After three days of intense competition from technology students across the country, the winner of the U.S. software design finalist for this year’s Imagine Cup was announced today. Congratulations to Team MultiPoint Web! Jimmy, Mark and Luke Dickinson, three brothers from Oregon attending Georgia State University, Portland Community College & Tigard High School respectively, took the top software prize for developing an application that helps achieve universal primary education. MultiPoint Web builds upon existing education systems to provide a set of low to no cost web based learning activities that allow multiple students to use one computer at the same time to maximize use with limited hardware and funding.
Team MultiPoint Web will travel to Cairo, Egypt in July to represent the US in the worldwide finals and showcase their innovation alongside hundreds of other student teams from around the world. In addition, the team has won their choice of $8,000 cash distributed equally among the members, or $16,000 towards a National Collegiate Inventor and Innovator’s Alliance e-team grant for further development of their project.
The other winners include:
· First runner up is Team MangoBunnies, the first all-female team in the seven-year history of the U.S. Finals, for their invention of Computer-Assisted Medication Regimen Adherence (CAMRA), which supports HIV and AIDS patients by providing a medication regimen directly to their personal mobile device. Congratulations to Erin (“Ed”) Donahue and Ashley Myers from DePauw University; and Malisa Vongskul, from Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis! They win their choice of $4,000 cash or $8,000 towards NCIIA e-team grant.
· Second runner up is Team Special Child! Joshua Thacker ,Sandy Callahan, Shreyasi Dutta and Tomica Seals from the University of Arkansas Little Rock, developed an application that promotes children’s health and wellbeing by facilitating the adoption process and increasing the number of children placed into adoptive families each year. They win their choice of $3,000 cash or $6,000 towards NCIIA e-team grant.
· People’s Choice Award winner is Team Aurora Borealis from the University of Alabama at Birmingham for receiving the most public votes for their project of a cost-effective mobile health-care infrastructure that addresses the needs of expecting mothers and children in rural, underdeveloped countries around the world. The graphical expert system captures images of the patient’s condition to ensure that medical help reaches the expecting mothers in a timely manner.
· The Windows Mobile Award Winner is Team Safe Teen Driving from the University of Utah students, developed the Key2SafeDriving application to eliminate distractions and create a safer driving environment by transforming a regular car key into a Bluetooth device that syncs with the driver's mobile phone to block calls and text messages while the car is operating. The system also includes a location based service for calculating routes and evaluating how safely a person is driving. The Windows Mobile Competition challenged students to use technology to solve what they consider to be challenging problems facing our global society today.
Those are just the top five cutting-edge ideas. The U.S. Imagine Cup produced several inspiring technology solutions designed by high school and college students who want to make a difference in the world and are using innovation as the catalyst. Many of the biggest breakthroughs come from young people – and seeing all of these students at the imagine Cup is proof. Can’t wait to see all of the projects at the worldwide finals in July!