American University of Sharjah wins Imagine Cup 2014 UAE semi-finals
Competition calls for real solutions to world problems
April 22, 2014 10:01 by kippreport
Microsoft UAE in collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology held the Imagine Cup 2014 semi-finals for the UAE region on April 21, 2014. Team I Connect from the American University of Sharjah was announced as the winner out of five 20-minute presentations. The team developed a mobile solution that can monitor the state of mind of completely paralysed patients. The phone can identify the patient’s emotions such hunger or pain, and doctors can check and refresh the status at any time.
The judging panel comprised renowned industry experts such as Alexandar Williams, director of strategy and policy division for Dubai SME, and Samer Geissah, vice-president of consumer home and multimedia services for du.
This was the 12th edition of Imagine Cup and its third year in the UAE. Teams comprising four members, aged between 16 to 26 years were challenged to develop innovative projects and present real world solutions to world problems. Since September 2013, 17 projects were submitted from seven universities cross the UAE, out of which five made it to the semi-finals. The two winning teams will represent the UAE in Qatar for the pan-Arab semi-finals taking place from May 31 to June 4 and then the winners will go to the worldwide finals to be held in Seattle later in July.
Last year’s winners were from Ajman University. Their project called “H.E.A.R” was an innovative robot and Windows Phone application designed to assist with lecture capturing for universities worldwide. The team is competing this year as well with another creative project in the pipeline.
Michael Mansour, DPE Lead of Microsoft Gulf says: “The students participating in this competition demonstrate the very best in innovation and together are creating new apps, innovations and services that will change the way the world works, interacts and learns.”
Dr Saoud Al Mulla, director of Higher Colleges of Technology, adds: “The commitment of the students towards their respective teams and projects demonstrates that these students are finding ways to address everyday problems through technology and are trying to make the world a better place.”
Imagine Cup focuses on preparing these students to be young entrepreneurs in the global marketplace. Through the Microsoft BizSpark programme, Imagine Cup participants can also launch start-up businesses in their communities and across the web.