The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a competition that encourages students to solve the world's toughest problems.

Visual impairment is one of those, and Team Mobile Eye from AUT took on the challenge. Their winning solution is a mobile app to assist people with visual impairment to “see” the world around them, through a combination of computer intelligence and crowd-sourced audio support.

Congratulations to Team Mobile Eye for winning the Imagine Cup NZ 2012!

Team Mobile Eye explains their solution.

It was an intense competition this year. From an initial 400 entries across the country, four very strong teams were chosen from to contest the final stage of the NZ 2012 contest. These were Thought-Wired, Connect, Aura and Mobile Eye. You're all awesome.

Imagine Cup NZ 2012 finalists celebrate.

For those that attended I know you’d agree that the competition was massive – we were delighted to host more than 1,000 people to enjoy the event in the Auckland Town Hall. What great enthusiasm for these innovators who will be hi-tech leaders in NZ's future.

Check out the full coverage of Imagine Cup 2012 here http://blogs.msdn.com/b/nzgovtech/archive/2012/05/03/congratulations-to-team-mobile-eye.aspx.

For more information on Microsoft Imagine Cup visit www.imaginecup.co.nz