Yesterday was a big day for four teams from various institutions here in Singapore. Participating in the Software Design finals of the Singapore leg of Imagine Cup were teams Bliss-Zard (Nanyang Polytechnic), Credit Mobile (National University of Singapore), ElderGuardian (Temasek Polytechnic) and The Strides (Nanyang Polytechnic).
Team ElderGuardian took the first spot and will be heading to New York City this July to compete in the worldwide finals against other student teams from more than 100 countries and regions around the globe.
Called the Elder Rehabilitation and Support System (ERSS), the team’s application uses the Microsoft Kinect to aid the rehabilitation and recovery process for stroke patients. Team members include Satrughan Kumar Singh (“Sunny”), Ho Chee Boon, Wong Kin Seng, and Kim Arvin Galutera Evangelista.
They did an excellent job at presenting their idea and the demo went very well yesterday during the finals at the NTUC auditorium.
The winning team also won: 4 x XBOX 360 Kinect Bundle, 4 x Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000, 4 x Lifecam HD-5000, 4 x MSDNA Subscription worth more than $10,000 dollars each.
The first runners-up was Team Strides (gait tracker to prevent falls), followed by Team Bliss-Zard (communication for intellectually disabled) and Team Credit Mobile (mobile software for microfinance).
More on Imagine Cup, the premier student technology competition:
“Now in its ninth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to become a global competition, with more than 325,000 students representing 100 countries and regions entering the competition last year. The theme for the 2011 competition is “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.” The Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals will be held July 8 through 13 in New York — the first time the United States will host the final stage of the competition.
The Imagine Cup is one way that Microsoft is helping the students of today prepare for the jobs of tomorrow by generating excitement for science, technology, engineering, math and business. Through its process of working in a team environment, developing a complex project within a deadline and presenting a case to a panel of judges, the competition inspires students with a diverse array of backgrounds to gain critical skills for the future in collaboration, communications, critical thinking, citizenship and creative problem-solving. This year, more than 2,700 students in Singapore rose to the challenge to learn new skills and to make a difference in the world through Imagine Cup. Their submissions cover a wide range of topics that fit with this year’s theme “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”, which is drawn from the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The Imagine Cup has called on programmers, designers, and technologists to rise to this challenge and use these Development Goals as their inspiration.”
Singapore is also the host of the worldwide Software Development category and the Imagine Cup Software Development category is part of IDA’s National Infocomm Challenge series of competitions.
I first got to know of Imagine Cup last year when I was one of the judges in the Singapore semi-finals and worldwide finals. I’ve judged many competitions and Imagine Cup is one of my favourites because of the problems the teams try to solve. Last year and this year’s theme challenged the students to tackle the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals: (1) End poverty and hunger, (2) Universal Education, (3) Gender Equality and Empower Women, (4) Reduce Child Mortality, (5) Maternal Health, (6) Combat HIV/AIDS, (7) Environmental Sustainability, (8) Global Partnership.
Interestingly, Sunny from the winning Team ElderGuardian was also part of the team that represented Singapore at the worldwide finals in Warsaw, Poland last year.