The Imagine Cup 2011 finals kicked off in NYC on July 8th. "This spring more than 350,000 students submitted projects in Imagine Cup Challenges around the world and now the final 400 students are meeting in New York to select the global winners in categories including Software Design, Game Design, and Digital Media."
- S8VER (Colombia) - a low-cost radio-controlled helicopter equipped with geo location, visual pattern recognition, and sound processing to locate victims after a natural disaster.
- Project HAWK (South Africa) - a solution that leverages geo-location and crowd-sourcing to provide disaster alerting/reporting as well as neighborhood collaboration.
- Rescue Me (Portugal) - a set of cloud solutions that help disaster rescue teams coordinate their forces on the ground and provide better distribution of resources
The 2011 Imagine Cup among others had many solutions focused on justice and public safety including:
The finalists will be judged by a panel of international industry experts but there is also a Peoples' Choice Award open to public voting. It's easy to vote - go here to learn more about the Imagine Cup, review the projects, and then "like" your favorites.
The 2011 Worldwide Finalist team with the most "likes" wins the People's Choice Award and $10,000. Don't wait - the finals have started and the Peoples' Choice Award voting closes on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 5pm ET.
[Source: Bright side Givernment blog]