Microsoft Announces India Winners of the 15th edition of Imagine Cup

Student winners of the Imagine Cup 2017 India Finals

New Delhi, April 24, 2017: Microsoft India today announced the India winners of Imagine Cup 2017, after concluding the national finals held in New Delhi.  Now in its 15th edition, Imagine Cup continues to foster innovation among students in the country and enables them to transform their ambitions into reality. With the vision of a one-click AI-based online parenting solution that helps to keep children secure from cyber-bullying, Content Holmes (BITS Pilani) emerged as the winner among 27 finalist teams from across the country. The team will now represent India at the upcoming worldwide finals in July in Seattle, USA, to compete among global teams for a USD 100,000 prize.

Narendra Bhandari (General Manager, Developer Experience and Evangelism) with Team Content Holmes (BITS Pilani), the winners at the Imagine Cup 2017 India Finals

Microsoft Imagine Cup continues to witness strong participation from India, as well as world over. This year, more than 15000 students registered from 1600 schools and colleges across the country. The winning teams showcased their innovative thinking, technical skills and ground-breaking solutions to address everyday challenges.

Congratulating the winners of this year’s national finals, Narendra Bhandari, General Manager, Developer Experience and Evangelism, Microsoft India, said, “Imagine Cup is all about innovation, transformation and what comes next. This year, we complete 15 years of Imagine Cup and we continue to cultivate a spirit of social and technological entrepreneurship, empowering students to use their creativity to address real societal problems through technology. Participants have shown remarkable effort and enthusiasm to develop cutting-edge technology solutions to help resolve some of the world’s issues and challenges. At Microsoft, we are committed to empowering student community and young developers build their skills to realize their true potential and transform their ideas into reality.”

 Imagine Cup is one of Microsoft’s many efforts to transform skill development, nurture budding technologists and foster collaborative and innovative spirit.  This global technology competition boasts of several success stories emerging from the competition. Last year, Team KudaPehchano developed a real-time garbage management system using machine learning and vision techniques, while Team DIGIY developed an interesting game of suspense and Team AxeJulius built an app to publish ebooks and shared them with the public. After competing and winning the Imagine Cup India 2015 under the World Citizenship Category, Sanket Ghorpade launched his project into a company, Manage Code Cultivate. Based in Mumbai, the company is providing a solution called “Brain Board”, Windows desktop application which helps users to communicate even if he is not able to physically move and verbally challenged.

Narendra Bhandari (General Manager, Developer Experience and Evangelism) with Team Mi-amigos (Chameli Group of Institutes), First Runner-Up at Imagine Cup 2017
Narendra Bhandari (General Manager, Developer Experience and Evangelism) with Team White Cane (IIT, Kharagpur), Second Runner-Up at Imagine Cup 2017
Narendra Bhandari (General Manager, Developer Experience and Evangelism) with Team PocketConfident AI (IIT, Hyderabad), Second Runner-Up at Imagine Cup 2017

 

About Microsoft Imagine Cup

Microsoft Imagine Cup is the company’s premier technology program and competition providing opportunities for student technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs from all academic backgrounds to collaborate, develop a technology application, create a business plan and gain a keen understanding of what is needed to bring a concept to market. Imagine Cup is a year-long activity open to students across the globe. The competition begins with local, regional and online contests, followed by screening of best projects from each country and with winners from these legs participating in the global finals. Over the past fourteen years, more than 1.7 million students from more than 120 countries have participated in the Imagine Cup. More information about Imagine Cup can be found at http://www.imaginecup.com.

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 8,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.