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Microsoft Imagine Cup Grants Awarded to Students to Help Create Businesses and Nonprofits Aimed at Global Change

DAVOS, Switzerland — Jan. 27, 2012 — At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting today in Davos, Switzerland, Microsoft Corp. announced the winners of the inaugural year of the Imagine Cup Grants program, a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program for student technology and social entrepreneurs. Grant recipients include Team Apptenders from Croatia, Team Falcon Dev from Ecuador, Team OaSys from Jordan and Team Lifelens from the United States. The teams invented solutions that address issues, such as accessibility, health and education, and use technologies that include Kinect for Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Bing Maps and more.

Winners of the grants were finalists at the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals, a global competition now in its 10th year in which students use technology to solve the world’s toughest problems. The Imagine Cup Grants program is focused on providing opportunities for young people by helping Imagine Cup competitors create a business or nonprofit to bring the benefits of their ideas to the world.

The grant packages include $75,000 (U.S.) for each team, as well as software, cloud computing services, solution provider support, premium Microsoft BizSpark account benefits and access to local resources such as the Microsoft Innovation Centers. Microsoft will also connect grant recipients with its network of investors, nongovernmental organization partners and business partners.

“The Imagine Cup Grants program showcases young people’s ingenuity, entrepreneurial passion and real potential to solve tough real-world problems,” said Brad Smith, executive vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft. “Today’s young people will become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators and will build a better future for all of us if we give them the right opportunities.”

During the World Economic Forum meeting, the captains from the winning teams joined Smith, as well as Bill Gates and other guests including Nancy Lublin, CEO of, for a roundtable discussion on opportunity for youth. Participants discussed Microsoft’s corporate citizenship focus on bridging the opportunity divide — an emergent gap between young people who have the access, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not. The group discussed the critical role young people will play in building the future and the challenges they will face without the right education, skills and support. The Imagine Cup Grants program is one way Microsoft is helping to create tangible connections between young people and job, career and life opportunities that will help them succeed.

Imagine Cup Grants Award Winners

Team Apptenders, Croatia.
Team members: Ivan Antonic, Ivan Borko, Karmela Bresan and Dominik Tomicevic.
Project description: KiDnect is a Kinect-based solution for on-premise and remote physical therapy for children. This software has the ability to monitor a child’s exercises to ensure they are being completed correctly, and then it provides statistical analysis to the therapist.
Team video:

Team Falcon Dev, Ecuador.
Team members: José Vicente Anilema Guadalupe, Gerardo Francisco Pérez Layedra, Henry Javier Paca Quinaluiza and Juan José Morales Ruiz.
Project description: SkillBox is an affordable solution to help children who are hearing impaired by translating audio received from a teacher in a classroom into sign language. A wireless headset captures the sound and sends it to the computer, and then SkillBox shows the corresponding sign for the word or phrase.
Team video:

Team OaSys, Jordan.
Team members: Hani AbuHuwaij, Monir Abu Hilal, Mohammad Azzam, Mohammad Saleh and Yousef Wadi.
Project description: Horizon is a software and hardware system that allows people who do not have use of their hands or arms to use a computer. Specifically, it tracks head movements and translates these movements into mouse movements. Users are able to have full control of a computer and cellphone, browse the Internet, type, and connect with ease at a low cost.
Team video:

Team Lifelens, United States.
Team members: Tristan Gibeau, Cy Khormaee, Wilson To, Jason Wakizaka and Helena Xu. Project description: Lifelens is an innovative point-of-care tool to diagnose malaria using an augmented Windows Phone application. The project addresses the unacceptably high child-mortality rates caused by the lack of detection and availability of treatment of malarial diseases.
Team video:

The winning teams were selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants that competed in the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals last year in New York. A judging panel of industry experts with knowledge spanning technology, venture capitalism, software development, startup culture and the nonprofit sector ranked each team based on specific criteria, including project impact and viability and team quality and motivation. The judges included the following:

Akhtar Badshah, senior director of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft

Peter Cowhey, dean, Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies: University of California, San Diego

Tim Draper, founder and managing director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Debra Dunn, advisor to Social Ventures, Skoll Foundation

Edward G. Happ, global chief information officer of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, chairman of NetHope

Zeev Klein, general partner, Landmark Ventures

Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president, Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Microsoft

Jeff Raikes, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ann Winblad, managing director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Microsoft will work with the grant recipients to tailor their individual support depending on the progress each team has made so far with its project. The timing for each team to launch its solution will vary as they work toward starting up businesses and nonprofit organizations.




Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Team Apptenders from Croatia, Team Falcon Dev from Ecuador, Team OaSys from Jordan and Team Lifelens from the United States.

Microsoft Announces Four Imagine Cup Grant Winners in Inaugural Year

Today, we’re announcing the four teams that have been selected as the inaugural Imagine Cup Grant winners! Starting today, these students will continue their journey of transitioning their Imagine Cup project into a startup business or nonprofit organization with support from Microsoft as well as on the ground connections they will soon make.

It’s no secret that Imagine Cup students are changing the world. Since the competition’s launch in 2003 we’ve seen student inventions make a real impact in a variety of ways, from disaster relief efforts in Haiti and Japan, to revolutionizing student participation in the classroom, to helping with stroke rehabilitation for the elderly.

Without further ado, here are your Imagine Cup Grants winners!

Team Apptenders from Croatia

Team Members
Ivan Antonic, Ivan Borko, Karmela Bresan, Dominik Tomicevic

Project Description
KiDnect is a Kinect-based solution for on-premise and remote physical therapy for children, especially those born with Cerebral Palsy. This software has the ability to monitor a child’s exercises to ensure they are being completed correctly, and then provides statistical analysis to the therapist.

What’s Next
Team Apptenders hopes to add multilingual interfaces in order to integrate additional sensors for limb rotation monitoring and advanced data analysis. The team plans to deploy the system on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform.

Team Photo

Team Video

Imagine Cup Grant Video Team Apptenders from Croatia

Team Apptenders from Croatia and Michelle Fleming - WW MSP Lead







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