Microsoft Announces Worldwide Finalists for Imagine Cup 2012

NEW YORK — May 232012  Marking the 10th anniversary of the Microsoft Imagine Cupstudent technology competition, Microsoft Corp. today announced the teams that will head to the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in July in Sydney, to showcase their innovative ideas for using technology to solve the world’s toughest problems. As the winners of regional, national and online Imagine Cup competitions, these students represent the future of technology innovation and entrepreneurialism. 
Student teams from 75 countries have advanced to the finals with projects that tackle humanitarian issues including health, accessibility, the environment, education and more. They will compete at the Worldwide Finals event, July 6–10, for $175,000 (U.S.) in cash prizes in categories including Software Design, Game Design: Phone, Game Design: Xbox/Windows, the Windows Phone Challenge sponsored by Nokia, the IT Challenge, the Windows Azure Challenge, the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge sponsored by Microsoft Studios, and the Windows Metro Style App Challenge sponsored by Windows. In addition, today Microsoft is announcing two new awards for the Worldwide Finalists that are sponsored by The Coca-Cola Co.: Environmental Sustainability and Health Awareness. All Worldwide Finalist teams are invited to apply for these awards. 
“During the past decade, students have taken the lead in adopting new technologies and championing social transformation,” said Moorthy Uppaluri, general manager, Academic Programs at Microsoft. “Ten years ago, we created Imagine Cup with the idea that students can change the world — and every year they continue to demonstrate their passion and creativity in creating technology that makes the world a better place.”
More on the Environmental Sustainability and Health Awareness Awards
Microsoft and Coca-Cola are also announcing a collaboration to encourage the next generation of young technologists and entrepreneurs to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to improve the environment and healthy living. Imagine Cup Worldwide Finalist teams whose projects target these topics will be eligible to compete for the new Imagine Cup 2012 Environmental Sustainability Award and Health Awareness Award, sponsored by Coca-Cola. 
“Given the scale and complexity of today’s issues, it’s challenging for one business or even one industry to make a difference alone,” said Guy Wollaert, chief technical officer, The Coca-Cola Co. “Coca-Cola’s support of Imagine Cup provides an additional venue for students to be recognized for their innovation in addressing the world’s toughest environmental and health-related issues.” 
The winning team for each award will be announced at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Sydney and each team will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000 (U.S.). More information can be found at
A Decade of Imagine Cup
Imagine Cup has inspired a generation, with 1.65 million students from 190 countries participating in the competition during the past decade. Since last year, students from 29 new regions and countries, including Haiti, Rwanda, the Republic of Kosovo and Myanmar, have registered for the competition.
This year marks the first time that the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals event will take place in Australia. 
During the first Imagine Cup in 2003, there were a little more than 1,000 registrants from 25 countries, with only 15 finalist teams competing at the Worldwide Finals in Barcelona. Tu Nguyen, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, won first prize with a Pocket PC application designed to bridge the language gap between English-speaking waiters and Vietnamese-speaking chefs. Like many Imagine Cup alumni, Nguyen has gone on to become an entrepreneur and innovator; he was recognized in 2006 by the Midlands Business Journal as one of Omaha’s top 40 executives under 40 years of age, and is now chief technology officer of DocLanding, an online document management provider.
Dreaming Big and Creating Real-World Solutions: Imagine Cup Grants 
To extend the impact of Imagine Cup, last year Microsoft launched the Imagine Cup Grantsprogram, a three-year, $3 million investment by Microsoft to help students turn their ideas into reality. The first year of grant recipients were announced in January, including team Lifelens (United States), which developed a Windows Phone application that can detect the presence of malaria through a blood sample. The team is using the financial and in-kind support from the grant to develop its technology into a platform that uses Windows 8-based tablets and addresses other pathological diseases in addition to malaria.
“The Imagine Cup opens up students’ eyes to nontraditional technology applications that can address global issues and enable teams to brainstorm innovative ways to solve these problems,” said Wilson To, on behalf of the team. 
More information about the Lifelens project is available at
All the 2012 Imagine Cup Worldwide Finalists announced today will be eligible to apply for the Imagine Cup Grants program this year.
Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finalists 
The 2012 Imagine Cup Worldwide Finalist teams are:
Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finalists
CategoryCountryTeam Name
Software DesignAlgeriaNakamaTeam
Software DesignArgentinaBoddyMusic
Software DesignArmeniamLab
Software DesignAustraliaStethoCloud
Software DesignBahrainFutureTorch
Software DesignBangladeshEngine
Software DesignBelgiumMake A Sign
Software DesignBosnia and HerzegovinaSPU Team
Software DesignBrazilDigital Mangue
Software DesignBulgariaK-Vision
Software DesignCanadaGreeni
Software DesignChileIntegraKINECT
Software DesignChinaXight
Software DesignCroatiaTeam Spectrum
Software DesignCyprusBrightSight
Software DesignCzech RepublicJoyMind
Software DesignDominican RepublicThe Fellowship of the Ring
Software DesignEcuadorKany Warmys
Software DesignEgyptLevel Up
Software DesignFinlandMatalapaine
Software DesignFranceCapStreet
Software DesignGeorgiaGreen Bytes
Software DesignGermanyGreenway
Software DesignGreeceSymbiosis
Software DesignIndiaThe D Labs
Software DesignIndonesiaMalabar
Software DesignIraqMirage Tech
Software DesignIrelandDocTek Systems
Software DesignItalyItalian Ingenium Team
Software DesignIvory Coaste-soft
Software DesignJapanCoccolo
Software DesignJordanDancing Pillow
Software DesignKazakhstanEtzoockee
Software DesignKoreaLet IT Bee
Software DesignKuwaitThe Code Breakers
Software DesignLebanonCake
Software DesignMalaysiaThe Rhapsody
Software DesignMaltaTDGS
Software DesignMexicoReImagine
Software DesignMoroccoTeam Golden Drop
Software DesignNew ZealandMobile Eyes
Software DesignNigeriaGravity
Software DesignOmanGrawesome
Software DesignPakistanCeloks
Software DesignPalestinian AuthoritiesflyKIT
Software DesignPeruWake Up
Software DesignPhilippinesDivided By Zero
Software DesignPolandARMED
Software DesignPortugalwi-GO
Software DesignPuerto RicoThink
Software DesignQatarTechnology Lanterns
Software DesignRomaniaIQube
Software DesignRussiaBonjour Development
Software DesignSenegalSen Section
Software DesignSerbiaCatchCake
Software DesignSingaporeAlphaWaves
Software DesignAlgeriaNakamaTeam
Software DesignSlovakiaTeam OwNet
Software DesignAlgeriaNakamaTeam
Software DesignSloveniaOsmosis
Software DesignSouth AfricaAsclepius
Software DesignSpainHealthConnect
Software DesignSri LankaTeam V360
Software DesignTaiwanuCHAMPsys
Software DesignThailandNovitat
Software DesignTunisiaHeroes come Back
Software DesignTurkeyRepharmers
Software DesignUgandacipher256
Software DesignUkraineQuadsquad
Software DesignUnited Arab EmiratesRevolUtion
Software DesignUnited KingdomTeam EyeWorks
Software DesignUnited StatesFlashFood
Software DesignVenezuelaArbel
Software DesignVietnamGP3S
Game Design: Xbox/WindowsBelgiumHotfix_Windows
Game Design: Xbox/WindowsBrazilThe Doers
Game Design: Xbox/WindowsChinaxidianembed_6
Game Design: Xbox/WindowsFranceNano
Game Design: Xbox/WindowsIcelandRadiant
Game Design: Xbox/WindowsJapanEsperanza
Game Design: Xbox/WindowsJapanTeam Blossom
Game Design: Xbox/WindowsPortugalRed Phoenix Studios
Game Design: Xbox/WindowsThailandTANG Thai
Game Design: Xbox/WindowsUkraineHammerBird
Game Design: PhoneBrazilMonkey Pepper
Game Design: PhoneCzech RepublicWicked Games
Game Design: PhoneFranceEcosia
Game Design: PhoneFranceSwifteam
Game Design: PhoneHungaryTurtle Games
Game Design: PhoneIndonesiaOrg.Com mobile
Game Design: PhoneKoreaGaon Nuri
Game Design: PhoneLithuaniaLevelUp
Game Design: PhoneRomaniaAVe
Game Design: PhoneUnited StatesDrexel Dragons
Windows Metro Style App ChallengeBrazilVirtual Dreams Metro
Windows Metro Style App ChallengeKoreaTokTok
Windows Metro Style App ChallengeUkrainenLife
Windows Azure ChallengeAlgeriaThe Klein Team
Windows Azure ChallengeBrazilVirtual Dreams Azure
Windows Azure ChallengeRomaniaComplex
Windows Phone ChallengeEgyptVivid
Windows Phone ChallengeFinlandAaltovation
Windows Phone ChallengePolandThe Stack
IT ChallengeEgyptSherif Talaat
IT ChallengeRomaniaAlexandru Ticlea
IT ChallengeSingaporeJoshua Sim
Kinect Fun Labs ChallengeTo be announced in JuneTo be announced in June
Kinect Fun Labs ChallengeTo be announced in JuneTo be announced in June
Kinect Fun Labs ChallengeTo be announced in JuneTo be announced in June

More information about Imagine Cup is available at the Imagine Cup Virtual Pressroom and on the Imagine Cup blog.
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