At the World Economic ForumÂ in Davos, Switzerland, Microsoft announced the winners of the inaugural year of the Imagine Cup Grants program. As part of the program, the winning teamsÂ will getÂ $75,000 (U.S.) as well as software, cloud computing services, solution provider support, premium Microsoft BizSpark account benefits and access to local resources such as the Microsoft Innovation Centers. Microsoft will also connect grant recipients with its network of investors, nongovernmental organization partners and business partners.
This year winning team projects were Windows Phone app designed to diagnose malaria, a Kinect-based system for physical therapy, a real-time sign language translator for classrooms, and a device to bring independence to quadriplegics by enabling them to operate computers on their own. The demo of the Windows Phone app to diagnose Malaria can be seen above.
You can read more about this grants program here.