Student teams from Asia-Pacific dominated the 2014 Worldwide Imagine Cup, Microsoft's premier competition for student technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Asia-Pacific brought home a record haul of four wins, with Team Eyenaemia of Australia crowned as the overall Imagine Cup World Champion. Team Bomon from Korea won second place in the Games category, Team Estimeet from New Zealand took first place in the Innovation category, while in the World Citizenship category Team Eyenaemia and Team SMART crew from Taiwan came in first and second, respectively.
Team Eyenaemia gained the judges' nod with a simple, noninvasive and easily accessible screening tool for anemia. By simply taking a selfie, Eyenaemia examines the conjunctiva and calculates the risk of anemia through analysis of a photo of the eye, putting years of medical training into the hands of untrained or first-time users.
“There is not a business, vertical industry or person on the planet untouched by technology,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Nadella said. “Imagine Cup empowers students to hack tough problems, while learning and building off the work of others. Student developers play a huge role in bringing new technologies to life in a mobile-first, cloud-first world."
Over the past 12 years the Imagine Cup has empowered more than 1.7 million students worldwide to do more and achieve more through technology.
At the Imagine Cup World Championship ceremony held at Microsoft’s TechReady conference at the Washington State Convention Center, Microsoft also announced the expansion of the Imagine Cup program to make it available for even younger students worldwide who have the desire to create and code using Microsoft technology.
“Going forward, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup program aims to empower even more students, at younger ages, with the technologies, skills and resources to build a lifelong passion for technology, helping to grow the next generation of innovators. We’re very proud of the Imagine Cup program and even more proud of our student competitors from all around the globe,” said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and chief evangelist, Microsoft.