Microsoft Australia organises the Imagine Cup global tournament, which annually challenges students to solve global problems using coding. Two Australian teams made it to this year’s finals in two different categories: one partnered with Alzheimer’s Australia to create a virtual dementia scenario to help families and caregivers understand the condition better; and the other team created a social companion app for mobile devices called SpeakerBoxx, which allows students to record a private diary, send anonymous messages to a teacher or school counsellor, or simply chat with friends at school. Through coding, alerts can be sent to appropriate support networks if the student consistently uses negative words or phrases.
More than 150 student projects were submitted from 64 countries for the 2015 Imagine Cup, the finals of which were held in July in Seattle, Washington, in the US. The 33 finalists included teams from China, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Korea, Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, France, Hungary, India, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palestine, the United Kingdom, the US, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.
Category: Spring 2015