I know this post is a bit off the beaten path. Well it’s not really because it’s about technology and how it can be applied to better our lives. The Imagine Cup has been going for a few years now and is a student technology competition focusing on solving real issues we face in today’s world. And the great thing about this is the solutions are created but some of the brightest young university students we have out there. It’s a pretty cool competition and the finals are being held at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney this Thursday the 5th of May. we are opening this event up to the community so I encourage you to try and make the time to attend.
This year the Australia Imagine cup received a record 35 submissions from the 12 top Australian Universities and after two gruelling rounds of competition we are down to 5 teams to fight it out to be the best of the best. The winning team goes onto New York City later this year to represent Australia in the worldwide finals. A detailed agenda and profile of each team is below along with registration details.
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3:45pm - Doors open for seating 4:00pm – Welcome to the Australian Imagine Cup Finals Team 1 – 20min presentation + 10 Q&A Team 2 – 20min presentation + 10 Q&A Team 3 – 20min presentation + 10 Q&A Team 4 – 20min presentation + 10 Q&A Team 5 – 20min presentation + 10 Q&A 7:00pm – Australian Software Design winners announced 7:00- 9:00pm – Imagine Cup Finals celebrations
Aussie finalist team information:
University: Queensland University of Technology Project: Team Baby2Be’s project is designed to improve maternal health and safety by adding mobility, sensor surveillance and collaboration using affordable means and equipment. It uses sensors to maintain constant surveillance of their health status, allows medical professionals to fine tune the readings according to each patient or region, brings awareness to the clients on any potential dangers/information required on-the-fly and enables mothers to call for help ensuring timely response by emergency services.
Team: Global Aid
University: University of Melbourne Project: Team Global Aid aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths in under developed countries caused by lack of education on disease and medicines by providing children (and adults) with games they can play to educate themselves on these complex issues. Vaccines and medicines are explained through mini-games designed to get important messages across educating people in affected areas as well as increasing awareness globally.
University: Canberra University Project: While great strides have been made in helping disabled or paralysed people type with their minds, speed is an issue - it can take about 35 hours to type a letter of 250 words. Team UCEEG has developed an integrated hardware/software solution providing a faster way for handicapped people to type with the power of thought. Using the commercially available Emotiv EPOC brain-signal acquisition headset, which can detect mental commands, facial expressions and emotions, these are translated to text by mapping the eight strokes of digital digits.
University: Australian National University Project: Team8’s project is a social alert system that combines the mobility of smart phones, exposure of social networks, and the Internet to manage disaster information coming from people within or near disaster zones in real-time. It connects users to emergency services and their family and friends when they are within a disaster zone, allowing them to generate information that could help emergency services and governments ensure their safety and inform their friends and family of their safety status.
Team: Wings Team
University: Canberra University Project: Wings Team came up with an application that sends notifications about a catastrophe through SMS, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter and keeps people in the disaster zone and rescuers updated on the situation as it unfolds. An operator monitors the catastrophe, automatically notifying the mobile phones in the danger zone and sends them details on the path to safety. It can also provide rescuers with real-time information, such as the safest way to get people out of the risk zone and updates on the victims’ status.
So it should be an interesting afternoon with some very clever uses of technology. I hope you can make some time to get along.