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Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2011: Final Round Today

July 12, 2011 No Comments

The 2011 Imagine Cup started this past Friday and went on through the weekend. With the theme being the same as before “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”. Students from all over the world have been going through different stages in the competition to get here. With 21 teams left, they will have their final presentations today and the award ceremonies tomorrow. The teams listed below are moving on to the final round:

  • Software Design
    • China, Care Everyone
    • Ireland, Team Hermes
    • Jordan, OaSys
    • New Zealand, OneBuzz
    • Romania, SIMPLEX
    • United States, Team Note-Taker
  • Embedded Development
    • Brazil, Embedded Brain
    • China, Harmonicare
    • France, Give Me 4
    • Romania, Endeavour_Design
    • Taiwan, NTHUCS
    • United Kingdom, Cycling into trees
  • Game Design – Mobile
    • France, Close World Mobile
    • France, Geekologic
    • US, Team Dragon
  • Game Design – Web
    • Philippines, Signum Fidei
    • Poland, Cellardoor
    • Slovakia, Quegee Team
  • Game Design – XNA/Windows
    • Brazil, Signum Games
    • Czech Republic, WickedTeam
    • Thailand, JubJub Team

    And the Prize…

    • First Place prize of $8,000
    • Second Place prize of $4,000
    • Third Place prize of $3,000
    • All that placed also get a Windows Phone

Since we are all about Windows Phone here, let’s take a look at the Team dragon.

Application Information

Asthma is the most common chronic illness in children and costs the US $19.7 billion annually in avoidable ER visits and lost productivity. Today’s asthma care paradigm is seen as a chore by many children. The tedium of daily asthma logs as well as the inconsistency of peak flow readings has led to adherence rates hovering around 50% for over two decades. But what if youth were compelled to play a more active role in managing their illness just because it was fun? Azmo the Dragon is a step in that direction. Youth play as a dragon visiting different worlds. RPG elements allow you to level skills. Tear through castles using melee attacks and prepare for the final battle with your fire breath. Fire is blown by correctly using a spirometer, a portable lung volume measurement device, that records children’s lung functions for review by a physician. Once civilizations are destroyed, Azmo must wait 8-12 hours real-time for them to rebuild. These valuable lung function measurements help pulmonologists understand the progression of a child’s asthma (or cystic fibrosis) and deliver better care. Children in even the most remote areas of Africa have access to mobile phones. Spirometry readings can be sent wirelessly to the closest doctor and analyzed to determine if the child needs to visit a hospital. Children play an active role in their health simply by enjoying a game on their phone. We present our take on the future of healthcare communication, where technology helps solve the toughest problems.



Good Luck to all of the contestants!



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