NZ team finishes Microsoft's Imagine Cup in top six
- — 10 July, 2012 22:00
A New Zealand team called Team MobileEye has finished Microsoft's student tech competition, the Imagine Cup, in the top six with an application that assists the visually impaired.
More than 358,000 students competed in 183 countries in 2012. One team from each country was selected to compete in the international finals in Sydney, Australia.
The Imagine Cup requires competitiors to use technology to solve one of the world's problems.
New Zealand's team lost out to Team quadSquad, who developed custom sensory gloves called Enable Talk for assisting those with both visual and hearing impairments.
Team MobileEye was comprised of four students from the University of Auckland and AUT. The team placed in the top six for the software design category.
"We are over the moon to have made it to the top six – we were pretty positive coming into the worldwide finals competition, and the great support from our mentors, Microsoft New Zealand, as well as family and friends really helped drive us to get this far," said Team MobileEye's team leader, Aakash Polra.
The team worked with the Royal Foundation for the Blind to create an app for Symbian and Windows Phone that uses both crowd-sourced data and artificial intelligence to inform the user about their surroundings.
Kiwi teams have made it to the top six of the global Imagine Cup finals for the past three years.
Team MobileEye plans to continue to work on its project upon returning to New Zealand. The four students want to grow the project and export it overseas.