Imagine Cup is celebrating its 15th year as Microsoft’s marquee global student technology competition. To celebrate the special anniversary, Microsoft doubled the top prize to $100,000 for the team that is crowned the next Imagine Cup Champion. Tens of thousands of students spent months developing their solutions, go-to-market plans and competing in National Finals across the globe. 54 teams from 39 countries were selected to compete in the World Finals event.
Today at the Finals event, Team X.GLU of the Czech Republic emerged as the 2017 Imagine Cup champions. The finals was judged by Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant, Harvard University computer science professor Dr. David Malan and Mark Russinovich, a Microsoft Technical Fellow and the chief technology officer for Azure. X.GLU’s project is designed to help diabetics better cope with the disease’s symptoms and it is built on Microsoft Azure platform.
In addition to the $100,000 cash prize, X.GLU can have a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, a $125,000 Azure Grant and a trip to the 2018 Build developer conference.
About their project:
The X.GLU is the smallest glucometer in the world. It has the size of a credit card and simply slips to your wallet or smartphone case. It requires no batteries and no wires to read the sugar level on your smartphone. As long as your smartphone is charged, the glucometer works. The device uses an ultraslim connector for a biomedical sensor paper. The read out data are hundred percent secure. The wireless link between the device and smartphone is ensured by the NFC technology. Unlike Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and similar wireless technology, the NFC cannot be sniffed from a distance larger than several inches. The measured values are displayed and stored in the smartphone. An encrypted connection to cloud may store your data in a cloud and make it available to your practician to provide instant feedback about the treatment process.
Team Oculogx from USA won the second place and they built a mixed reality app that uses HoloLens and Microsoft Azure to improve the experience for locating items in large warehouses. Team Nash of Argentina won the third place for their project which is a Azure-powered platform that uses drones to reduce response times during natural disasters. Team NeuroGate of Canada won fourth place, their solution uses Kinect motion data and machine learning to analyze gait patterns and diagnose potential neurodegenerative diseases.