On 15 May, Microsoft Indonesia held the Imagine Cup 2012 Finals at Balai Kartini, Jakarta, with this year’s competition drawing strong interest and around 440 submissions from across the country.

Team Malabar, comprising four students from the Bandung Institute of Technology (Institut Teknologi Bandung, or ITB), stood out among a highly competitive field and was awarded the top prize for their ‘BrainStat’ solution. As this year’s Indonesian winner, the students also received a total of Rp 15 million (US$1,590) from Microsoft and represented Indonesia in the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals at Sydney, Australia, in July.

“This event aims to encourage students to develop the ability to solve various problems that exist around the world. We hope that these innovative technologies can bring about a positive change,” said Walid Abu Hadba, Corporate Vice President of Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Indonesia.

The theme for this year was “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”. Participants were required to present ideas that demonstrate how technology can lead to innovative solutions that solve practical issues. Team Malabar was chosen as the eventual winner because they presented the ideas clearly and their practical solution displayed promising business potential.

Team Malabar developed their ‘BrainStat’ project with an aim to reduce the number of traffic accidents. By monitoring the brain wave activities of the driver, this application can help to track the physical condition and concentration level of the driver, and send out a warning in advance to prevent an accident from occurring. The application can be inserted into devices such as a modified headset.

With the high rate of traffic accidents caused by driver drowsiness, intoxication or poor physical conditions, the ‘BrainStat’ solution can prove to be a very useful tool in tackling this issue. 

“Although the competition is very intense, we feel very happy and proud of ourselves. The feeling of creating something that can change the world is just extraordinary,” commented Dody Qori Main, one of the members of Team Malabar. 

“This event aims to encourage students to develop the ability to solve various problems that exist around the world. We hope that these innovative technologies can bring about a positive change.” 

-  Walid Abu Hadba, Corporate Vice President of Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Indonesia