By Emeka Aginam, in Seattle, Washington
For the Microsoft judges, it was a difficult task to select the best Team out the three Teams that pitched for the final stage in Innovation, World Citizenship and Games this morning in front of capacity audience of about 5,000 students, judges, partners, Microsoft employees and media at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.
It would be recalled that Microsoft judges had chosen a first-place winners in each of the three Imagine Cup competition categories. The Teams included IzHard from Russia for Games, Team eFitFashion from Brazil for Innovation and Team Virtual Dementia Experience from Australia for World Citizenship.
Although the three Teams from Brazil, Australia and Russia did brilliant presentations, the judges eventually selected the best.
While Microsoft Chief Executive Officer, Satya Nadella advised the innovative students including Team LifeWatch from Nigeria whose solution is already attracting market attention to keep the dreams of imagine cup alive, he crowned Team eFitFashion from Brazil as the winning team of the 2015 Imagine Cup World Championship during a live broadcast in front of the audience.
This development will also allow them to have a meeting with Microsoft CEO Team eFitFashion’s project, Clothes For Me is a marketplace for custom tailored clothes based on a person’s unique body size and shape.
“All of you represent that passion to dream the impossible and make it possible. I want you to keep that dream alive,” Nadella told the Imagine Cup competitors Friday, adding that, “What you started at this competition is going to grow, because of your passion, your dreams, your ability to take it forward and your ability to learn on the way.
It’s such a pleasure for me to see the passion and the innovation you have demonstrated today.
“The 2016 season of Imagine Cup launches today, as well, and it’s never too early for students to start dreaming up their next projects and getting prepared by visiting our website.
“We’re finding talented student developers at younger and younger ages, too – last week we shared the results of a new competition for students as young as 9 years old, and the work they did was impressive.
“We’ll have more opportunities for younger students coming in August and continuing all season long.
“When Bill and Paul started Microsoft in college, they were talented and fearless. We see that spirit every day in the students who learn to code through Microsoft Imagine and go on to compete in the Imagine Cup.
“Working with students like these is an honor and a profound responsibility, one that Microsoft cherishes. Especially on days like today, when we see the incredible work students can do when they connect with technology and dream big” he explained.
Accordingly, Microsoft panel of distinguished judges including Thomas Middleditch, star of the hit HBO show “Silicon Valley;” Alex Kipman, inventor of HoloLens; and Jens Bergensten, lead developer of Minecraft had decided between the top three Imagine Cup teams, narrowed down from tens of thousands of teams from across the globe.
For 13 years, Microsoft Imagine Cup has inspired and challenged student developers worldwide to master new skills, build strong teams and bring entire technology projects from concept to completion.
As a company originally founded by students, Microsoft believes in the power of young people connecting with technology to dream big, build creatively and boldly bring their ideas to life.
Through our Microsoft Imagine program, students of all ages and skill levels get the world’s best coding tools and online learning at no cost, so they can build their future now.