If you've been following the news, the Microsoft ImagineCup USA 2011 competition came to an end. Student innovators from all over the United States flew out to Redmond, WA to meet with other teams and to find out who would be the finalists in different categories of the competition (Software Design, Game Development and Mobile). Today, at 5:51PM PST the second round finalists were announced. Here is the list:
Software Design Finalists
School(s): UCLA Anderson School of Management, Harvard Business School, University of Central Florida, University of California, Davis
Project: mobile diagnostic solution for malaria patients.
School: Arizona State University
Project description: Custom-designed pan/tilt/zoom camera and a Tablet PC that supports both pen and multi-touch input that form an assistive instrument for legally blind students.
Schools: Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Central Connecticut State University
Project description: An app that registers women to automatically receive text-message reminders for all ANC appointments and infant vaccinations, also facilitating patient registration within a nascent electronic medical record system and increases CHWs’ efficiency and effectiveness by enabling them to designate which patients lack access to the PHC and to automatically receive reminders for these patients’ care on Windows Phone 7.
Team Uca Ursus
School: University of Central Arkansas
Project description: Application for millions of people who suffer from skin cancer.
Game Design PC/Xbox
School: Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
Project description: A game that teaches players about sustainability and environment protection.
Team Plump Pixel
School: California State University, ChicoProject description: Green World - an epic educational game blended with real time strategy and simulation. In Green World, the 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 and free of pollution.
Team Righteous Noodle
School: University of HoustonProject description: A game where the player controls a small force assigned to conduct humanitarian mission near Sumatra, Indonesia.
School: Lick-Wilmerding High SchoolProject description: A game where the player takes on the role of the leader of the World Health Organization. With the help of advisors, it is up to the player to save the world from a worldwide epidemic.
School: University of Houston
Project description: A game where the player (a young agent with the US Environmental Protection Agency) has been assigned the objective of cleaning up rivers polluted by their adjacent cities.
Team Big Impact Bear
School: University of Houston
Project description: A game that focuses on a researcher deep in the Amazon rainforest.
School: Arizona State UniversityProject description: Word Mine - a game where the player with a honeycomb-like pattern of mine carts will be able to compose words in a fun manner.
Schools: University of Louisville, Columbia College ChicagoProject description: Pandemic - an AIDS-based tower defense game educating users about AIDS while submersing them in a fun, addicting game with high entertainment value.
Congratulations to all teams for their great work! The final drawing will happen on Monday, when the definite winners will be announced.
ImagineCup will once again be organized next year, so if you want to participate it is a good idea to start planning your projects now. You can stay up-to-date with everything that is happening in the context of ImagineCup by visiting the official ImagineCup Facebook page.