Imagine Cup software Design UK Final

Last week saw the UK final for the Imagine Cup Software Design Competition where we picked a team to represent the UK at the worldwide finals in Poland this summer.

This year we partnered with five leading UK charities to work with the student teams to align real-world needs with top technical talent. A series of project briefs were made available to competitors, with four of the final six teams representing a charity partnership.


This year we saw an incredibly high standard of entries at the UK final which meant that the judge’s deliberations ran well over schedule – it was simply too hard to pick a top three!

The final winners were:

3rd Place - Instinctive Input – Hull University


Our third place team devised a cost effective eye tracking system using readily available webcams to allow severely handicapped people to control a PC

2nd Place – MindPoint – Leicester University


MindPoint created a multipoint application which could be used by teachers to deliver highly interact lessons to their students.

1st Place - The Olive Appreciation Society – Manchester University


In the end the ticket to the worldwide final went to team ‘The Olive Appreciation Society’ from Manchester University who built a system to help reunite refugees.

If that has whetted your appetite you're in luck because its not too late to compete in this year’s competition. Check out the Windows Phone 7 "Rockstar" Award where you build an application using Silverlight or XNA for Microsoft’s new phone platform.

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