Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Blog

A group of students intent on changing the world with technology pitched their ideas to Silicon Valley industry experts, academics, and media on Wednesday.

Arizona State University’s Shashank Srinivas gestures to Team Notetaker’s device as teammates Qian Yan (left) and Michael Astrauskas (center) look on.

Several teams of students who will participate in the July Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals in New York City got to first showcase their projects to people who could help them refine their concepts, find markets for their ideas and eventually find investors to provide the money they will need to turn their ideas turn into viable businesses.

The projects on display on Wednesday included a smart phone camera and app that can detect malaria, a device that helps low-vision and legally blind students take notes in the classroom, and games that educate mothers about the health of their unborn children and help children manage their asthma.

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