Imagine Cup 2011: Microsoft Unveils $3 Million Grant Program, Winners Announced

The winners of the ninth annual Microsoft Imagine Cup, announced honoring student innovations that address global problems such as improving road and fire safety, eradicating poverty, and creating a more sustainable environment.In addition, the Redmond company also unveiled plans to launch a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program to help recipients realize their vision of […]

The winners of the ninth annual Microsoft Imagine Cup, announced honoring student innovations that address global problems such as improving road and fire safety, eradicating poverty, and creating a more sustainable environment.

In addition, the Redmond company also unveiled plans to launch a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program to help recipients realize their vision of solving the world's toughest problems," revealed Microsoft.

The Imagine Cup 2011 competition winners were announced tonight at the Imagine Cup World Festival and Awards Ceremony at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York. The event was the culmination of a six-day celebration of technology, hard work and ingenuity.

"Team Hermes from Ireland took home top honors in the Software Design competition. The team designed a device that plugs into a car and monitors dangerous driving behavior and road conditions, providing instant feedback to both the driver and the car owner. The team's solution uses embedded technology, Windows Phone 7, Bing Maps and the Windows Azure cloud computing platform to change driving habits and reduce road deaths, which impact a significant number of young lives each year. With its victory, the team won $25,000 (U.S.)."

"In the Embedded Development category, Team NTHUCS from Taiwan won first place and $25,000 (U.S.). Its project, RIGHT!! This Way, computes the safest fire escape routes, detected by a wireless sensor network in real time."

And, in the Game Design category, there were three subcategories in which teams competed; all winners focused on some element of environmental sustainability. In Game Design -- Mobile, Team Geekologic, from France, focused on renewable energy. In Game Design -- Web, Poland's Team Cellardoor created the "Book of Elm," which encourages players to take care of the environment. And in Game Design -- Windows/Xbox, Team Signum Games, from Brazil, solved urban problems including health, education and the environment through a strategy game. Each first-place team earned $25,000 (U.S.).

For completed winners list, read the Microsoft Press release.