Microsoft Announces Imagine Cup 2012 Winners, Ukrainian Team Takes Top Place with Enable Talk. Student winners from across the globe, including United States and Thailand, are honored at the 10th anniversary of the Imagine Cup.
Microsoft Corp. announced the winners of the 10th annual Imagine Cup, the world's premier student technology competition, honoring student technology innovations. The Imagine Cup 2012 competition winners were announced tonight at the Imagine Cup World Festival and Awards Ceremony at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, in front of 106 student teams. The event was the culmination of a five-day celebration of technology, teamwork and innovation.
More than 350 students from 75 countries traveled to Sydney after competing in local and online events, representing the best and brightest selected to compete in the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals. Cash prizes totaling approximately $175,000 (U.S.) were awarded across eight competition categories.
"Over the past 10 years, Imagine Cup participants have applied technology and minds to positively impact their local communities and change the world," said Moorthy Uppaluri, general manager, Global Academic Programs, Microsoft. "Whether it's using the cloud to aid in disaster recovery, inventing technology to make education more accessible to erase the digital divide or making it possible to diagnose medical conditions using mobile phones, the Imagine Cup has inspired students to imagine what once was considered impossible and make it real."
Team quadSquad from the Ukraine took top honors in the Software Design Competition with its device, Enable Talk, which uses a pair of gloves equipped with 15 flex sensors and a microcontroller that continuously recognize sign language patterns, which are then transmitted via Bluetooth to a Windows Phone device that uses the Microsoft Speech API and Bing API to translate the signs into audio. With its victory, the team won $25,000 (U.S.).