On 30 March, the winning teams of Korea Imagine Cup 2012 were announced at the University of Incheon. The young Korean winners won an all-expenses paid trip to participate in the Australia Imagine Cup 2012 Finals, which will be held in Sydney. Hosted by Microsoft, Imagine Cup is an annual competition that has seen more than 358,000 competitors representing 183 countries since 2003.

The theme for this year’s competition was: ‘Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.’ In total, 82 competitors from 19 teams participated in the Korea Imagine Cup 2012. The event was attended by several professors, judges, Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) volunteers, students and guests from the industry, government and non-government sectors.

“The Imagine Cup aims to foster creativity in students and it encourages students to give it their all. By coming up with their own ideas and technologies at a young age, these students can get a head start,” commented Lutz Ziob, General Manager, Microsoft Germany and Andrew Parsons, Academic Initiative Lead, Microsoft Australia. They were present at the event to host a media roundtable.  

The winning team for software design came up with an application named “Let IT Bee”, which is designed to support bee farmers and local businesses. They developed a bee hive monitoring system that records treatments, feeding, inspections, honey harvests and tracks colony temperament. With this application, users are able to diagnose the heath conditions of their bees and manage bee yards more efficiently. Beginner beekeepers can also benefit from the training materials provided by the application.

“We want to help save the honey bees from extinction by cultivating an interest in beekeeping. Imagine Cup is the best platform to showcase our ideas and highlight this problem to the public,” said the members of the ‘Let IT Bee’ team.

In a separate category of the competition, team ‘Noriter’ won with an innovative application that enables parents to protect their child by staying connected to the child at all times.

Through this event, Microsoft Korea hopes to show how information technology can help solve practical issues that people face.