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Microsoft’s Imagine Cup World Finalists Announced – List Includes Ugandan Team

ImagineCupMicrosoft last week announced the 35 Finalists teams who will travel to Seattle, Washington, USA to compete at the Imagine Cup World Finals, July 29 through August 2. These students will compete in three categories, Innovation, Games, and World Citizenship for a chance to win $50,000 USD plus a boot camp-style experience designed to really move their projects forward.Innovation, Games, and World Citizenship winning teams will receive hands-on mentorship and project development support from Microsoft and industry experts within Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft YouthSpark and PAX.

This marks the 12th year of Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology program and competition! Now under a global spotlight, students participating in the World Finals have proven they are the best of the best, beating out at least 150 teams from around the globe. While proving their project has what it takes to be the ultimate winner, students will have the opportunity to network with their peers and the judges, and learn valuable technical and business skills to help prepare them for their future careers, all while getting the chance to win cash and prizes totaling more than $1 million.

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At the World Finals Championship Ceremony on August 1, finalists will face judges including, Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, Code.org Co-Founder, Hadi Partovi, and Reddit General Manager, Erik Martin.

Representing Uganda, this year is AfriGal Tech from Makerere University . The all-girls team developed mDex –  a mobile sickle cell diagnosis tool comprising a windows phone app and external compound lens.

mDex uses computer vision and pattern recognition to diagnose the disease. Diagnosis is done locally on the phone and results stored in the cloud.

Here’s the full list of the 2014 World finalists:

Games

Team NameCountryProject Name
Liaison TeamBrazilLiaison
IllogicEgyptPuppy in Bubble
AnarTeamFranceAnarcute
Spotlight GamesGermanyMr. Skyjump
GenesisGreeceDementia: Tales of Blackthorn Manor
Seven SummitsIndiaPetite
Team NewAgeJamaicaProject Exit
BomonKoreaUnder bed
AnimusPhilippinesFitPals
Brainy StudioRussiaTurnOn

Innovation

Team NameCountryProject Name
ButterFlyBahrainNail Polish Mixer
ChemicaliumBosnia and HerzegovinaChemicalium
claVisionCanadaclaVision (Visual Automatic Piano Music Transcription)
ij DevelopersCyprusLADYBUG
TepHungaryTep
ReverseItalyReverse
KazokugurumiJapanKazokugurumi
MeepNew ZealandMeep
VanguardUnited KingdomRipple
flipped.uyUruguayflipped
Food&GramVenezuelaFood & Gram

World Citizenship

Team NameCountryProject Name
EyenaemiaAustraliaEyenaemia
Imagine The WorldChinaPersePhone
Access EarthIrelandAccess Earth
High RiseNigeriaCATARA
AmplifiersPakistanProject AMP
Power of VisionPolandFace Controller
The DiansPortugalNuada
I Copy YouQatarMimicking Robot for Autistic Children
SMTRomaniasMilestone
BarFooSerbiaSonochrome
SMART crewTaiwanVersatility of Usens: From Lab to Life
AfriGal TechUgandamDex
Grant FellowUnited StatesGrant Fellow

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Award-winning Founder of PC Tech Magazine and current Chairman of ICTAU.
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