VCU to lead U.S. in Microsoft's Imagine Cup

May 8, 2006

Four Virginia Commonwealth University students were chosen Friday to represent the United States in the Software Design Invitational of Image Cup 2006.

Microsoft's Imagine Cup competition is for technology students who compete for best in creative and technological innovations. This is VCU's second win in a row.

Representing the United States in the worldwide competition to be held in Delhi, India, are William Calder, Joanne Cunningham, A. Brooks Hollar and Brandon Saunders, who received a cash award of $8,000 and a trip to the worldwide finals this summer for a chance at more than $25,000 in cash prizes.

"The bar was set very high with this Imagine Cup competition -- we're thrilled and honored to be named U.S. champion and going to India to the worldwide finals," Hollar stated. "The Imagine Cup is such an exciting event and allows students like me and my team to do something that really matters: work together to create software solutions that make a difference in the real world."

The VCU students developed PocketDoc, an application that runs on mobile devices linking doctors and patients, allowing doctors to see if patients are adhering to treatment guidelines, as well as enabling patients to be more responsible for their own treatment through alerts and notifications when medication is needed.

Some 46 students from 13 teams were selected to participate in this year's U.S. Imagine Cup finals, where they were asked to create using Microsoft technology and .NET Web Services based on competition's theme: "Imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives."

Teams had to survive two qualifying rounds of competition before making the finals.

In second place was a team from the University of Nebraska at Omaha who developed the Emergency Stick. The microchip bracelet -- an encrypted USB device -- holds medical history and provides emergency real-time feedback about recommended treatment and is compatible with PDAs, mobiles, Tablet PCs and desktop computers.

In third was a team from East Tennessee State University who came up with the GenkiNet, an easy-to-use home health monitoring system that can read and store personal health information that could be accessed by a health professional.

"The students at this year's Imagine Cup represent the next generation of technology and business leaders," said Sanjay Parthasarathy, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Developer and Platform Evangelism, whose team organizes the Imagine Cup. "Each team has created an application that demonstrates the power of software in solving real-world problems. Their creativity, innovation and commitment to improving people's lives is inspiring, and speaks volumes about their futures and that of technology overall."

Last year's worldwide finals in Yokohama, Japan, had nine categories based around the theme, "Imagine a world where technology dissolves the boundaries between us," in which the Imagine Cup 2005 World Champion was awarded to Team OmniMusic from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Moscow State University in Russia.

The team won $25,000 for their software design in which they used technology to create an online music community to unite musicians, saying that music is a universal language.

The community they developed would allow musicians to find other musicians of complementary skills and interests, perform live in a distributed environment, and share the real-time performance via IP multicasting, allowing musicians to plug instruments into a computer or mobile device, staying connected and in synch while performing in different locations.

This year's finals will have teams compete in six categories based on technology enabling healthier lives. Finals are likely to be held from July 28 to Aug. 1, 2006.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: How emerging technologies can monitor environment, prevent disasters

Related Stories

Flyability set to empower drones for good deeds

February 10, 2015

Flyability drones are going to advance a perception of drones as service angels as opposed to attack agents. Switzerland-based Flyability is all about making robots to support search and rescue operations. Their product is ...

Playing a video game using thoughts

March 18, 2015

The start-up MindMaze has opened up a new dimension in the world of video games: moving with thoughts through a virtual environment or even directly interacting through certain emotions. Introduced earlier this month at the ...

Liquids and glasses relax, too: But not like you thought

January 15, 2015

A new insight into the fundamental mechanics of the movement of molecules recently published by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a surprising view of what happens when you pour ...

Recommended for you

Team develops targeted drug delivery to lung

September 2, 2015

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have developed a new method that can target delivery of very small volumes of drugs into the lung. Their approach, in which micro-liters ...

Not another new phone! But Nextbit's Robin is smarter

September 2, 2015

San Francisco-based Nextbit wants you to meet Robin, which they consider as the smarter smartphone. Their premise is that no one is making a smart smartphone; when you get so big it's hard to see the forest through the trees. ...

Team creates functional ultrathin solar cells

August 27, 2015

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria has developed an ultrathin solar cell for use in lightweight and flexible applications. In their paper published in the journal Nature Materials, ...

Magnetic fields provide a new way to communicate wirelessly

September 1, 2015

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body. The new technology could offer a lower power ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.