Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry highlights the upcoming Imagine Cup, in which more than 50 teams of student developers descend upon the Microsoft campus in Redmond to show their vision for the future and compete for more than $200,000 in prizes.
Fifteen years ago, when Microsoft first launched Imagine Cup, the premise was simple: create a global innovation competition to inspire the brightest young minds in the world to bring their boldest ideas to life with technology.
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Their team name may suggest a certain nonchalance, but Italy’s Team #idontgiveanapp is anything but apathetic about the well-being of its target users. The team, winners in the recent Imagine Cup World Citizenship Semi-finals in Seattle, have created the HeartWatch app, designed to detect cardiac arrhythmia and help patients better manage their health.
Constantly checking users’ heartbeats via the Microsoft Band, HeartWatch notifies users about any anomaly their heart may experience. In serious cases, HeartWatch even notifies a selected list of friends and relatives, via SMS.… Visit the author's original post
What if by learning a language, you could have the power to change the world? If you ask Konstantinos Mavrodis, that language already exists – it just needs to be taught.
“Coding is a language,” he says. “We have English, we have Greek – that’s mine – but we have coding as well. So, we should learn how to code in early ages. Coding should be part of everyone’s life because it’s a way of communicating. It’s really useful, and helps everyone.”
Konstantinos and his Team PROGNOSIS Imagine Cup teammates Despina Efthymiadou, Dimitris Iakovakis and Vicky Bikia – all software engineers – used their coding skills to create something that indeed holds the promise to change the lives for many with Parkinson’s Disease.… Visit the author's original post
Want to get pregnant? There’s an app for that, thanks to Taiwan’s Team Boby, which recently won the 2015 Imagine Cup World Citizenship semifinals in Seattle. The team of four (Wang Zhenghong, Yang Wenqian, Lai Hezhun, and Xue Zhihao) from National Cheng King University, has created a unique tool to help couples determine the optimal time for conception.
Inspired by the sister of one of their teammates who has struggled to conceive for 10 years, Team Boby identified a problem that affects millions, and developed an innovative way to solve it.… Visit the author's original post
It’s one of my most favorite times of the year: time for the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals! Imagine Cup is the global student technology program and competition that provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications and games. Each year, the event is not only inspiring (seeing what these students across the globe develop is amazing!) but it’s also a ton of fun.
Today we’re featuring Team EnCourage — Cole Bailey, Dominik Doerner, Rene Brandel, Tobias Roddiger – an international group of four computer science students studying at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.… Visit the author's original post
You know the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? Three Imagine Cup students from the University of Auckland in New Zealand — Team Tether — have used that idea to create an app to bring the concept to life.
“Tether is a platform that helps you discover and leverage the talent in your social network,” they say. “With Tether, finding trustworthy and passionate people with the skills you need can be done instantly. You’re also helping those close to you get discovered for what they really love doing.”
As World Finalists in the Innovation category, Team Tether – also known as Alyssa Ong (user interface), Opender Singh (software developer) and Vivien Lei (business and legal) – are tapping into existing social networks to help friends find reliable help or even get discovered.… Visit the author's original post
When four Queens University students in Kingston, Ontario saw a need for better safety within their university community, they jumped on it. The result? A brilliant new app called “Walkly.” Walkly is the 21st century equivalent of calling your parents when you’ve reached your destination so that they don’t worry.
According to team member Anastasiya Tarnouskaya, a biomedical computing major, “With this app, users enter an estimated arrival time, and once they get to that destination, the app automatically alerts the trusted network that they got there safely.… Visit the author's original post
Teachers have many creative options when it comes to teaching about other cultures, but today’s Imagine Cup team – Malaysia’s SwinDesign — has designed an immersive game to do just that. Their game, “Tao: The Sacrifice” is a horror exploration game inspired by the folklore and rituals from the Melanau tribe. Players navigate around the map searching for clues and solving puzzles to proceed to further levels. The game uses both 2D and 3D design.
“We didn’t want to use a very conventional approach for making a horror game,” team member (Landon Chia) explains.… Visit the author's original post