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News  10, Jun 2013

7 Singaporeans head for Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Russia

Imagine Cup 2013 MicrosoftA competition for students to build and compete with innovate tools, the Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals 2013 would be held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Out of the 305 students selected for the Finals, seven young innovators from Singapore comprising of two teams have been selected to pitch their innovation and creativity in pursuit of US$1,000,000 in cash prizes and other awards.

To be held on July 8-11, the two teams have outdone their peers in Singapore with their innovative ideas, mastery of integrated technology and development of a strong business plan in order to represent the country.

They are Team EyeCanSee from Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) School of Information Technology and Team vSoft Studio from Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Read also: Imagine Cup 2013 sees young technopreneurs with KITS and SilNovation

Team EyeCanSee has created an application called Kinect Infantry Training System (KITS) that aims to help soldiers habituate and perfect their shooting posture, leading to higher accuracy attained during live firing, as well as to shorten the training time required to get a soldier ready for his or her first live race. The technology here will make use of skeletal recognition on the Kinect and sensors in the Windows Phone to analyze and give feedback on a soldier’s shooting poster and breathing techniques. The entire package runs on Windows 8 and makes use of advanced macro programming in Microsoft Office Excel 2013 to generate visual analytics of an individual soldier’s performance.

Team vSoft Studio on the other hand, will represent Singapore with their app, Speak Reminder. It is a simple app that features a thoughtful design to help users create reminders on their Windows Phone through the Speech Recognition API. “Smartphones were born to make our lives easier, so it should not make simple tasks complicated. Speak Reminder aims to help people to replace their sticky notes by their mobile devices with all the convenient of modern smartphones and cloud service,” said Nguyen Quy Hy, team member of Team vSoft Studio.

Imagine Cup is part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark Initiative to create opportunities for millions of young people around the world. It is also about cultivating entrepreneurship in students and “providing them with a vehicle to bring their creativity to life through apps, software platforms and social networks,” said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and chief evangelist at Microsoft. “Participating in initiatives such as Imagine Cup, DreamSpark and BizSpark gives students skills to transition from the classroom to the world as business owners, programmers, game designers and entrepreneurs.”

Some of the many esteemed judges at the Imagine Cup this year include Catherine Bracy from Code For America; Simon Lu from Twitter; Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of “Tetris”; and many others.

e27 wishes the best of luck to the seven impressive innovators to represent Singapore at the Imagine Cup Finals. You’ve already done us proud!

Elizabeth Tan

Elizabeth Tan

A graduate from NUS and an alumnus of NUS Overseas College India, Elizabeth has written for several online publications ranging from community, to fitness and now, e27. Ever since her stint in India, she found herself increasingly interested in startups and wanting to immerse herself further into its ecosystem. She used to own her own blogshop and now co-runs a tech company. Elizabeth is also a certified yoga instructor, specializing in Ashtanga yoga and loves all things Thai. Sometimes, she even wishes she were Thai.

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