Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry comes from the Official Microsoft Blog, celebrating the champions of 2017’s Imagine Cup, the competition in which more than 50 teams of student developers descend upon the Microsoft campus in Redmond to show their vision for the future and compete for more than $200,000 in prizes. Team GNU.X from the Czech Republic took first place this year with an innovative project designed to help diabetics cope better with symptoms of the disease.
Today, we are excited to announce Team X.GLU of the Czech Republic as the 2017 Imagine Cup champions. X.GLU’s project is a combination hardware and Microsoft Azure cloud solution designed to help diabetics better cope with the disease’s symptoms. As the victors, X.GLU wins a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, $100,000 in cash, a $125,000 Azure Grant and a trip to the 2018 Build developer conference.
Second place went to Team Oculogx of the United States, which built a mixed reality app that uses HoloLens and Microsoft Azure to improve the process and experience for locating items in large warehouses. Third place went to Team Nash of Argentina for its project, RESCUE, a Microsoft Azure-powered platform that uses drones to reduce response times during natural disasters. Finally, fourth place went to Team NeuroGate of Canada, which created a solution that uses Microsoft Kinect motion data and machine learning to analyze gait patterns and diagnose potential neurodegenerative diseases.
The road to the World Finals was taken by tens of thousands of students with an idea on how to change the world using code. They then spent months developing their solutions, go-to-market plans and competing in National Finals across the globe. Then 54 teams from 39 countries were selected to compete in the World Finals.