in a greenhouse.
U.K.'S TEAM EYESIGHT Team eyeSight developed Senses, an augmented reality system for blind and partially sighted people that incorporates visual, tactile and audio interfaces. Senses uses Windows Embedded, mobile and cloud technologies.
THAILAND'S TEAM SKEEK Team Skeek—Krithee Sirisith, Pichai Sodsai, Thanasunn Dilokpinitnun, Nonthawat Srichad—from Thailand took home the grand prize of $25,000 in the Software Design category for eyeFeel, which allows hearing-impaired people to communicate with others via an augmented-reality environment. It combines speech and face recognition, converts it to English from text, and generates virtual conversation text balloons and sign language animation in real time.
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