Microsoft’s Imagine Cup For Innovative Student Ideas In The Gulf Region

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Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is the world’s most prestigious student technology competition, bringing together student innovators from all over the world. If you have a great idea for a new app, bring it to life through Imagine Cup.

Across the Gulf this year, Microsoft is giving away fantastic prizes such as internships, holiday packages and more. At the worldwide finals, Microsoft is giving away more than $300,000 (U.S.) in prizes and every finalist team will be flown to St. Petersburg, Russia, in July 2013 for the thrilling showdown at the Worldwide Finals. Below are the dates for the competition.

Oman (21 Mar 2013)
Doha (25 Mar 2013)
Dubai (28 Mar 2013)

The competition in Bahrain was held on 27 Feb and was won by  Project Bundle; an application that allows users make accounts to create and share Bundles, and view other people’s Bundles. A Bundle is a collection of links to any websites, blogs and / or social media medium; it can also include uploaded documents or photos.

The finalist for the UAE competition are: -

Reutilizer: a mobile application and website used by individuals to tackle waste management and biofuels. The website is used by small restaurants to avoid waste and uses a mapping algorithm which groups nearby individuals and stores in order to optimize pickups and make routes more efficient.

Absolute Security: secures any soft or digital product against piracy by using advanced encryption.

Cloud Scrubs: a unified Electronic Medical Record system which offers a common, usable and readable format for EMRs.

Sleep Apnea Monitor (SAM): phone application that aims to diagnose and monitor sleep apnea patients, through utilizing some of the phone’s built-in features, in a cost-effective and more comfortable manner.

 Sparkka: an application that answers medical queries and dispenses localized medical advice to patients and seekers of medical advice via its rich and easy-to-use interface.

The finalist for the Oman competition are:

Pregnanion -  which is the ultimate pregnancy companion; it is a multi-language application that all pregnant women in the world can use and benefit from in a fun and interactive way to improve their health and their baby’s health during the pregnancy and after the delivery.

Team ARMZ presents Project “VolunteerBook”, a social app in Windows Phone that allows users to interact freely with each other under a voluntary work umbrella.

Project “ARMZ” is an intelligent application that reacts to a minimum interaction from user, a voice or a click, to provide them with all available information related to the subject of their ‘thoughts’

Team AnaCode from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) was shortlisted for the Project “I found it”, a social network that helps to write down an idea, search for people with specific expertise, share it with them and start work!

Team Thrizers from the Higher College of Technology competes with Project “ReadX”. One of the greatest global challenges is perhaps Dyslexia; the idea of developing an application that is going to help Dyslexic people and will help in tackling the issue without stress.

Click here to enter the competition.


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